Weekly Brief January 20!

Last Wednesday night the leadership team of the Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) met for the first time!

We had a great discussion at The Broken Spoke (attached to The Great Wagon Road Distilling Co.) on how we will be moving forward with our work in the Grier Heights neighborhood based on the community's identified needs. 

We are so impressed with the amount of passion and commitment of this group and can't wait to get started! We'll soon be gathering with the entire SCCC volunteer group to review what was discussed at this meeting and ways to get involved moving forward. Stay tuned!

Interested in getting involved? Click here!

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SCCC Leadership Team Meeting at The Broken Spoke!


Sponsorship opportunities now available for Sustain Charlotte Awards (Earth Day, April 22)! 

The evening will be a memorable and exciting affair that honors and celebrates our most outstanding local sustainability leaders. Every year, this event attracts many of Greater Charlotte’s highest profile leaders, elected officials, and media. Click here to learn about our sponsor benefits!
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We are proud to welcome O2 Energies and Duke Energy as Silver Awards Sponsors!
 We are thankful for their commitment to our community's long-term health and vitality.


Local residents like you play a critical role in ensuring we have the resources to carry out our work in the community to inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come! Help us do more by becoming a Sustain Charlotte member today for as little as $3/month -- that's one cup of coffee! Click below to learn how easily you can support our mission and your community via membership. *Membership at the $5/month level includes a free Sustain Charlotte T-shirt!*

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Can Planners Transform Booming SouthPark Into a Walkable Area? We’ll See [CharlotteFive]

"With a torrent of new apartments, office buildings and shops rushing toward SouthPark, city leaders are bringing in outside help to craft a new plan to guide growth. Charlotte City Council this week approved a $125,000 contract with the Urban Land Institute to hire national experts to evaluate the area. At the heart of the study is a question that affects anyone who lives, works or shops in the SouthPark area: Can planners and developers turn SouthPark from an auto-centric, suburban area into a more dense, urban district, where people get around by biking, walking and taking public transportation?" SouthPark is growing by leaps and bounds! We're glad to see an effort underway to make that growth sustainable.


The Strongest Case Yet That Excessive Parking Causes More Driving [CityLab]

"When it’s cheap and easy to find a spot near a destination, taking a car becomes a very attractive option; when parking is expensive (say, via congestion or market pricing) and scarce (say, by removing developer parking minimums), alternative modes start to appear more time- and cost-efficient." Charlotte's zoning ordinance requires a minimum of 2 off-street parking spaces for each single-family home, and 1.5 spaces for each unit in a multifamily building. Minimum parking requirements are outdated. It's time for zoning that supports the kind of city we want to become!


Built-In Advantages [Strong Towns]

"Let's distinguish between two kinds of wealth that may exist in a community: one more transient and mobile, the other fundamentally rooted in the physical place. The first kind is able to flee at a moment's notice when a better opportunity comes along to invest it somewhere else... America is littered with suburbs that were their respective metro areas' elite bedroom communities a generation ago and are now experiencing increasing poverty and a shrinking tax base as the title of 'next best place' leapfrogs somewhere else...[But] economically productive places need not be the places where wealthy people live." Let's consider ways we can encourage growth in Charlotte that will provide more opportunities for residents of ALL income levels to build wealth!


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* January 28 -  Thursday Night Sustainable Pint *

5:30 - 8:30 @ Pint Central, 1226 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC. Celebrate the end of the month with a cheers to sustainability! Pint Central is hosting this evening on our behalf. Will receive a donation of $1 from each Lenny Boy Brewing Co. beer and kombucha sold and $2 from each Tito's Handmade Vodka Moscow Mule sold! Join us out on the patio to mingle and learn more about our work, or simply come to enjoy great food and drink specials! Click here for more information and to RSVP.
* February 2 - Green Drinks Charlotte + Sustain Charlotte Monthly Mixer *

6:00 - 7:30 @ Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte, NC. Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking. Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about usour partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability! This month, you'll hear from our Gold Partner, #thesavageway, who will share about their sustainability efforts! Click here for more information and to RSVP.

MANY THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS

Is your company interested in becoming a Sustain Charlotte partner? Our generous partners play a critical role in supporting our work. Through our corporate membership program, we provide year-round brand exposure, positive publicity, and business development opportunities to those businesses and nonprofits that are helping make our community more sustainable through their products, services, or commitment to move their organization towards greater sustainability. Become a partner today!

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Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America

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