Weekly Brief April 13!

The 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards + Earth Day Celebration is right around the corner on Thursday, April 21! 

Don't miss this unique, celebratory community event. Join us at the beautiful LaCa Projects Gallery, 5:30-8:30pm, to celebrate our region's progress toward sustainability and to honor our local leaders!

Tickets include a variety of local food and one complimentary glass of local wine or beer. 

Delicious farm-to-fork food is provided by our Presenting Sponsor, ROOTS Catering! Check out the amazing menu below:



ROOTS Catering
2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards Menu 
Crispy Sweet Pea Ravioli
Lightly fried house made sweet pea ravioli with pecorino espuma and lemon sorrel
North Carolina Sea Bass Ceviche
Shaved Asparagus and Foraged Flower Nest 

Local Beef Shoulder
Sous vide to 144 degrees, red wine reduction, pink peppercorn flake, smoked sea salt

Free Range Chicken Yakitori
Bertie county peanuts, spicy pickled kohlrabi

Caramelized Ramp Toast
Slow cooked caramelized ramps on rye baguette with goat cheese and chervil

Smoked NC Trout
With house made herb cracker, and garlic chive

Grilled Lamb
Lamb loin, green blueberry relish, basil, and mint

Additional food and beverage sponsors include: HeirloomThe Art Institute of CharlotteS&D Coffee & TeaJavescaThe Farm at Dover Vineyards and Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

Space is limited, so please don't wait. Get your tickets today!


We're proud to welcome Carolinas HealthCare System as a Silver Awards Sponsor! We are thankful for their commitment to our community's long-term health and vitality.


Many thanks to our event sponsors so far: MassMutual Carolinas (Platinum), Google Fiber (Platinum), Rodgers (Gold), LITTLE (Gold), Charlotte Magazine (Gold), S&D Coffee & 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), Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (Bronze).

Join us TOMORROW at 6:00pm for a special viewing + presentation at the KEEPING WATCH on Air Exhibit!

This exhibit is located at the UNC Charlotte Center City Building in Uptown (320 E 9th St) and seven artists have been engaged to visualize air quality issues and prompt a relationship with our ecosystem using our senses and our imaginations. The direct relationship between Charlotte’s valued tree canopy and our local air quality broadens the message. The artworks can bridge our understanding of how our air and tree canopy affect our physical, emotional, and economic health.

Bring your friends and family and meet us at the UNC Charlotte Center City building in Uptown at 6:00pm for a presentation about this exhibit. An informal discussion with Sustain Charlotte staff will follow

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

*If you want to join Sustain Charlotte staff for a bike ride from Romare Bearden Park to the UNCC Center City Building, meet us by the B-cycle station at the park at 5:30pm!

We encourage you to stay until sunset to see the beautiful, animated light projection Particle Falls, hosted by Clean Air Carolina! Artist/scientist Andrea Polli developed Particle Falls, a 10-story tall outdoor projection combining art and technology, to make PM 2.5 air pollution visible.

Did you miss our Monthly Mixer with Green Drinks Charlotte last week? 

We had a great turn out yet again and the crowd was inspired by Dylan McKnight's presentation about the transformative work that Stantec, a Silver Partner of ours, is doing to create vibrant, people-oriented communities near Charlotte and across the country.

Click here to read more!

Check out this great interview with Mayor Roberts on biking in Charlotte based on her personal experience! 

"I've been a cyclist for a long, long time, and it's something that is just part of my life...", said Roberts. Click here to read her response to the question, "What do you think about cycling as alternative transportation?". 

Many thanks to Ride Charlotte for sharing this inspiring read! 

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)!*



Moving From Zoning’s Alphabet Soup to Describing Real Places [PlanCharlotte]

"You probably know places you like. And you probably don't know whether they're MUDD-O, R-22MF or UR-2(CD). A new approach to zoning lets us envision places we like and then come up with ordinances that allow us to build them—without the arcane sets of letters and formulas... If I described a well-known locale in Charlotte to you as: MUDD, MUDD(CD), MUDD(O), TOD-M, TOD-MO, NS, I-1, I-2, B-1and B-2, would you have any idea what it looked like? Or felt like? Is it clear what these indigestible servings of alphabet soup zoning codes mean? Of course not. They’re arcane collections of abstract formulas that only specialists can translate." Confused by all those numbers and letters in zoning codes? Urban planner David Walters explains why Charlotte needs a new development ordinance that everyone can understand!

Charlotte Wants to Build a Pedestrian Bridge Over Independence Boulevard [Charlotte Agenda]

"The city of Charlotte has put together a plan for a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 74 where Independence Boulevard meets I-277. The City Council is set to approve Monday an application for $11 million in federal funding to make it happen, according to the meeting’s agenda. The bridge would go roughly where 7th Street and McDowell Street intersect and be part of the Cross Charlotte Trail. The idea is to make this a “signature” destination for the city. Charlotte would pick up somewhere around 30 percent of the total cost." We all know there are many intersections in Charlotte that are virtually impossible to safely cross without a car. Way to go, City of Charlotte for seeking funds to build a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 74!

After Outcry, Charlotte to Keep Trash Pickup for Townhomes, Condos [The Charlotte Observer] 

"Charlotte will continue to offer city trash collection for people living in townhomes and condos, but the city may still eliminate service for apartments. The city’s Solid Waste Services had studied whether it would make sense to only pick up garbage for single-family homes, but an outcry from townhomes and condo owners caused the city to scrap that plan. About 24,000 townhomes and 9,000 condos would have been affected." Is eliminating service to apartments (one of the most sustainable housing options) going to move us closer to our city's official goal of reaching zero waste? We don't think so, and we agree with Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who said at last week's Environment Committee meeting, "I'd like to see a change that incents the right behavior."


Support our campaign for a protected bike lane through Uptown! 

1,019 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! 

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


Attend a Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Workshop to Provide Feedback!

CATS is preparing for the 2017-2022 Countywide Transit Services Plan (CTSP) and The Coordinated Human Services Plan. These plans are developed to provide analysis and recommendations for public transit bus service enhancements.

CATS staff is holding workshops and asking customers for feedback on bus services, and amenities. These workshops are Open House so participants are welcome to arrive anytime during the meeting hours. 

If you are unable to attend, you can still provide feedback! Click here for more information and to view workshop dates and times near you!


* 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.
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 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 29 to May 16 - BIKE! Charlotte

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling are once again joining forces to host one of Charlotte's most healthy and inspiring events: 2015 BIKE! Be sure to bring yourself and your family and friends out on two wheels to participate in our city's annual festival of bicycles! 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.
* May 2 - 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 Platinum Partner, Treecycle America, who will share about their sustainability efforts. There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.

May 4 - Bike/Walk to School Day

Communities across the country use International Walk to School Day and National Bike to School Day to give visibility to the importance of safer and improved streets, healthier habits, and less traffic — one community at a time. Join in the fun! Click here to learn more.


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!



Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America


#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - 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



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