A robust transit system allows workers to find and stay in jobs, while ensuring all of the companies that have chosen Greenville as their home have an accessible and reliable workforce. Getting folks out of their cars and on buses also means less money spent on parking and roads, and allows us to engage in smarter land use planning.
Expanding Greenlink service can help with that. To that end, the City should work with the County to fully fund Greenlink’s Transit Development Plan.
I’m proud of the investments Greenville has made in its parks, trails, and streams, and want to see that same level of investment in the City’s long-term sustainability.
That starts with transit-oriented development and smart land use policies. With 41,000 new residents expected by 2023, we need a smart – and ambitious – plan for growth (hey, GVL2040). That means our policies and budget priorities should encourage folks to get on the bus or on their bike and off the road.
Cutting the number of vehicle miles travelled also helps us cut our greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), a goal the City signed onto in 2006. Investing in clean energy and energy efficiency, particularly in our government buildings, is another way to reduce our carbon footprint. Likewise, the City should immediately join Columbia and Atlanta in setting a goal to transition to 100% clean energy, and I support the hiring of a sustainability officer to oversee these initiatives.
Finally, the City must stand up for its residents in Southernside as they fight for Duke Energy to clean up decades-old coal tar pollution. We have a moral obligation to ensure the health and safety of that community and the environment.