February 2 Weekly Brief!

April 26 marks the sixth annual Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration! Mark your calendars now!

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This year’s celebration will take place at the beautiful LaCa Projects Art Gallery on Wednesday evening, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate the many local organizations and individuals who have worked hard to move our community toward greater sustainability!

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Photo: Over 300 attended the 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration at LaCa Projects Gallery. 

The call for nominations will be opening soon! This is your chance to show appreciation for our local sustainability leaders. Who will YOU nominate?

We're currently seeking sponsors for this event! Click here to learn more about our great sponsorship opportunities.


Don't miss a fun evening of networking and learning at our Monthly Mixer next Wednesday, February 8th!

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Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. Join us on 2/8 at Free Range Brewing from 6:00pm - 7:30pm!

At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from our featured Gold Partner Integra Design Group who will talk about how, through design, they are working to create a more sustainable Charlotte community. 

You'll also hear from special guests well-run media + marketing and the City of Charlotte who will talk about some great ways to get involved in the community!

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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Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association asks City Council for full road diet 

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Photo: 18 people have been hit by cars while walking or biking here in this area in just five years. Two of them died.

Your voice is making a difference! With guidance and technical support from Sustain Charlotte, many residents of Belmont, Villa Heights, and Plaza Midwood have advocated for more than a year to make their neighborhood streets safer. 

As a result, some BIG changes are proposed for Parkwood Avenue! Yet we share the residents' concerns that not enough will be done to protect residents, cyclists, transit riders, and pedestrians along The Plaza.

At the January 9 meeting of City Council's Transportation and Planning Committee, the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) shared their preliminary recommendations for Parkwood and The Plaza. 

Click here for our blog post explaining the exciting changes coming to Parkwood Avenue and our remaining concerns for The Plaza. 


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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YOU can help make our next #WalkCLT initiative a success! 

Using wayfinding signs #WalkCLT 2017 will encourage residents and visitors of Dilworth to walk, rather than drive to destinations in this area.

Will you join our team of amazing volunteers to help distribute #WalkCLT flyers around the Dilworth neighborhood?

WHEN: Tuesday, February 14th anytime between 10:00am to 5:00pm. Just let us know what time you’re available for 1-2hrs (or as long as you’re willing to help)!

WHERE: Volunteers will meet our intern Madison at the Harris Teeter shopping center on East Boulevard to pick up the flyers. She will let you know what areas to cover!

Please reply to this email or email Madison directly (madison.esterle@sustaincharlotte.org) if you're interested!


Help improve economic conditions for the Greater Charlotte Region!

Sustain Charlotte is serving on the Advisory Committee for the update process of our region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This tool will help us capitalize on our strengths and work to overcome our weaknesses, creating a more viable and prosperous region.

Your input on a regional survey will deepen our understanding about what is most important to local residents and business owners in Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union Counties and the region as a whole. 

Click here to take the survey, and please share it with others throughout the region.


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Will Charlotte Always Be a 'Car City'? [The Charlotte Observer]

"A proposal to build a small hotel in south Charlotte has stirred up a big question about identity: Are we destined to always be a car city? That question flared up last week at a Charlotte City Council meeting to consider whether to allow a Home2 Suites by Hilton on Rea Road, just south of Interstate 485. It’s the bigger issues the project illuminates that seem to have people riled up. The Home2 Suites would replace an Applebee’s, practically an emblem of suburbia, and the zoning category the developers are seeking is usually used for dense, mixed-use, urban projects." It's absolutely possible for Charlotte to move away from being a car-only city. For this to happen, we must support this kind of development that is compact and mixed use, making it easy for people to get around without a car!


How Can Wildlife Co-Exist with City Development? This Researcher Looks for Answers [Plan Charlotte]

"[F]or forest birds and forest ground beetles, the scenario with high-density development over a small area led to higher abundances and species richness." UNCC researcher Dr. Sara Gagne shares why protecting natural lands and minimizing human impact on developed land is so important for wildlife diversity and richness. In this UNC Charlotte Urban Institute PlanCharlotte article, she explains what we can do as a community and individuals to protect valuable habitat!


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* February 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 a presentation from Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner Integra Design Groupwell-run media + marketing and the City of Charlotte. 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!


* 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 4 - #WalkCLT 2017*

11:00am - 4:00pm @ Latta Park, 601 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203.

#WalkCLT returns this spring! In 2015, we brought a first-of-its-kind walking initiative, using pedestrian wayfinding signs to the Plaza Midwood Business District. This March, we're launching our second #WalkCLT initiative in the Dilworth neighborhood! If you live, work or play in the Dilworth area, join us on March 4 for this exciting community event powered by OrthoCarolina! Participants will walk to Latta Park to check-in, log their miles, and receive a free t-shirt and walking route. Then, enjoy the afternoon walking to various local shops and restaurants that will be offering specials and deals to participants that day! Fun and games for families will be happening all day long at Latta Park, too, so be sure to bring your children and furry friends along! Click below to learn more and rsvp.

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February 11 - REPURPOSED: An Upcycled Fashion Show + Auction 

5:00pm - 7:00pm @ LACA Projects, 1429 Bryant St. Charlotte, NC 28208.

This event will showcase how upcycling can reduce waste and improve your personal health. Through the fashion show, local designers will select “trashed” materials then upcycle them into fashionable clothing and furniture. This innovative happening occurs during Charlotte’s fashion week to engage and inform a diverse audience in the awareness and importance of reusing, upcycling and composting. To further the impact, Sustain Charlotte will benefit from the show and auction. We are proud to be a beneficiary of this event! Please join us to show your support for this wonderful event and our work in the community! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets. 


March 28 - 2017 NC BREATHE Conference

Full day @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Join for full day of sharing the latest research on air quality’s impact on health, the environment, and the economy and discussing our collective challenges and opportunities for clean air solutions. Click here to register and view the featured speakers.


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We're happy to announce that The Center for Intentional Leadership has upgraded their membership in the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network to the Platinum level! We're proud to have their continued 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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