Weekly Brief May 18!

Do you love great drink specials, supporting local business and socializing on your Thursday evening? 

If so, drop by Pint Central tomorrow night between 5:00 - 7:00pm to enjoy local beverages and support our work in the community at the same time!

Pint Central is generously donating $1 from each Cannonborough Beverage Company and George Dickel Whiskey drink sold to Sustain Charlotte! (George Dickel Whiskey will match this donation, too!)


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Don't wait! Register now to explore Charlotte Outside the Car on May 24!

Join us and members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce GreenWorks for a fun group ride on the Light Rail and B-Cycle, presentations from several fantastic speakers, and refreshments and networking at 7th Street Public Market

This will be an exciting collaboration between two sustainability-focused groups and a great opportunity to learn more about the benefits and future plans of Charlotte's transportation system.

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The cost of your ticket is $20 ($15 for Sustaining Members). This will cover your light rail ticket and refreshments at 7th Street Public Market.

Featured Speakers:

  • John Lewis, CEO of Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
  • Megan Green, Air Quality Program Manager for Mecklenburg County
  • Chris Clouden, Executive Director of 7th Street Public Market
  • David Walters, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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The Sustain Charlotte Community Corps is making an impact!

Last Saturday, more than 70 neighborhood residents, volunteers, and visitors gathered on a sunny Saturday morning in the historic Grier Heights neighborhood to celebrate the legacy of the late Jonathan Belton. 

The event highlighted the importance of health, wellness, and active transportation (in this case, walking) in building a more sustainable future for the neighborhood!

Sustain Charlotte's table at the event featured education about active transportation including how to navigate the neighborhood and city safely by bicycle, information about the CATS 2030 Transit Corridor Plan, and how to be a safe pedestrian.

What's next for the Sustain Charlotte Community Corps in Grier Heights? Click here to find out!


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Attend our mixer on June 7 for a chance to win a brand new E-Bike!

For the month of June, the Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer is partnering with Tour de TurnsFriendship TraysCharlotte Cycles and Triple C Brewing Company for an exciting, family-friendly event!

Join us at Triple C Brewing Company from 4:00 - 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 7 for great local brews, E-bike demos, and a fantastic raffle* where you'll have a chance to win a brand new E-bike provided by Charlotte Cycles!

Triple C Brewing is generously donating $1 from each beer sold to Sustain Charlotte and Friendship Trays!

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Share and invite your friends on Facebook!


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#ibikeCLT Campaign Update:

1,302 people have signed our online statement of support and over 700 have signed offline! 

Over 2,000 local residents are asking Charlotte City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! Add your name and join them! If you've already signed, please share it with your friends and family or post it to your social media!

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Don't miss the last Public Design Charrette for South Boulevard / South Tryon Street Corridor Studies!

Thursday, May 19 – 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Public Open House: Come see the charrette results and provide feedback on the preliminary recommendations.

Do your part to help CDOT improve conditions for pedestrian and bicyclists within the two corridors. Charlotte City Council and the general public are invited to participate. The design charrette will be located at the Charlotte Trolley Museum at 1507 Camden Road.  See schedule of times below.

This is a great opportunity to work with designers and City staff to develop recommendations for improving South Boulevard and South Tryon Street!

Click here for more information

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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Good Things Come to Those on Bikes [U.S. PIRG]

"More people are choosing to bike to work than ever before. Across the United States, bike commuting has increased 62 percent since 2000. And as more people bike, cities are starting to take note. Since 2009, the number of protected bike lanes (those with a physical separation between bike and vehicle traffic, not just paint lines) has doubled every two years. It's a cycle: build more bike lanes and more people will bike; more people bike, and there's more impetus for more and better bike infrastructure." We love this summary on changing trends in cycling for transportation. We are working hard to bring these changes to charlotte, especially through our #iBikeCLT campaign!


