March 23 Weekly Brief!

We're excited to announce the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Nominees! 

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Join us on April 26 at the LaCa Projects Gallery to meet our 2017 nominees and winners, while noshing on nine unique tapas with ROOTS Catering!

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Many thanks to our event sponsors: 

Food Sponsor ROOTS Catering; Media Sponsor Charlotte Magazine; Print Sponsor Boingo Graphics; Photography Sponsor Sean Busher Imagery; Gold Sponsor Rodgers Builders; and Silver Sponsors Blumenthal FoundationCenter For Intentional LeadershipDuke EnergyO2 emc, and S&D Coffee and Tea.

Pledge to commit to 30 days of biking starting April 1! 

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30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination, and share your adventures online. For every 2 pledges, $1 will be donated to World Bicycle Relief.

Our Executive Director took the pledge several years ago and hasn't stopped biking since!

We challenge YOU to take the pledge and use hashtags #ibikeCLT and #30daysofbiking to document your experience both locally and nationally!

Don't forget to log these trips toward the Way2GoCLT challenge!


Reaching New Heights of Resident Engagement for West Blvd Study

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CDOT staff and residents discussed safety needs of pedestrians and bicyclists on West Boulevard.

Residents from the West Boulevard Corridor neighborhoods steadily streamed into Tuesday evening's very well-attended Kickoff Meeting for the corridor study of the street that runs through the heart of their communities. 

Staff from the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) guided meeting participants through a series of stations where the public was invited to share information about where people currently cross the street, where they want to be able to cross the street, and other mobility needs. 

Read our blog for more information about this important meeting, Sustain Charlotte's engagement with the neighborhoods, and CDOT's West Boulevard Corridor Study.

Did you know that about 17 jobs are created per million dollars spent on greenways, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities? 

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That's a much higher return on investment than for other types of infrastructure! Check out the facts on Bikeleague.org's fact sheet.


Why does Integra Architecture support Way2Go CLT? Because it's the Only Way to Roll!

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Sustainable mobility strengthens urban places and businesses. (Photo: Howl at the Moon)

Click here to read more about Integra Architecture and why they were inspired to sponsor Way2Go CLT.

Share YOUR Way2Go CLT stories using hashtag #Way2GoCLT on social media and tag us for a chance to win a "surprise prize" each month! Check out all the amazing prizes you could win! 

Still need to register? Click here


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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Join for $10/month or $120/year and you'll get a Sustain Charlotte T-shirt!


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Join us in the office and put your creative skills to work!

We're looking for a volunteer with a love of crafts and willingness to help us create a thermometer to measure progress toward our Way2Go CLT goal!

If interested, reply to this email or email Branyn directly at branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org.


Volunteer as our auctioneer for the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration!

Do you know a professional auctioneer who might consider donating their services for 20 minutes on the evening of the 26th to auction off a few items live and inspire people to make donations to Sustain Charlotte?  In addition to free entrance to this unique event (including a dinner with 9 delicious tapas, local wine and beer), the auctioneer will also receive a complimentary ticket to our VIP reception!  

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm.  

WHERE: LaCa Projects Gallery, 1429 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208.

If interested, email Laura Heiser at laura.heiser@sustaincharlotte.org.

Join the Sustain Charlotte Spring Ride Committee! 

Like bikes?  Like riding bikes with other people?  Sustain Charlotte is looking to organize a new spring ride during BIKE! Charlotte as a fundraiser for our bicycle program. We're forming a volunteer committee to help plan and execute this ride!  

If interested, email Kate Cavazza at kate.cavazza@sustaincharlotte.org

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Why Public Transit Ridership Is Down In Most U.S. Cities [wbur.org]

TransitCenter's Jon Orcutt explains why transit ridership is down across the country, and points to a proven solution: "You can't look at rail and bus as two different things. You need to look at them together, and that's why Seattle is the best, fastest-growing transit city in the country right now. As they add new segments of rail, they reorganize the bus system so that frequent buses are running across the rail lines, and people use both as a seamless network." We're glad Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)'s Envision My Ride initiative is embracing these principles to move us towards a world-class transit network!


