May 10 Weekly Brief!

Join us tonight at Free Range Brewing, 6-7:30pm, for our fun and informative May Monthly Mixer!  

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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 and community outreach efforts!

Then, we'll raffle off a package of 6 bottles of wine from Dover Vineyards (three red and three white, a $120 value!). Tickets are just $5 for one or $10 for three!

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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Can Vision Zero reverse Charlotte's rapidly rising traffic crash fatality rate?

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At Monday’s City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting, we heard unsettling news about a steady upward trend in traffic fatalities on Charlotte streets. But we also heard the official start of a conversation about how to reverse that trend and eliminate future fatalities and serious injuries through implementing Vision Zero. 

There’s been an upward trend of traffic crashes in Charlotte since 2012, with an average of 48 people killed every year between 2012 - 2016. Last year, our city recorded more than 30,000 crashes. That’s the highest recorded number here ever.

Vision Zero is a concept that originated in Sweden and is sweeping the globe. The core principle is: In every situation a person might fail - the road system should not. 

Click here to learn more about Vision Zero and Charlotte's plan to implement this initiative. 


Thanks to all who joined us to celebrate sustainable and equitable transportation in Charlotte last weekend!

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This past Saturday, 60+ Charlotte-area residents joined us for our Art for All | Bikes for All bike ride that showcased the newest Inside|Out art installations along the Stewart and Irwin Creek Greenways!

Then, on Sunday, we joined thousands of people at Open Streets 704! We partnered with CDOT to distribute intercept surveys to riders as they came down the protected bike lane demo on The Plaza!  This valuable information will help CDOT decide if this project will move from demo to pilot to permanent!  

Click here to learn how YOU can help make this protected bike lane on the Plaza permanent!


Join us on May 20th to enjoy great food, great music and plenty of fun for the whole family -- all while supporting Sustain Charlotte!

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Whole Foods Market is hosting this exciting BBQ and Bluegrass festival to celebrate the opening of their brand new store and all proceeds will be donated to support our work! Tickets are just $10 for non-Sustain Charlotte members and $5 for members (children under 10 are free)! 

Each ticket includes a BBQ plate (vegan options available), and full admission to all booths at the event!

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Our unique wayfinding + placemaking project called #WalkCLT is returning! 
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In 2015, Sustain Charlotte teamed up with OrthoCarolina and #thesavageway to bring a first-of-its-kind walking initiative to the Plaza Midwood Business District to promote walking as a form of transportation. On June 2, we're launching our second #WalkCLT initiative in FreeMoreWest!

Join us for this free and family friendly event event to explore the neighborhood, new greenway and enjoy great deals from participating local businesses! 

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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 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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We need LOTS of volunteers for #WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest!

Using pedestrian wayfinding signs, #WalkCLT aims to raise awareness of the role that walking can play as a mode of transportation and the many social, environmental, and economic benefits that walking generates for ourselves and our community!

On June 2, we're bringing this initiative to FreeMoreWest with an exciting launch event and we want YOU to be a part of it!

You can join this fun community initiative by 1) Helping to distribute flyers in the area (5/23), 2) Joining our Ninja Sign Team and helping to place exciting new pedestrian wayfinding signs (5/30, 6/1) OR 3) Helping with day-of-event preparations (6/2). 

Click here for details and to sign up for a shift! Feel free to invite friends, family and/or co-workers to join you (just make sure they sign up as well)!

All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt and wristband to participate in the event!  


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Charlotte’s Light Rail Was Supposed to Change our Attitude About Cars. It Hasn’t. [The Charlotte Observer] 

“Those [developments near mass transit] are the best opportunities we have right now to build less parking,” Shannon Binns, head of Sustain Charlotte, said of the sites developers have been buying up for top dollar next to the light rail. The $1.2 billion Blue Line extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte is set to open by March of next year. “When we don’t maximize the land use around the transit investments, we really are undermining those investments.”


How Does Charlotte Grow? 3 Developers Talk About the Future of the City [CharlotteFive]

"So what does not boring look like? Apartments that are more than places to sleep at night. An emphasis on experience: Are there interesting places to eat and drink nearby? Is there wifi everywhere? Are the living spaces beautiful?" Great communities include places for people to connect, relax, and play. We love to see developments and neighborhoods support not just amazing places for their own residents, but for ALL in the public!


Every U.S. County Has an Affordable Housing Crisis [CityLab]

"The affordable housing crisis has spared no county—rural or urban. From small towns like Traverse City, Michigan, to big expensive cities like San Francisco, a cheap and decent place to live is hard to come by. And it would be even harder without government support, according to a new report by the Urban Institute." Lack of affordable housing is a nationwide problem, but it's especially acute in our area. For very low income families, Mecklenburg ranks far below average in availability of affordable housing.


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* TONIGHT (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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June 2 - #WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest

5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Recover Brands (1518 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208)

In 2015, Sustain Charlotte teamed up with OrthoCarolina and #thesavageway to bring a first-of-its-kind walking initiative to the Plaza Midwood Business District to promote walking as a form of transportation. On June 2, we're launching our second #WalkCLT initiative in FreeMoreWest! Join us for this free and family friendly event event to explore the neighborhood, new greenway and enjoy great deals from participating local businesses! 

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May 13 - Can Do Signs Bike Ride

10:00am - 12:00pm @ Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S. Turner Ave. Charlotte, NC 28209

The Knight Foundation funded, City of Charlotte project, Can Do Signs, has installed temporary positive signs around Charlotte inviting residents to enjoy their public spaces. You can dance! You can sing! You can high five a friend! Join in on this fun ride to celebrate some of our Can Do Signs and see what activites we "can do" along the way. Then meet for some snacks and celebration at the end of our bike ride! Click here to register!


May 20 - BBQ and Blues Festival 

4:00pm - 7:00pm @ Whole Foods Market Waverly (7221 Waverly Walk Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277

Join us for a preview celebration of Whole Foods Market Waverly, opening at the corner of 485 and Providence Road. Enjoy great food, great music (Jim Garrett Band), and plenty of fun for the whole family – even the four-legged members! All proceeds from this event (hosted by Whole Foods Market) will be donated to Sustain Charlotte! Tickets are $10 for non Sustain Charlotte members and $5 for Sustain Charlotte members and include a BBQ plate (vegan options available) and full admission to all booths at the event. Register here!


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 booth at this event! Join us to learn about health and wellness, cleaner technologies and green innovations in transportation, energy and sustainability! Use promo code "symphonypark" to get FREE access to general admissionClick here to learn more.


May 27 - Fat Tire Presents Tour de Fat (benefiting Bike Walk NC)

4:00pm - 9:00pm @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 

Expect to experience the unexpected. This event features A Thousand Horses and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Proceeds from the Charlotte Tour de Fat benefit Bike Walk NCClick here to get tickets!


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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