Charles A. “Chuck” Flink, FASLA
Charles A. "Chuck" Flink is an award-winning planner, designer and author. Chuck is the founder, owner and President of Greenways Incorporated, a consulting firm located in Durham, North Carolina. He is widely regarded as one of America’s leading greenway planners, having completed comprehensive greenway, trail and open space plans for more than 250 communities within 36 States and provided consulting services in Argentina, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Japan and St. Croix, USVI. Flink was elected to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows in November 2003. He is the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Design at North Carolina State University.
Chuck co-authored Greenways. A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, in partnership with The Conservation Fund. This book received a 1994 Merit Award in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is cited by the American Planning Association as “the best single reference” on greenway development. Chuck also co-authored Trails for the Twenty-First Century, which received a 2001 Merit Award in Communications from the NC Chapter of ASLA.
Chuck has been featured in prominent national and international publications including National Geographic, Triangle Business Journal, Private Clubs, Landscape Architecture, Walking, American Planning, Good Housekeeping, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Buzzworm Environmental Journal, Southern Living and American City County. In 1995, Chuck received an Environmental Excellence Award from the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration for the Swift Creek Recycled Greenway, the nation's first greenway built from recycled trash. In 2001, he received a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for his involvement with the Grand Canyon Greenway project.
Chuck has lectured on the planning and design of greenways at more than 200 national and international conferences since 1986. He graduated Cum Laude in 1982 from North Carolina State University's College of Design and later served as an Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture for five years. He currently serves on the College of Design Leaders Council and is Chair of the Board of Visitors at NC State University. He served three consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board for American Trails, Washington, DC and five consecutive terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000 mile urban trail that extends from Calis, Maine to Key West, Florida along the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States.