February 17 Weekly Brief!

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration! Get yours NOW before prices increase!

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Nine award-winning visionaries. Nine locally curated courses. One incredible journey into Charlotte's future through the eyes, hearts, and hands of our sustainability leaders. Meet our 2017 winners, while noshing on nine courses with ROOTS Catering.

Join us on April 26 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the beautiful LaCa Projects Art Gallery for our sixth annual Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration. 

Ticket purchase includes two drinks, a delicious, locally-sourced nine-course meal, and an evening of celebration you don't want to miss!

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Have you submitted your nomination yet? Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged! Deadline for nominations is March 12. *Nominees must live or operate in the Greater Charlotte metro area.

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Update on Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza

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Photo: 18 people have been hit by cars while walking or biking along Parkwood Ave. / The Plaza in just five years. Two of them died.

At this Monday's Transportation and Planning Committee meeting, the road diet on Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza was discussed. Read our blog for a full review of this meeting and our take.

Also, click here to read our urgent request to Charlotte City Council to uphold their commitment to Vision Zero and improve the safety of Parkwood Ave. and The Plaza!


Are you ready to roll? Register for Way2Go CLT today and join the MOVEment!

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For eight months, beginning March 1st, thousands of Charlotte area residents and organizations will join forces to reduce vehicle miles traveled by ONE MILLION in 2017! 

The more sustainable trips you log, the more chances you'll have to win monthly prizes! 
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Once you've joined as an individual, we want to help you form a team for your neighborhood, employer or other organization for free! Email branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org for details.


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Thanks to financial support from NCDOT and Kimley-Horn, we’re able to bring this initiative and customized platform to you at no cost!

Way2Go CLT is Powered By:

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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 healthy, equitable and vibrant community for generations to come! Click below to be the change and become a sustaining member today!

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Voice your support for bike facilities in Uptown! 

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Join us for the Uptown Connects Study update! This is your chance to share your thoughts on a recommended protected bike lane pilot project along 5th and 6th Streets between Irwin Creek Greenway and Little Sugar Creek Greenway! There will be a short presentation at 5:45 p.m., followed by an open-house and a Q&A workshop to provide feedback.

WHEN: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

WHERE: Seventh Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Click here to learn more and register!


Help organize our Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration this spring! 

The 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration (April 26th) recognizes the most sustainable businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and individuals and also raises funds for Sustain Charlotte. This year, we're forming a volunteer committee to help plan the event! Committee volunteers will be asked to consistently attend 1-hr meetings every other week. 

For more information and/or if you are interested in becoming a committee member, e-mail laura.heiser@sustaincharlotte.org. Click here to read more about Sustain Charlotte Awards Committee roles and responsibilities!


Attend the North End Development Town Hall Meeting

City Council members Patsy Kinsey and Al Austin are hosting a town hall Thursday, Feb 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. 

They'll be discussing development in the North End, with representatives of some major property owners and developers available. Attendees can contact Kim Oliver to RSVP at koliver@charlottenc.gov or (704) 336-2180.

Volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services this spring!

Storm Drain Marking – This opportunity is great for groups or individuals. Request a storm drain marking kit from us and then walk through local neighborhoods to find any storm drains without markers. 

Adopt-A-Steam – This opportunity is great for families, groups, and businesses. Volunteers associated with these groups will help keep a stream clean by walking through it twice a year and removing any trash. 

Stream Monitoring – This opportunity is great for groups of any size. This can be a great learning experience for anyone who is interested in environmental monitoring. You will go out to a stream and record specific parameters that we supply to you, i.e. water clarity, water temperature, etc. 


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Can Charlotte’s North End Emerge As ‘Alternative to NoDa’? [The Charlotte Observer]

“Just north of uptown, the shock troops of change and redevelopment are moving into new territory. [Architect and Planner Terry] Shook said the biggest question for the North End is whether developers will work together and create a cohesive area or develop the area piece-by-piece, as happened in South End, and just focus on 'delivering product' rather than good design." North End has a rich history and diversity of residents. Let's be strategic about planning and supporting a built environment that achieves a sustainable future for the neighborhoods in this area!


The Story Behind that Weird New Totem on Tryon Street at I-277 [Charlotte Five]

"It’s actually an “Eco-TOTEM,” and is one of 18 EcoCounters installed in 10 locations throughout Charlotte. This move by CDOT was made in partnership with NCDOT and is part of a pilot program across the state to put permanent pedestrian and bicycle counters into place. This effort, led by the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at N.C. State University, is the first time Charlotte has implemented continuously monitoring counting sensors for pedestrians and cyclists that are moving along city streets." We're thrilled to see these counters because they show how many people walk and ride bikes! Accurate measurement will allow planners, elected officials, and residents to track how well we're meeting the transportation needs of all people.


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* February 23 - Uptown Connects Public Input Meeting *

5:30pm - 7:30pm @ Seventh Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is leading an effort in partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners to complete an Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study. The goal of this study is to identify challenges to and solutions for cycling and walking through Uptown between existing and future greenways and urban trail facilities. There will be a short presentation at 5:45 pm, followed by an open-house, drop-in format where you can hear more details about the study and provide your comments on the proposed pilot cycle track. This is your chance to tell the city you support #ibikeCLT and want to see safe, protected bike lanes throughout Charlotte! Mark your calendar now and tell your friends to join you!


* March 8 - Sustain Charlotte Monthly Mixer with Green Drinks Charlotte * 

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Free Range Brewing, 2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205. 

Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking! Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from Way2Go CLT sponsor Kimley-Horn who will tell you about their sustainability efforts! This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 

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Note: In an effort to sustain our events and programs (including our Monthly Mixers), we're asking that all non-members donate just $5 to attend this event. Not a member? Join today for just $5/month or $60/year to attend all future mixers at no cost, plus receive other great benefits!


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We're happy to announce that HNTBStudio Cellar, and Green LED Efficiency have joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! We're proud to have their support of our mission and your community! 


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MANY THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS

Is your company interested in joining the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network? 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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PLATINUM

The Center for Intentional Leadership - Free Range Brewing - Shook Kelley - TreeCycle America - Wooden Robot Brewery

GOLD
 Abundant Power Group, LLC - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - DPS Construction - Epic Capital Wealth Management - Integra Design Group - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Optima Engineering  - S&D Coffee & Tea - Weeklyrides.com

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