April 26 Weekly Brief!

Next week is YOUR chance to make a big difference in our community!

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Watch a clip of our Walk2Transit volunteers sharing their thoughts after our walkability tour. 

Walk2Transit is Sustain Charlotte's initiative that gives a voice to bus riders and transit advocates. A voice that will result in tangible improvements to the walkability of Charlotte's highest need bus stops!

On May 2nd and 3rd you're invited to be an integral part of this initiative by taking part in a walking audit. This is a great activity do with friends, family or co-workers! 

The tour will be guided by Sustain Charlotte staff and you'll learn about the history and current state of Charlotte's transit system as we walk!

Sign up for the South Tryon Walking Audit
May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:30pm 

Sign up for the 7th Street Walking Audit
May 3rd, 5:30 - 6:30pm


We're drawing prizes for this month's Way2Go CLT challenge winners on Tuesday (5/2)! You have until Monday at midnight to log all your April trips for a chance to WIN! 

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Here's what you could win:

Charlotte B-Cycle Annual Membership ($65 value)

$50 gift card to Something Classic in Uptown

 $20 gift card for Coaltrane's Char Grill in the Epicentre

$20 gift card to Birdsong Brewing (21+, ID required to claim)

Coffee at SCORE Retail Lounge & Sweets

Coffee and a Thermo-Mug from Port City Java

Coffee and 1/2 off food item from Not Just Coffee

CLT branded pint glass & cutting board from Green With Envy

Basil Roll from Basil Thai Cuisine

 ** GRAND PRIZE ** 

A pair of “Nooka”  Mercury Style sunglasses from Score Retail Lounge ($199 value)


How it
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For every 10 trips you log bicycling, walking, riding transit, or car/vanpooling (2+ people in vehicle), you'll receive ONE entry in the drawing for the month's prizes. You can earn up to FOUR entries per calendar month, which equates to 40 trips (or 20 roundtrips). 

Haven't registered? It's not too late! Register now and start logging trips May 1 to be eligible for May's challenge prize drawing!


Our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration is SOLD OUT! 

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Thank you all who purchased tickets in support of our sustainability leaders and this event! We look forward to celebrating with you tonight!


Many thanks to our event sponsors: 

Gold Sponsors Rodgers BuildersMoore & Van AllenWhole Foods Market; and Silver Sponsors Blumenthal FoundationCenter For Intentional LeadershipDuke EnergyO2 emcS&D Coffee and TeaHealthy Home Market. Bronze Sponsors: LittleJavesca CoffeeInfinity Engineering Group. Food Sponsor ROOTS Catering; Media Sponsor Charlotte Magazine; Print Sponsor Boingo Graphics; Photography Sponsor Sean Busher Imagery; Wine Sponsor: Dover Vineyards; Beer Sponsor: Legion Brewing.


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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Volunteer with us at our Open Streets 704 activity booth!

On May 7, Charlotte's Open Streets 704 event will open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! We're in need of LOTS of volunteers to join us at our booth and at the protected bike lane demo. 

We're looking for 5 to 10 volunteers to survey riders as they enter/exit the protected bike lane demo. At our booth, we'll also be encouraging Open Streets participants to embrace their artistic side and contribute to a paint-by-numbers Charlotte-themed mural!

Please let us know if you'd like to be a part of this fun event!

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 12:00pm - 5:00pm (two shifts available)

WHERE: Our booth will be set up at the intersection of Commonwealth and the Plaza. To view the full Open Streets route map and activities, click here.

If interested, please email Branyn at branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org and let her know which shift(s) you’re available. SHIFT 1: 12pm - 2:30pm; SHIFT 2: 2:30pm - 5pm. If you can join us for both shifts, that's even better!


Attend the NC Public Transportation Strategic Plan Community Workshop!

This May, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians.

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

WHERE: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - South Campus Building 1000 (Main Building), Room 106 (1531 Trinity Church Road Concord, NC 28027)

The workshop will be free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend.


