June 1 Weekly Brief!

We invite you to join us tomorrow (Friday, June 2nd) from 5-8pm for WalkCLT 2017! This is a free event and your chance to explore the FreeMoreWest area of Charlotte! 

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Photo: Our amazing team of volunteers, including several from Livable Meck, placed these fun new #WalkCLT pedestrian wayfinding signs throughout FreeMoreWest this week!

Registration is FREE and includes a wristband and list of participating businesses that are offering great deals during the event (5-8pm!). Plus, you'll get a chance to explore the greenway and enjoy lots of great activities for the whole family along the way! 

Simply check-in at Recover Brands (1518 Bryant St.) and then follow the suggested walking route that leads to Blue Blaze Brewing via the Stewart Creek greenway! 

View the route map that includes a list of participating businesses and activities!

Don't forget your re-fillable water bottle! Technekes will be hosting a water station at Recover Brands!

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WalkCLT is powered by OrthoCarolina. This initiative aims to raise awareness of the role that walking can play as a mode of transportation and the many social, environmental, and economic benefits walking generates for ourselves and our community. Project partners include: #thesavagewayRecover BrandsRootsRated MediaBlue Blaze Brewing.


Can our infrastructure keep up or is permanent gridlock in our future? 

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Our Founder + Executive Director Shannon Binns was one of the guests this week on WFAE's Charlotte Talks discussing local transportation and smart growth! Other guests include staff from the Charlotte Planning Department, CDOT, and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)!

Listen here to listen!


The Way2Go CLT Clean Commute Challenge begins TODAY and the prizes are better than ever!

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Sustain Charlotte has partnered with CATS and Charlotte Air Awareness to co-host the Clean Commute Challenge that will run from June 1st through July 31st as part of our Way2Go CLT initiative.

If you've already registered for Way2Go CLT, you're already entered into this June - July challenge!

Simply log 10 clean commute roundtrips for a chance to win! Prizes include a Kindle Voyage, Fitbit Blaze and a grand prize drawing for a Home Automation Kit with a Nest Thermostat, Google Home, and Apple Watch! 

Haven't registered? Click here and then simply log all your trips to work via carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk, or telecommute for your chance to win!

REMINDER: We're drawing prizes for May's Way2Go CLT challenge winners on Tuesday (6/6)! You have until Monday at midnight to log all your May trips for a chance to WIN! 


Next Wednesday is our June Monthly Mixer at Free Range Brewing featuring Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner Urban Land Institute Charlotte

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Photo: rendering from ULI Urban Ideas Competition's winning team, BSB Design.

Join us on June 14, 6-7:30 for a fun evening of networking. At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll get to see a great presentation from the ULI Urban Ideas Competition's winning team, BSB Design!

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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Many thanks to Wooden Robot and all of YOU for supporting Sustain Charlotte through Generously Hopped!

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This month, Wooden Robot partnered with Sustain Charlotte to raise awareness and funds through their Generously Hopped IPA series! $1 of every large pour and crowler fill of the Generously Hopped IPA was donated to our organization and in total, we raised a total of $1,000!


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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Weigh in on the newest Cross CLT Trail segment from your computer!

The newest segment of the Cross Charlotte Trail will create a segment between North Davidson Street near Cordelia park and the Matheson Avenue Bridge. 

If you were unable to attend the May 10 meeting about this project, you can still weigh in on both projects by participating in a virtual meeting through Wednesday, June 7. Click here to participate!

Learn more about the Cross Charlotte Trail


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Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls: The Myth of the Return to Cities [NY Times]

"Be skeptical when you hear about the return to glory of the American city — that idealized vision of rising skyscrapers and bustling, dense downtowns. Contrary to perception, the nation is continuing to become more suburban, and at an accelerating pace. The prevailing pattern is growing out, not up, although with notable exceptions." The good news is that Charlotte's is one of these exceptions! Read the NY Times article about which cities continue to sprawl and which are becoming more compact. Our average neighborhood density increased by 0.5% between 2010 and 2016. But as one of the fastest-growing large U.S. cities, we still lag far behind Seattle, where the density increased by 3% over the same time period. We're hopeful that Charlotte's commitment to creating a new Unified Development Ordinance and supporting transportation choices will lead to a more vibrant city!


It’s Insane to Keep Building Huge Parking Decks Along the Light Rail Line 

As Charlotte's traffic congestion grows, more attention is being paid to the amount and locations of parking spaces being built. Mary Newsom explores how Charlotte's past decades of sprawling development have led to many parts of town being unreachable without a car, and how parking garages could be better designed to transition to different uses in a less car-dependent future. Read more at The Naked City blogWe agree with South End resident Philip Sanford who argues for a reduction in parking spaces for Charlotte's densest neighborhoods that are well-served by transit in this Charlotte Five article. Less parking would also allow tenants to save money on rent by reducing the high cost of parking that is currently built into their rents, supports the use of sustainable transportation, and allows more human-scaled development to be built. 


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* June 2 (TOMORROW!) - #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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* June 14 - 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 ULI Charlotte who will be presenting the Urban Ideas Competition and winning team! 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 4 - Front Porch Sunday

12:00pm - 5:00pm @ 2151 Hawkins Street, Charlotte, NC 28203.

On the first Sunday of every month April – November, dozens of cool local vendors and food trucks come together to create a pop-up festival at at 2151 Hawkins Street, behind Shook Kelley, next to Sycamore Brewing and a few steps off the Rail Trail. Whether you breeze through on two feet or two wheels, you’re invited to kick back, stay awhile, and shop small. We will have a booth set up and be hosting a fun activity at this event! Be sure to stop by to see us and all the other great local vendors! Check out the facebook event here


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 - Scalable Consulting - 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 
ULI Charlotte - 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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