Weekly Brief March 30!

We're excited to announce the 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards Nominees!

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We hope you will join us on April 21 to celebrate their achievements and leadership! 

Early Bird ticket sales end March 31 at Midnight!
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We're proud to welcome Google Fiber as a Platinum Awards Sponsor! We are thankful for their commitment to our community's long-term health and vitality.

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Many thanks to our sponsors so far: MassMutual Carolinas (Platinum), Rodgers (Gold), LITTLE (Gold), Charlotte Magazine (Gold), S&D Coffee and Tea (Silver), O2 emc (Silver), Duke Energy (Silver), Blumenthal Foundation (Silver), Moore & Van Allen (Silver), Whole Foods Market (Silver), Healthy Home Market (Silver), Sean Busher Imagery (Silver), NC Sustainable Energy Association (Bronze). 


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April 1 is the first day of an opportunity to commit to 30 days of biking! 

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 last April 1 and he 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!


Exciting things are happening in Lakewood, the most recent neighborhood to participate in our Sustainable Neighborhoods Program! 

On Monday evening, we met with the board of the Lakewood Neighborhood Alliance to discuss our partnership and the community's development of a Sustainable Vision Plan. 

This west Charlotte neighborhood is planning a sustainability training facilitated by our staff on April 14. At that workshop, we'll discuss the long-term challenges facing the neighborhood and begin to choose goals to work towards with the residents over the next year. 

Stay tuned for an update coming soon! 


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Our Bicycle Program Director Jordan Moore was featured on Charlotte Talks (WFAE 90.7 FM) Tuesday morning!

He was joined by staff members from the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Mecklenburg County Park and Rec to discuss how to make Charlotte more bicycle friendly.

Click here to listen to what they had to say! 


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Monday night, Charlotte City Council approved a contract to replace Charlotte Area Transit System's (CATS) fareboxes with a new technology that will allow for smart-card and mobile payment options!

We're thrilled that CATS staff and City Council approved this critical investment in a technology that will make it easier for more people to ride the bus! Click here to read details.


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Our #‎ibikeCLT campaign to connect Uptown with a protected bike lane was featured on WSOC-TV this week!
 Click here to watch the video coverage and if you like what you see, sign our statement of support!


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Join us on April 5 at Wooden Robot Brewery from 6 - 7:30pm for our April Monthly Mixer with Green Drinks Charlotte! 


At 6:30, our featured speaker and Silver Partner Stantec will tell us about how their work inspires sustainable development through design! 

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This event is free and open to the public. Join us to learn more about our work, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues! Twisted Eats food truck will be on site. 

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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 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 (made of 100% recycled material by our Gold Partner Recover)!*

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Support our campaign for a protected bike lane through Uptown! 

926 people have signed our statement of support asking City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! 

Help us reach our goal of 1,500 signatures! If you've already signed, please share it with your friends and family or post it to your social media!


Attend a CATS Public Workshop for LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study!

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is hosting four upcoming public workshops to discuss progress on the Lynx Silver Line/ Southeast Corridor Transit Study. Meetings will be held along the corridor Tuesday, April 5 through Thursday, April 7.

The four public meetings will not only inform the community on the progress of the study, but will give opportunities to provide thoughts and feedback.

Click here to view the dates and times near you!


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March 5 to April 23 - Particle Falls 

7:00pm - 10:00pm @ West wall of the UNC-Charlotte Center City Building, 320 East 9th Street, Charlotte, NC. Particle Falls is an animated light projection on the side of the UNC – Charlotte Center City building that reveals in real time, the invisible dangers in the air we are breathing. This is a dramatic public art and science project that raises awareness of the presence and impact of particulate pollution. Click here for more information. 

April 2 - Performance Great Ride Series: Saturday Morning Group Ride for Beginners

9am @ Performance Bicycle, 4436 South Blvd, Charlotte. You are invited to join a Saturday morning beginner group ride starting from, and ending at, the Charlotte Performance Bicycle store. The ride is for beginners and those getting back on the saddle. The average pace will be between 10 and 14 miles per hour and the ride will last approximately one hour. The ride leaves the store every Saturday morning at 9:00 am and is a "No Rider Left Behind" ride. Come out and join our ride leaders for some fun outdoors! Click here for details and to learn more!


April 4 - Transforming Our Energy Future: Energy Equity & You

7:00pm - 9:00pm @ the Odell Building (7th Floor), 525 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC. This event will explore how the energy sector is transforming energy production as the global energy markets shift to a low carbon economy, why this transition is occurring & possible barriers, what role clean renewable energy plays in this new energy future, and examine how to ensure this transition is done in an equitable way that ensures everyone access to affordable choices. Event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.


* April 5 - Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer *

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte 28203. 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 issues. At 6:30, you'll hear from Sustain Charlotte Silver Partner, Stantec, who will share about their sustainability efforts. There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.
April 8 - NC BREATHE Conference

8:00am - 5:00pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202. This is an interactive forum for North Carolinians to share the latest research related to the impacts air pollution has on human health, the environment, and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy making plays. For more information and to register, click here
April 19 - KEEPING WATCH on AIR Science Cafe

5:30pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202. The Charlotte Area Science Network presents a Science Café discussion on air quality, featuring Dr. Brian Magi of the UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. This presentation discusses air quality science, already successful efforts by our county air quality office to mitigate air quality problems, and what sort of air quality problems may emerge in the coming decade as Charlotte grows. Sustain Charlotte is a community partner of the Keeping Watch Alliance! For more information, click here
* April 21 - 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards *

5:30pm - 8:30pm @ LaCa Projects Gallery, 1429 Bryant Street, Charlotte 28208. Please join us for an inspiring, informative, and exciting evening on Earth Day eve to celebrate our region's most outstanding sustainability leaders! Click here to learn more.
May 1 - Open Streets 704

11:00am - 4:00pm. Open Streets 704 is a series of four Charlotte events made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not possible in a car. This event will stretch from the NoDa neighborhood down North Davidson Street to Memorial Stadium at Seventh and Kings Drive. Family-friendly and FREE to all. Sustain Charlotte is a community partner for this event! Click here to learn more.
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We're proud to announce that Duke Energy has renewed their Sustain Charlotte Partnership at the Bronze level! 

Per Duke Energy's website, "The decisions we make today that affect our 'triple bottom line' – people, the planet and profits – will determine our long-term prospects as a company. We see promising signs in our performance, but a lot of work remains." Click here to learn more about Duke Energy's sustainability initiatives.

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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

Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America

GOLD

#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Belk - Boingo Graphics - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - National Gypsum - NC GreenPower - New Belgium Brewing - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


BRONZE


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