June 29 Weekly Brief!

Our Monthly Mixer is changing to a new location!

Mark your calendars now for our next Monthly Mixer: July 13 at Free Range Brewing! 

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For the next three months our Monthly Mixers with Green Drinks Charlotte will be held on the second Wednesday of the month at Free Range Brewing in NoDa!

Join us next month on Wednesday, July 13, from 6:00 to 7:30pm for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking. 

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!

Following this presentation, we will give an #ibikeCLT campaign update and brief advocacy training (participation is optional) to gear up for the momentum our campaign is building!

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Invite your friends on Facebook!


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Our new cornhole boards were a hit at our member potluck last week!

June 23 may have been the hottest day of the year, but it didn't keep our members from enjoying a family-friendly evening of grilling and games at a beautiful lakeside pavilion in Park Road Park!

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8 year-old Brayden, the son of a member, dominated the competition and won the whole tournament! He became the proud owner of the grand prize, a set of two custom Sustain Charlotte cornhole boards and matching green & blue beanbags.

Many thanks to all the members who joined us for this fun event! 

And special thanks to our friends Devin Forbes at Builtwell and Katie Schindler at Fine Grit for so generously donating the space, materials, and their expertise needed to make our new Sustain Charlotte cornhole boards! And thanks to our Gold Partner Boingo Graphics for providing the beautiful decals!

Congratulations to our new member, Daphne Traywick, for winning the two U.S. Whitewater Center AllSport passes!

Click here to read more.


 

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CATS narrowed down options for the Silver Line rail!

Following a series of public meetings over the past year, CATS staff have determined two possible alignments for the future Silver Line light rail. These options are based on technical considerations as well as input from over 1,000 community members who shared their desires and concerns for the corridor.

Both options yield opportunities for the currently very auto-dominated Independence Boulevard corridor to provide sustainable transportation options as well as opportunities for mixed-use development and redevelopment!

Click here to read more on our blog!


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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 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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Important #ibikeClt campaign update!

1,479 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 900 have signed offline! 

Add your name and join the 2,350 local residents who are voicing their support:

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


* The public input session for the Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study has been postponed to September 20! *

The City is working with a consultant to evaluate options to connect the Little Sugar, Irwin and Stewart Creek greenways and on * September 20 * 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 Tuesday, September 20, 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 #Sept20CLT and #iBikeCLT

Click here to learn more.


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Did you clean commute this week? Enter the Clean Commute Olympics now for a chance to win prizes!

Log at least one clean commute (any roundtrip to work when you’re not driving alone in your car) per week to be eligible for weekly prize drawings! 

This week, one lucky Clean Commute Olympian will win a pack of tickets to see the Charlotte Hounds, courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas.

Log at least five clean commutes before August 5 to be entered in the grand prize drawing for a 55-inch UHD TV. 

We are a proud community partner of this challenge!


Participate in the Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Program!

The Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Program
 is currently looking for businesses that are in need of guidance on starting or enhancing their waste reduction/recycling programs to participate in its pilot mentorship program. 

The program works by pairing businesses facing specific, recycling-related problems (or tasks) with pre-selected businesses that have the expertise to assist them. Participation is free and open to any business in Mecklenburg County. 

Interested businesses should contact Ryan Johnson at Ryan.Johnson@mecklenburgcountync.gov or 980-314-3872 to learn more and get an application form.


Be part of Charlotte’s first large scale citizen science monitoring event! 

Clean Air Carolina is looking for 8 groups of 3-5 people to kick off their Citizen Science Program for a full scale test of their AirBeam equipment.  Help map various routes and forms of transportation on July 12 from 6-7:30pm with food, drink and fellowship to follow.

Click here to learn more. 

Please RSVP to: terry@cleanaircarolina.org to confirm your attendance and with your mode choice by July 8.


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How Infill Development Can Help Stop Urban Sprawl [The City Fix] 

"Urban sprawl in Mexican cities has produced thousands of socioeconomically stratified single-family houses, which are isolated from businesses, schools, hospitals, and cultural institutions. This pattern of urbanization has led to inefficient land use and low densities, with residents disconnected on the periphery...By 'filling the gap' in vacant or underutilized urban areas, infill development can bring a variety of benefits to urban communities." Each day, about 44 new people move to Charlotte. It's important to have the right zoning and policies in place to support the kind of community where people will want to live!


$20 million face-lift aims for pedestrian feel at Bank of America Plaza [The Charlotte Observer]

"After eight weeks of work, construction crews have finished one of the largest hurdles in the $20 million face-lift of Bank of America Plaza at the crossroads of uptown Charlotte. 'We’re trying to give it a pedestrian feel,' [Richard Boswell, architect of the renovations said], 'Something that approaches the street and creates retail space that creates a more enlivened environment around the square.” It's great to see this consideration for the pedestrian environment in Charlotte!


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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 26: Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) open house

10:00am – 1:00pm @ Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) conducts long-range transportation planning for Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties, and is seeking input on its Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).  The CTP is a multi-modal, long-range evaluation of existing and future transportation needs that will serve as the foundation for many of the CRTPO’s future efforts. Click here to learn more.


Sept 20: 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.


Sept 30 - Oct 1: Carolina Jubilee 

@ VanHoy Farms in Harmony, NC. A two-day rock and bluegrass festival highlighting Carolina Farm Trust’s mission; protecting farm land and fostering an ecosystem of sustainable farming. Anjoy live music, a beer garden, farm-to-table food, local vendors, and camping optional on-site. The proceeds from the festival are going to support a local farm, Mary L, in purchasing a pasteurization system so that they can sell their local, organic, free range milk directly to the community! Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.


* SAVE THE DATE - October 15: Sustain Charlotte's Second Annual Biketoberfest *

Sustain Charlotte will host this highly anticipated event on Saturday, October 15th, 12-6pm in Center City and South End Charlotte. This unique event shows hundreds of people how easy it is to get around without driving! Participants will bike, walk, or ride transit to sponsoring businesses while collecting stamps in their official Biketoberfest passport. Stamps will be redeemed for raffle tickets and a chance to win many valuable prizes! This family-friendly event will end with an after party celebration with live music and an exciting raffle! All proceeds will benefit Sustain Charlotte, your community advocate for biking in Charlotte! Click here to learn more.


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 - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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