Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Transportation Planner Sean Flaherty will talk sustainable transportation choices for Charlotte, N.C.’s future during a panel discussion at the first annual Charlotte Sustainability Summit. The event, which is being sponsored by the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability and Sustain Charlotte, will be held June 7-9 at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Center City campus.
“Charlotte is growing at a rapid pace and smart development and infrastructure is essential to keeping our city livable,” commented Flaherty. “It’s important that we develop solutions that will enhance culture, safety, health and overall quality of life. At GS&P, we’re committed to practicing social, economic and environmental stewardship and implementing designs that balance immediate community needs with future impact and value. I’m looking forward to being part of a great discussion at the Charlotte Sustainability Summit about how we can advance sustainability and provide multi-modal transportation options for our city.”
A summary of the panel discussion follows.
Transportation Choices for a Sustainable Future
By the year 2030 Charlotte will have 400,000 more residents. As people move to the region, they’re bringing their cars, but they’re not bringing any roads or infrastructure with them. For the average Charlotte household, transportation costs consume 22 percent of household income. It’s more important than ever for Charlotte to invest in sustainable transportation networks and become a city where everyone can easily travel by walking, biking, or public transit. Following a presentation about Charlotte’s transportation challenges and opportunities, session attendees will take a short guided walk to the Seventh Street Public Market and Charlotte Transportation Center to learn how different modes of transportation can be used together.