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The “Distracted Pedestrian” Distracts from the Real Safety Problem [Streets.mn]

"The 'distracted pedestrian' angle is a red herring that, at best, distracts us from the real problem of street safety. At worst, this logic is a straight-forward case of victim blaming." As in most other U.S. cities, Charlotte's pedestrian fatality rate is on the rise. Education of drivers and pedestrians is important, but we need safe infrastructure that allows people to walk along and across our increasingly busy streets!


Here’s Where D.C. Public Transit Can Take You — and Who Gets Left Behind [The Washington Post]

"Metrorail, buses and regional commuter rail create an elaborate network of transit accessibility for the [D.C.] region. But while several wealthier neighborhoods and suburbs have relatively easy access to job centers, many lower-income neighborhoods on the eastern side of the District and across the border in Maryland are more difficult to reach." How do transit commute times affect low-income neighborhoods in D.C.? View this article + map! Then learn how Charlotte is redesigning our bus network through Envision My Ride


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* May 6 - Art For All | Bikes For All Spring Ride * 

10:00am - 1:00pm beginning at Seversville Park, 530 S Bruns Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Come join Sustain Charlotte for a family-friendly cycling tour of the newest public art installations from Inside|Out Charlotte! Participants will learn the significance of these equity-inspired art pieces and the story of how they came to West Charlotte. Meet fellow art enthusiasts, community members and cyclists of all abilities on this relaxed pace, low-stress route along the Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways that welcomes everyone! Festivities kick off at 10am in Seversville Park and end with lunch or a beer at Blue Blaze Brewery at noon! The ride is free!  A $20 donation benefits Sustain Charlotte's bicycle program and advocacy work!

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* May 10 - 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 Epic Capital Wealth Management 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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May 3 - Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Little Sugar Creek Greenway Cordelia Park Segment / Cross Charlotte Trail

4:30pm - 5:15pm @ 700 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Don't miss the exciting opening of  this greenway segment that extends the Little Sugar Creek Greenway from Parkwood Avenue through Cordelia Park to 24th Street at Davidson. This is a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties and two states. This segment was built jointly by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. After the Ribbon Cutting, come celebrate the kick off of the Greenways for Mecklenburg Foundation! Take a walk down the Greenway to the Free Range Brewery, located at 2320 N Davidson St.


May 13 - The Big Spring Clean

9:00 am to 1:00 pm @ several locations

A lot of trash gets into streams and lakes from storm drains, flooded yards, and illegal dumping. Help Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services clean up streams and lakes by participating in a one day called The Big Spring Clean! Volunteers register for one of several stream or lake locations sponsored across Mecklenburg County. They gather on a Saturday morning to spend a few hours working together to collect trash out of streams and lakes. All supplies are provided. Each year, about 500 volunteers clean up an average of 10 tons of trash! Click here to learn more!


May 20 - Fresh Expo

11:00am - 5:00pm @ Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211.

The Fresh Expo is an exciting event that showcases local, regional and national businesses and organizations that are innovative leaders in healthy, green, eco and sustainable living impacting the Charlotte metropolitan community. We'll have a both at this event! Join us to learn about health and wellness, cleaner technologies and green innovations in transportation, energy and sustainability! Click here to learn more.


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 - Little - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Natural Awakenings - Optima Engineering  - S&D Coffee & Tea - Weeklyrides.com


BRONZE

AT&T - Barrett G. Moore, DDS, PA & Associates - Carolina Urban Lumber - Charlotte Agenda - Choices Do Matter - Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room - Dharma Construction Group, LLC - Domtar - Duke Energy - Flywheel Group - Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont - Greater Charlotte Apartment Association - Green LED Efficiency -  Greffen Systems - HDR - Healthy Home Market - HNTB - Insight Architects - Interstate All Battery Center - Charlotte - Moore & Van Allen - NC Sustainable Energy Association - Okra Charlotte / Gumbo: The Store - Queen City Bicycles - Renewable Energy Transition Initiative - SAROS Desalination - Studio Cellar - STV Engineers, Inc. - TC Lifestyle Fitness - Whole Foods Market - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

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