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    Sustain Charlotte members celebrate at summer potluck

    June 23 may have been the hottest day of the year, but it didn't keep our members from enjoying a family-friendly evening of grilling and games at a beautiful (and surprisingly breezy) lakeside pavilion in Park Road Park! We celebrated the success of our June fund drive and welcomed many of the 61 new members who have joined in the past few weeks. The financial support of our members allows us to do the important work of moving Greater Charlotte further along a sustainable path. This picnic was our chance to say THANK YOU!

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    The Sustainability Scholars from Davidson College joined us for food and fun!

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    CATS narrows down options for Silver Line rail

    Following a series of public meetings over the past year, CATS staff have determined two possible alignments for the future Silver Line light rail. These options are based on technical considerations as well as input from over 1,000 community members who shared their desires and concerns for the corridor.

    Click here to see the area under consideration. At the June 22 Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) meeting, we learned that CATS has narrowed down the possible alignments from four options to two. Here's the area through which the Silver Line will run:

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    Study area for the Silver Line (image from charmeck.org)

     

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    Volunteers recognized for work with Grier Heights residents

    At their June meeting, the Board of Directors of CrossRoads recognized Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) volunteers for their excellent and committed work alongside Grier Heights residents in the first half of 2016. CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc. is a faith-based non-profit organization in partnership with Myers Park Presbyterian Church, the residents of Grier Heights and numerous other stakeholders of Grier Heights in the revitalization of the neighborhood.

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     Sustain Charlotte Community Corps partners closely with Grier Heights residents!

    Gloria Green, Director of the Grier Heights Community Center, applauded Sustain Charlotte's approach for truly working with residents rather than imposing a pre-determined agenda on them as some well-intentioned organizations do. "They really listen and work with us to find out what this community needs." 

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    CEO of CATS calls for new bus network and regional transit plan

    It's time for a new bus network and regional transit plan.

    That was the message Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) CEO John Lewis Jr. shared with the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) at their May 2016 meeting.

    Each MTC member received a printed copy of a recent Charlotte Observer op-ed by Transit Center author Jacob Anbinder that called attention to Charlotte's poor ranking --26th among 32 large U.S. cities-- for transit quality. The article is based on a publicly accessible interactive online tool called AllTransit, developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology with support from Transit Center.

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    Mr. Lewis spoke recently at an event hosted by Sustain Charlotte and Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks.

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    Discovering Charlotte outside the car

    Sustain Charlotte and Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks recently led a tour of the many sustainable options that our city's residents and workers can choose from for commuting, exploring, and even living without a car. The benefits of transit, walking, and cycling for transportation became quite obvious thanks to our incredible guest speakers! We learned how "out of the car" transportation options support sustainable urban land use, cleaner air, and economic opportunity.

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    At Scaleybark station, Dan Fogel explained the tour logistics.

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    Sustain Charlotte Community Corps & Grier Heights residents celebrate a vibrant history and future

    More than 70 neighborhood residents, volunteers, and visitors gathered on a sunny Saturday morning in the historic Grier Heights neighborhood to celebrate the legacy of the late Jonathan Belton. Mr. Belton served as the first director of the Grier Heights Community Center before his passing in December 2015. The event highlighted the importance of health, wellness, and active transportation (in this case, walking) in building a more sustainable future for the neighborhood.

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    The Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) partnered with the Grier Heights Neighborhood Improvement Organization to organize a walk to honor Mr. Belton while also introducing event participants to the incredibly rich history of Grier Heights. The event kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with a 1.5 mile guided walk throughout the community. Along the way, volunteers pointed out signs that told the stories of several of Grier Heights' landmarks.

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    Meet Ike the Protected Bike Lane!

    If you attended Open Streets 704 this past Sunday (May 1st) you may have noticed some new faces in the crowd. The entire point of the event was to give residents the opportunity to walk out in a shared open space and re-imagine, however briefly, how we use our city. Open Streets brings people of all walks of life together to do what we love to do the most - people watch.

    You may have seen another new face out there: Ike the Protected Bike Lane!

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    Ike couldn't stop talking about how great folks in Charlotte are!

    (Photo credit: Ben Premeaux)

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