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    Mixer attendees learn about Goodwill's sustainability programs

    Thanks to our many members, partners, and followers who attended the November Green Drinks Charlotte + Sustain Charlotte monthly mixer at The Liberty!


    Stephanie Hoffman talked about how our Silver Partner, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, is transforming lives by equipping people with practical job skills and providing work experience. The GRID is Goodwill's unique electronics store that sells refurbished computers, vintage games and gaming systems, and computer parts. Proceeds from Goodwill sales support their programs, so your donations of gently used items will not only keep those items out of the landfill but also allow Goodwill to continue providing jobs and other services to area residents! 

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    Walk Your Neighborhood inspires pedestrians to explore Plaza Midwood Business District!

    The Sustain Charlotte + OrthoCarolina Walk Your Neighborhood project in the Plaza Midwood Business District was a resounding success! Over 120 people from the surrounding neighborhoods spent the afternoon exploring local businesses and destinations on foot!


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    Biketoberfest: A community event of lasting impressions


    Photo taken at Wooden Robot Brewery by Rachel Safren, The Vital Form.

    Our First Annual Biketoberfest was an unprecedented community event, full of fun and excitement for people of all ages! This event was all that we had hoped it would be, as it inspired Charlotteans and visitors alike to open their minds to the joys and benefits of riding a bike around town. Here's what some of our participants had to say:

    What was your favorite thing about Biketoberfest?

    "Biking around with other people with similar interests. The awesome people I met and the cool places we were able to see. I also enjoyed that I felt like I was helping out our community by answering the questions and participating. Biketoberfest was the coolest thing I've done in Charlotte and I have lived here for 4+ years!"

    "Spending time with my daughter and one of her friends. My daughter is 26 and we usually meet for lunch or dinner....same ole stuff. I haven't seen her laugh and smile in awhile as much as she did on our adventure! She kept thanking me for taking her, even again the next day. She said it made her feel so relaxed biking and being outside. She was acting like a kid on that bike :) (We used the b cycles.)"

    "Going on an adventure with my friends to learn more about our city!"

    "My small group kept running into the same people along the way -- by the end, we were chatting over beers at 3C and liking each other's Instagram posts. It was cool to be a part of something where you could go your own way but still be part of a bigger group :)"

    "Learning I could ride my bike to all of these places I never realized I could."

    "Being outdoors and challenging our thinking about sustainability."


    Do you plan to attend Biketoberfest next year if your schedule allows?

    "I wish this event would occur several times a year!"

    "Honestly, wouldn't miss it. We had a great time!" 

    "Absolutely!!! Loved it :)"

    "I hope we don't have to wait a whole year!!"

    "I took the day off work for this year's event -- I'll be there next year! :)"


    Our goal was to create an event to highlight how fun and easy it is to travel around South End and Center City without a car. Did we succeed in doing that?

    "This was great. I had been afraid to ride my bike around the city because it didn't seem safe and this event really opened my eyes and now I want to ride as often as possible"!

    "My daughter went with me and she had never biked around Charlotte. She now wants a bike!"

     "I am definitely going to try biking to more places from where I live now that I know how easy that was."

    "I just recently got my bike (August) and still felt slightly uncomfortable riding around. Every time I ride around South End and Uptown, I get more comfortable. I felt 100% comfortable the entire Biketoberfest."

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    City Council Discusses Zoning Update

    The City of Charlotte is about to embark upon an extensive review and update to its Zoning Ordinance and Policy. At today's (August 10) Transportation and Planning Committee meeting, Planning Department staff talked about the upcoming process and gave committee members a chance to discuss their concerns and ideas. 

    One of the key recommendations for the update process is to strengthen the linkage between vision plans and implementation tools in order to build the type of people-oriented places that will be desirable to current and future residents. The process will include significant external stakeholder engagement. A public engagement strategy will be part of the consultant's scope of work.


    The Centers, Corridors and Wedges Growth Framework guides Charlotte's growth & development.

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    Grier Heights youth uncover hidden costs of transportation choices

    When we educate residents about the impact of our area's sprawling land use patterns and transportation habits, we usually share the statistic that the average Mecklenburg County household spends 26 percent of their income on transportation costs, much more than the national average of 19 percent (learn more in our 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card). 

    But for teens who have never been behind the wheel, that's a very abstract idea. Last Friday, we created and facilitated a game to bring this statistic to life.


    Teens in Grier Heights mapped areas they'd like to access by bike, walking, or transit.

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