Charlotte’s Transit Among Nation’s Worst [The Charlotte Observer]

"Most of Charlotte lacks the high-quality transit Americans increasingly demand. And even where it does exist there are barriers to using it...Charlotte should reform its parking requirements to encourage development near the city’s best transit lines. [Parking minimums] encourage car reliance, make it needlessly difficult for developers to build in the most transit-accessible areas, and create dead space in what could be vibrant pedestrian areas." We strongly agree with the recommendations in this report for Charlotte. Read this article to find out what we can do to improve transit in our city!


Drilling Down to the Real Role of Bike Lanes in Social Equity [CityLab]

"Can better bicycle infrastructure help make cities more just and equitable places?... [A new] report looks to community-based bike advocates around the country for their take on the complex intersection of race, class, and bicycle infrastructure. It contains some thought-provoking initiatives, suggesting that conversations about how bikes fit into local streets can be a meaningful part of bigger discussions about fairness, economic opportunity, and health. A truly sustainable city must be equitable, which is why our #iBikeCLT campaign is about connecting Charlotte with safe and sustainable ways for all people to travel!

 


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* May 19 - Thursday Night Sustainable Pint *

5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Pint Central, 1226 Central Ave Ste A, Charlotte.

Pint Central is once again hosting The Thursday Night Sustainable Pint to benefit Sustain Charlotte! Join us at Pint Central to socialize, get to know Sustain Charlotte staff and take advantage of great food and drink specials! Pint Central is generously donating $1 from each Cannonborough Beverage Company and George Dickel Whiskey drink sold to Sustain Charlotte! (George Dickel Whiskey will match this donation, too!) Half price tapas will also be available for the duration of the event! Click here to RSVP.


* May 24 - Charlotte Outside the Car: A special event in partnership with the GreenWorks division of the Charlotte Chamber! *

3:00pm - 6:00pm @ 7th Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St, Charlotte. 

Join Sustain Charlotte, in partnership with the GreenWorks division of the Charlotte Chamber, for a tour of sustainable modes of transportation in Charlotte. We will ride the LYNX Blue Line and/or B-Cycle to 7th Street Public Market, where we will have a short program with networking. Click here to register and learn more. *This is a ticketed event (to cover your light rail ticket and refreshments at 7th Street Public Market).


May 26 - Haigler Club Kickoff Event

6:30pm @ Lake Haigler, 1604 Hwy 21 Bypass, Fort Mill, SC.

Anne Springs Close Greenway is hosting an evening of adventure as they launch the new Haigler Club! Come learn more about this new young adult club that has an adventurous spirit with a philanthropic foundation. Free Legal Remedy Brewing beer, kayaking & a bonfire! Click here to learn more.


June 4 - National Trails Day

11:00am - 3:00pm @ the South Fork Trail and Blueway, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC. The Carolina Thread Trail is celebrating National Trails Day with a free, family-friendly event at the South Fork Trail, and everyone is invited! Enjoy guided nature hikes, free kayak rentals for paddling on the South Fork River, lawn games, live music, Papi Queso food truck, Rivermen Brewing Company and more. This event is free and family friendly. Click here to learn more.


* June 7 - Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer - A Special Collaboration! *

6:00pm - 8:00pm @ Bicycle Sport, 2916 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte. 

For the month of June, the Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer is partnering with Tour de TurnsFriendship TraysCharlotte Cycles and Triple C Brewing Company for an exciting, family-friendly event! Join us at Triple C Brewing Company for great local brews, E-bike demos, and a fantastic raffle* where you'll have a chance to win a brand new E-bike provided by Charlotte CyclesTriple C Brewing is generously donating $1 from each beer sold to Sustain Charlotte and Friendship Trays! Click here to RSVP.


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We're proud to announce that Optima Engineering and The Center for Intentional Leadership have joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold level! We are 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

Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America

GOLD

#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - The Center for Intentional Leadership - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - National Gypsum - NC GreenPower - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


BRONZE


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