February 8 Weekly Brief!

Tonight's mixer features a fantastic program and exciting raffle! Don't miss out!

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Join us tonight at Free Range Brewing from 6-7:30pm for our fun and informative February Monthly Mixer! 

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. 

Then, well-run media + marketing and the City of Charlotte will tell you about some great initiatives they are working on in our community!

PLUS, you'll have a chance to register for Way2Go CLT -- our big new project launching March 1!

This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. Please register to let us know you're coming: 

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Be sure to enter the exciting raffle at check-in for a chance to win a NoDa Yoga gift package! (Tickets are just $3 for one and $5 for two)! 


It's time to change the game. Register NOW to be part of Charlotte's biggest sustainable transportation challenge yet! 

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Way2Go CLT is introducing a better way to roll. The more we walk, bike, carpool and use mass transit, the more we and our cities thrive. It’s how the whole world rolls. 

And now YOU join the fun, here in Charlotte and wherever you go!

On March 1st, we're launching the Way2Go CLT sustainable transportation challenge. For eight months, thousands of Charlotte area residents and organizations will join forces to reduce vehicle miles traveled by ONE MILLION in 2017! 

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The more sustainable trips you log, the more chances you'll have to win monthly prizes! Register for now and so you'll be ready to start logging trips and winning prizes on March 1st! 

Together, let’s drive 1 million fewer miles in 2017!

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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!

Interested in forming a Way2Go CLT team for your workplace, neighborhood or other organization? Email Meg Fencil at meg.fencil@sustaincharlotte.org 

Way2Go CLT is Powered By:

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration!

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Photo: Over 70 nominees + 27 winners were recognized at the 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration.


Who would YOU like to formally recognize for excellence in promoting sustainability? 

Awards are presented to local organizations in the following categories:

Land Use
Sustainable Economy 
Energy
Food
Waste Reduction
Social Equity
Transportation
Water

In addition, one award will be presented to the 2017 Outstanding Sustainability Leader.

All nominees and winners will be recognized at the event on April 26. Click below to nominate a sustainability leader today!

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Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged! Deadline for nominations is March 12. *Nominees must live or operate in the Greater Charlotte metro area.

This year’s celebration will take place at the beautiful LaCa Projects Art Gallery on Wednesday, April 26 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Click here to learn more. 


** Important announcement: WalkCLT 2017 in Dilworth has been cancelled! **

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. However, we will be bringing this project to another Charlotte neighborhood later this year. Please follow us on social media or join us at our next Monthly Mixer networking event (sustaincharlotte.org/mixer) to learn more about our upcoming events and future updates on #WalkCLT!


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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We need volunteers to help distribute Way2Go CLT Flyers!

The Way2Go CLT sustainable mobility challenge kicks off on March 1! Will you help us spread the word by delivering flyers to local businesses and transit stops?

Simply stop by our office when it's convenient for you to pick up the flyers. Then, distribute flyers to your area of choice or, we can suggest an area of need. You may spend as much or as as little time as you'd like. Every little bit counts!

Please reply to this email, or email Branyn directly at branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org if you're interested! Thanks in advance for your support!


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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Open Streets 704 Returns in May with a New Route [Charlotte Five]

"Ready to take to the streets? The next Open Streets 704 event is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. May 7. The event aims to show people that roads are for more than just cars. The streets will be closed to vehicular traffic but open to people walking, biking, jogging, dancing, or doing just about anything else. The event in May will be the third, and the first two drew more than 25,000 people. The Knight Foundation initially provided funding for four events over two years, but a new presenting sponsorship by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina “puts Open Streets 704 on the path to continue beyond the two years,” according to a post on the event’s website." We're excited to be part of this epic series of events that return the streets to ALL people!


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* TONIGHT (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 Group, as well as well-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!


February 12 - Crown Town Compost and Happenstance event benefiting Sustain Charlotte and Pop-Up Produce

4:00pm - 8:00pm @ Atherton Market, 2120 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Stop by Atherton Market to learn more about Crown Town Compost, check out the beer at Happenstance and mix and mingle with great people doing great things in our community! All proceeds from the evening will benefit our organization and Pop-Up Produce. We hope to see you there!


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 Insight Architects joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze 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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