June 22 Weekly Brief!

Thanks to the 61 new members who joined during our Summer Fund Drive, we not only reached our goal of 50 new members but exceeded it!


We are sincerely grateful for the support of our members -- both new and old -- and look forward to working together in the coming months to expand our impact and continue to inspire choices that lead to a healthier, more vibrant community!

Our SCCC volunteers were recognized for their work with Grier Heights residents!

At their June meeting, the Board of Directors of CrossRoads recognized Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) volunteers for their excellent and committed work alongside Grier Heights residents in the first half of 2016.

Gloria Green, Director of the Grier Heights Community Center, applauded Sustain Charlotte's approach for truly working with residents rather than imposing a pre-determined agenda on them as some well-intentioned organizations do. "They really listen and work with us to find out what this community needs." 

Click here to read more about this great news!


The Clean Commute Olympics kicked off this week! 

Take the challenge and join the fun for a chance to win prizes each week while helping to clear the air in Charlotte!

Clean commute (any roundtrip to work when you’re not driving alone in your car) at least five times between June 20 and August 5 to be entered in the grand prize drawing for an Ultra HD TV.

It's not too late to sign up! Register here and don't forget to log your clean commutes each week to qualify for the grand prize drawing. 

Log at least one clean commute this week to be entered in the prize drawing for Week 1. You could win a pack of tickets to see the Charlotte Knights courtesy of NewDominion Bank!

We are a proud community partner of this challenge!


Important #ibikeClt campaign update!

1,455 people have signed our online statement of support asking Charlotte City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways and over 850 have signed offline! 

Add your name and join the 2,300 local residents who are voicing their support:


Wouldn't you love to see a protected bike lane like this through Uptown?

The Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study is HUGE for our campaign!

The City is working with a consultant to evaluate options to connect the Little Sugar, Irwin and Stewart Creek greenways and on July 28 YOU will have the chance to provide input for this study! 

Let the city know that you want to see a safe, protected bike lane connecting our greenways and ultimately a network of protected lanes throughout Charlotte!

Mark your calendars NOW for Thursday, July 28, to drop by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center between 4 and 7pm for this public workshop!

Help us spread the word of this important input session using #July28CLT and #iBikeCLT

Click here to learn more.

Join Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior David Jayo, and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte Todd Tibbits for an exciting announcement!

Wednesday, June 29, 9:45am @ Little Sugar Creek Greenway - Intersection of Kings Drive and 4th Street, Charlotte, NC, 28204.

The announcement will be related to the Department of the Interior's vision to increase connections to public lands and more than triple the number of volunteers who help care for America’s treasured landscapes.

Following the announcement, there will be a service project for those interested in participating. The dress code for the event and the service project is casual.

Click here to RSVP. 

City of Charlotte - Bicycle Program Coordinator Position - open until 7/7/16

The City of Charlotte currently has 140+ miles of trails, bike lanes and bike routes.  The City is currently funding a $35M (26-mile) trail project that will “cross” the city and is known as the Cross Charlotte Trail.  The City is also pursuing its first “cycle-tracks” on several projects.  The Bicycle Program Coordinator will serve as the City’s primary bicycle advocate, planner and facilitator in making Charlotte a more bicycle-friendly city.  Click here to learn more and apply.

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)!*



Mecklenburg County selects $683.3 million vision for Brooklyn Village project [The Charlotte Observer]

"BK Partners has been selected by Mecklenburg County to transform 17 acres in Second Ward into Brooklyn Village, a massive mixed-use project of retail, apartments, offices, open space and 280 hotel rooms...Commissioners Pat Cotham, Ella Scarborough and Matthew Ridenhour voted against the recommendation for BK Partners. One sticking point for Cotham and others was a belief that BK Partners and the other proposals didn’t have enough open space. Leading up to the vote, groups such as Sustain Charlotte questioned why the county would give up 5-acre Marshall Park in exchange for less than 2 acres of park space." We strongly believe that Brooklyn Village deserves a sufficiently sized public park as the other ward neighborhoods have. 

Fighting over growth on Charlotte’s southern border [PlanCharlotte]

"In the booming South Carolina communities nudging the southern edges of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County a civil war of sorts is erupting over how to manage growth...Planners, meanwhile, are developing guidelines for comprehensive growth plans and development ordinances to help improve the quality of development.  Most of these proposed regulations will go to elected officials for final decisions in coming months." Will communities around Charlotte grow sustainably or have to deal with the unpleasant consequences of sprawl? This is a great article that discusses the questions that communities must grapple with as they determine what kind of life residents want.

Why Romare Bearden’s Party in the Park is a winner for parents [Charlotte Agenda]

"Not only was Romare Bearden Park hosting evening concerts on Wednesday’s from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., but they were also hosting music during lunch hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon until 1:30 in the afternoon. This city movement for arts access in Uptown Charlotte is a welcome change." Dense urban development supports the full use of vibrant parks that our rapidly growing population relies on to provide cultural and recreational programs for adults and kids of all income levels! We are glad to hear this first-hand account of the incredible value that this park brings to Uptown Charlotte.


June 20 - August 5: Charlotte Air Awareness Clean Commute Olympics

Minimizing vehicle emissions is one of the most powerful steps our community can take to improve air quality. Challenge your friends and coworkers to make a positive change! Record at least five clean commutes for an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. You could win an Ultra-HD television to watch the Rio games, or one of seven weekly prizes for clean commuting this summer! Sustain Charlotte is a partner for this challenge. Registration is now open! Click here to learn more and register yourself or your company today!

* July 13: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer * NEW LOCATION!

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 6:30 you'll hear from a recent UNCC graduate and soon-to-be grad who will present their protected bike lane design proposal for Uptown. Join us to see some great visuals of what a protected bike lane could look like through Uptown Charlotte! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.

July 13: Film Showing - At the Fork

7:00 - 8:30pm @ Studio Movie Grill (Epicentre), 210 E Trade St D290, Charlotte, NC, US, 28202. Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food. Cost is $10.00. PLEASE NOTEIn order for the film to show, tickets must be reserved by July 1. No actual transaction will take place until the film is confirmed (once 54 tickets are reserved!). Reserve your ticket here

July 28: The Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study Public Input Session

4:00 - 7:00pm @ the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. The City is working with a consultant to evaluate options to connect the Little Sugar, Irwin and Stewart Creek greenways and at this workshop, YOU will have the chance to provide input for this study! Please attend this workshop and let the city know that you want to see a safe, protected bike lane connecting our greenways and ultimately a network of protected lanes throughout Charlotte. We are encouraging people from all over Charlotte to ride their bikes to this event.  Make it a group ride, make it a race, make it a slow cruise, just make it out on July 28th and let your voice be heard in support of safe, connected, world-class bicycle infrastructure! Click here to learn more.


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!



Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America


#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


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