Press Release for the Spring 2019 Sustainable Communities Series:
NEXT is launching our Spring education series on how we can impact climate change and equity by addressing local issues.
Join us at Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio (123 W. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill) for one or more of these free community conversations. Everyone is welcome!
Scroll to the bottom of this page for tips on commuting to Carolina Square.
Spring 2019 Sustainable Communities Series:
Please RSVP for each event you plan to attend. Scroll below for additional details.
- March 21 from 6-8pm: Downtown Walking Tour
- April 16 from 6-8pm: Accessible Public Transportation & Greenways
- May 17 from 6-8pm: Diverse & Affordable Housing
- June 6 from 6-8pm: Designing for Vibrant Communities
Downtown Walking Tour
Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Join us for a walking conversation about the successes and opportunities to develop dense, walkable/bikeable, affordable downtowns in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Starting at 6 pm in the Courtyard of the CURRENT Studio, 123 W. Franklin St., Ending at Steel String Brewery in Carrboro at 8 pm.
Fantastic event – thanks to all who walked and learned with us!
Accessible Public Transportation & Greenways
Tuesday, April 16 , 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Comprehensive, regional public transportation systems and connected, accessible greenways are two strategies that can address the joint goals of ameliorating climate change and building equity. Join us in Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio (123 W. Franklin Street) for this important community conversation in our Sustainable Communities Series.
WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT:
- How public transit and greenways build equity and address climate change
- Our existing public transportation and greenways systems
- How we can support these community resources and make them stronger
WITH THESE LOCAL EXPERTS:
- Dr. Allie Thomas, Professor with the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning
- Commissioner Mark Marcoplos, Orange County
- Brian Litchfield, Director of Chapel Hill Transit
- Alderman Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tem Carrboro Board of Alderpersons and Chair of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization
Prioritizing Diverse & Affordable Housing
Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Diverse and affordable housing is an important part of a sustainable community. Join us in Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio (123 W. Franklin Street) to learn about the wide range of options we have for creating affordable housing, from low-income tax credits to tiny home initiatives, and which currently exist in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Participants will engage in an interactive simulation to better understand which types of affordable housing options fit the needs of various community members.
Designing for Vibrant Communities
Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Being intentional about how we build our communities can have positive impacts on building equity and acting on climate change. On March 21, NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro sponsored a Downtown Walking Tour in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, part of a dialogue about the successes and opportunities to develop dense, walkable/bikeable, affordable downtowns in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Join us on June 6 to continue that discussion: reviewing current and recent local initiatives; and discussing how plans for more dense development can be designed to align with community character.
This will be a workshop format, taking place in Carolina Square’s new CURRENT Studio (123 W. Franklin Street). Three presentations will be offered, followed by a moderated question and discussion period, followed by more detailed discussion in breakout groups.
Three presentations will be offered to kick-off discussion:
- Summary of approaches to design and density currently in practice in communities across the Triangle.
- Description of innovative approaches to incorporate affordable housing options into new development projects.
- Exploration of ways that projects of higher densities can be designed to align with and enhance community character.
Speakers will be announced soon. Join this important finale to our Sustainable Communities Series on June 6!
COMMUTING TO CAROLINA SQUARE:
- The Current Studio is easily accessible by foot, bike and public transportation: Chapel Hill Transit, GoTriangle and Orange Public Transportation, and Chapel Hill Transit.
- Many bus lines have stops within a block of Carolina Square: On Chapel Hill Transit (NS, T, CW, J, F, CM, A, G), GoTriangle (400, 405), OPT (420)
- At Carolina Square, there are both in-door/covered and exterior bike racks. There are also electric charging stations for electric vehicles at the entrance of the parking deck.