Will the State Kill Matthews’ Downtown with a “Superstreet”? [Charlotte Agenda] 

"Matthews boosters have put a lot of time and energy into turning downtown into a destination. But a state transportation project that’s slowly winding its way toward reality threatens to undo all of that. 'Matthews residents value our historic and pedestrian friendly town,' one petition signer wrote. 'We look forward to the light rail and other REAL solutions for problems created by too much car traffic moving through Matthews.' Mayor Jim Taylor has said that he and the entire Town of Matthews, NC town council is opposed to the superstreet project. We support residents' desire to seek alternative solutions to traffic.


Charlotte’s Grocery Wars Leave Poor Neighborhoods Behind [The Charlotte Observer] 

"Over half of those in the report living in “high food insecurity risk areas” listed transportation as a challenge. And even for those who have cars, options are limited. There are simply fewer food stores of any kind in those areas." Everyone needs to eat. We're grateful for the work of neighborhood advocates like Rickey Hall who are working on innovative solutions to obliterate food insecurity.


Busting the Myth of the “Scofflaw Cyclist” [StreetsBlogUS]

“Bicyclists, perhaps despite popular conception, really don’t break the rules at any greater rate than any other modes: pedestrians or drivers,...But reasons for breaking the rules differed. People were most likely to say they broke a rule while driving or walking to save time, while people who bike were most likely to cite personal safety (by riding on the sidewalk rather than a busy street, for example) or saving energy." Good street design gives cyclists of all ages and ability levels a place to feel safe riding!


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* April 12 - 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 Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner WeeklyRides 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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* April 26 - 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration *

5:30pm - 8:30pm @ LaCa Projects Gallery, 1429 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208. 

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 unique tapas with ROOTS Catering! Ticket purchase includes two drinks, delicious local food, and an evening of celebration you don't want to miss! 

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March 13 to 29 - KEEPING WATCH Mechanical Eye Exhibit Opening Reception

5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. 

The Department of Art & Art History and Rowe Galleries present Mechanical Eye, March 13-29, featuring the work of Rob Carter, McColl Center for Art + Innovation/UNC Charlotte Artist-in-Residence, and students in Associate Professor of Art Jeff Murphy’s Video Art course. Working in a variety of media, including video and photography, Rob Carter often explores historical developments in agricultural science and human relationships to the natural world. His new video piece, Catawba, focuses on Cowans Ford Dam and Lake Norman and will be the centerpiece of the Rowe exhibition. Click here to learn more!


March 23 - Uptown Gallery Crawl

6:00pm - 9:00pm @ Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.  

The Projective Eye Gallery joins other local art venues for the Uptown Gallery Crawl. Hop on a trolley bus and check out artist Shaun Cassidy’s new earthwork installation in our gallery, then see exhibitions at The Mint Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Sozo Gallery, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and more. Click here to learn more!


April 10 - Green Career Panel

6:00pm - 8:00pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. 

During this professional development event, students and emerging professionals meet sustainable industry professionals who advise on how to tailor work history, academic achievements and life experience to meet potential employer needs. This is a free event hosted by USGBC North Carolina EPROS & UNCC USGBC Student Chapter. Click here to register! 


April 22 - Roots Festival — Earth Day at Savona

12:00pm - 5:00pm @ Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S Turner Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.

The First Annual Roots Festival hosted by Savona will provide live music, food trucks, family activities, local vendors, and beer throughout the day. Don't miss the Bennu Gardens community garden ribbon cutting at 11am! Free admission. We will be attending this event and hope to see you there! Click here to learn more. 


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We're happy to announce that Overcash Demmitt Architecture (ODa) and USGBC North Carolina have joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Silver 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 - Alta Planning + Design - Boingo Graphics - DPS Construction - Epic Capital Wealth Management - Integra Design Group - Leaf Burrito - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Natural Awakenings - Optima Engineering  - S&D Coffee & Tea - Weeklyrides.com

 


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