April 6 Weekly Brief!

Check out the impact you've made in just the first month of the Way2Go CLT sustainable transportation challenge!

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Way2Go Willie will be tracking the very real difference that your participation in Way2Go CLT is making each month!

Were you one of the top performing teams or an individual prize winner for the March challenge? Read our blog to see who the winners are!

Want chances to win more awesome prizes in April? You'll earn one entry for every 10 trips you log biking, walking, riding transit, carpooling or teleworking. You can log ANY trip of ANY length!

Not registered yet? It's time to join the fun! Visit myway2goclt.org/register to join an existing team, start a new team, or go solo.


What's Way2Go CLT all about? Watch our feature on WCNC's Charlotte Today! Click here or on the image below:

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Please share this video with your networks and help spread the word about this initiative!


We're announcing our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Award winners in less than three weeks! Join us for the exciting reveal on April 26!

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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. 

Join us at the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration to meet our 2017 winners, while noshing on nine unique tapas with ROOTS Catering! Space is limited! Get your tickets now:

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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; Wine Sponsor: Dover Vineyards; Gold Sponsors Rodgers BuildersMoore & Van Allen; and Silver Sponsors Blumenthal FoundationCenter For Intentional LeadershipDuke EnergyO2 emcS&D Coffee and TeaHealthy Home Market. Bronze Sponsors: LittleJavesca Coffee.


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 at our Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration!

We're in need of several volunteers for our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration on April 26th to help with check-in, selling raffle tickets and helping with our live auction.  You will also have the opportunity to meet nine award-winning sustainability leaders from our community and nosh on tapas from ROOTS Catering!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (volunteers arrive at 4:30/5pm)

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

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


Volunteer with us at our Open Streets 704 booth!

On May, 7 Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people!

We need several volunteers to pass out information on our work and help facilitate our fun booth activity. At our booth, we'll be encouraging open streets participants to embrace their artistic side and contribute to a paint-by-numbers Charlotte-themed mural! This is a great opportunity to engage with our cause and be part of an amazing community event!

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 11:00am - 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 you’re available. SHIFT 1: 11am - 2:30pm; SHIFT 2: 2:30pm - 5pm


Volunteer at Sustain Charlotte's Office! 

We're in need of volunteers to join us at our office to help us prep for our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration! This is a great opportunity to volunteer with a group of friends or co-workers!

WHEN: Monday, April 24, 12:00pm - 2:30pm and/or Tuesday, April 25, 10:00am - 2:30pm (1-2hr shifts are available!)

WHERE: Sustain Charlotte office, 2151 Hawkins St. #200, Charlotte, NC 20203.

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


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Charlotte’s Looking at Giving Bicycles Their Own, Protected Lanes on These Streets Uptown [The Charlotte Observer]

"The city of Charlotte is considering adding protected bicycle lanes – in which the bicycles are protected from cars by a physical barrier – through uptown...Sustain Charlotte has been promoting the idea of protected bicycle lanes, which are safer for bicyclists, in the hopes of encouraging more people to get around by bike. One of the main reasons people give for not biking as much as they say they want to is a lack of feeling safe on the city’s busy streets." Thanks to the thousands of you who have signed our #iBikeCLT petition and made your voices heard at public workshops, CLT is making plans for protected bike lanes that will provide much needed connectivity through Uptown!


Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South [The Atlantic]

"Data suggests that Charlotte is a dead-end for people trying to escape poverty. That’s especially startling because the city is a leader in economic development in the South." Housing is the biggest expense for most households, followed by transportation. Sustain Charlotte is working to improve economic mobility by connecting people to opportunities through transportation choices and sustainable land use.


When Downtowns Come Alive Again [PlanCharlotte]

"Something shifted in the national mindset in the 1990s. In many places, America’s downtowns started to come back, even without large convention centers or stadiums. During the past decade or more, the 20th-century forces of highway-building, suburbanization and sledge-hammer zoning met a countervailing force: renewed interest in cities and downtowns." This UNC Charlotte Urban Institute PlanCharlotte article explains how small towns like Shelby, North Carolina are reinventing their downtowns to attract and retain businesses, residents, and jobs. Sustainability is for communities of all sizes!


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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! Click here to view our 2017 nominees.

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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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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 20 - Engagement Café Hosted by Livable Meck

8:00am - 10:00 @ Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Dr. Charlotte, North Carolina 28208.

April's engagement café will feature subject matter experts, relevant data, and highlight Mecklenburg’s new designation as an “Age-Friendly Community.” All partners are welcome – whether your clients are in elementary school or retired. This experience will challenge your way of thinking about aging issues. Click here to RSVP!


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. 


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.


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We're happy to announce that Little has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold level! Javesca Coffee (Silver) and NC Sustainable Energy Association (Bronze) have also renewed their membership! 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 - Little - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Natural Awakenings - Optima Engineering  - S&D Coffee & Tea - Weeklyrides.com

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