June 8 Weekly Brief!

WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest was a fantastic event and tremendous success thanks to YOUR support! 

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Photo: Over 350 participants attended WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest!

Here's the impact of WalkCLT by the numbers:

  • 108,200 calories burned
  • 1,190 pounds of carbon dioxide prevented (due to walking instead of driving)
  • 1,082 miles walked
  • 350+ participants
  • 7 event partners including WalkCLT sponsor, OrthoCarolina 
  • 6 local businesses offering great deals
  • 5 great vendors to welcome guests 
  • 4 amazing volunteers
  • 3 exciting activities hosted along the greenway
  • 2 supportive neighborhood-based organizations engaged
  • 1 incredible evening celebrating walking as a form of sustainable transportation! 

Many thanks to all our participating businesses and KeenDog TrainingWallace Pruitt Recreation Center and the City of Charlotte's Can Do Signs project for hosting some great activities along the route! And special thanks to Technekes for sponsoring our water station at Recover Brands!

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Photo: Participants enjoyed exploring the Stewart Creek Greenway and participating in fun activities along the way!


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 BrandsBlue Blaze BrewingLivable Meck and RootsRated Media.


You don't want to miss our June 14th Monthly Mixer featuring Urban Land Institute (ULI) Charlotte  

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

Join us at Free Range Brewing at 6pm for some casual networking. Then enjoy a great presentation at 6:45pm from the ULI Urban Ideas Competition's winning team, BSB Design!

At 7:15, 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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What's your favorite way to travel? Take the Clean Commute Challenge for a chance to win!

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The Air Awareness Clean Commute Challenge is Way2Go CLT's BIGGEST CHALLENGE YET! Co-hosted by Sustain Charlotte, CATS and Charlotte Air Awareness, this challenge will have tons of great prizes and runs June 1 - July 31

Simply log 10 clean commute roundtrips (carpool/vanpool, transit, bike, walk, or telecommute) for a chance to win a Kindle Voyage, Fitbit Blaze and more!

Haven't registered? Click here! NOTE: If you've already registered for Way2Go CLT, you're already entered into this challenge!


* A BIG congratulations to our May Way2Go CLT team leaders and prize winners! *

Top participating companies in May:

1. Childress Klein
2. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
3. HDR

Top participating neighborhoods in May:

1. Sedgefield
2. Plaza Midwood
3. South End

Winners of our May prize drawing (will be contacted by email):

Timothy C. won a set of four Galaxy Highball Glasses ($50+ value) from Moxie Mercantile!    
Sophie S. won a $20 gift card for Coaltrane's Char Grill in the Epicentre!   
Dave C. $20 gift card to Birdsong Brewing (21+, ID required to claim)!   
Ruth T. won a CLT branded pint glass & cutting board from Green With Envy!
Randy Z. won a free Basil Roll from Basil Thai Cuisine + A Sustain Charlotte I 'Bike' CLT or I 'Heart' CLT'T-shirt!
Bret B. won a box of delicious locally made coffee from Potts Chocolate    
Santiago M. won a Sustain Charlotte t-shirt!
Mark D. won the GRAND PRIZE of two free tickets to the Charlotte Knights!
Dillon T. won the GRAND PRIZE of a Charlotte B-Cycle Annual Membership ($65 value)!  


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 one of these Sustain Charlotte T-shirts!


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Volunteer at our information table at the Belmont Annual Community Celebration!

This will be a fun block party hosted by the Belmont Community Association. Sustain Charlotte will have a booth at this event to provide information about our work and engage residents in a fun activity. This is a great opportunity to learn more about several great local organizations and initiatives!

WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 11:00am - 3:00pm (arrive at 10:30am for set up).

WHERE: Our booth will be near the intersection of Belmont and Allen Streets (a block from Little People's Park).

 *All volunteers will receive a free Sustain Charlotte t-shirt!*

Reply to this email or contact branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org if interested!


Help us distribute Way2Go CLT yard signs!

We need your help getting the word out about our Way2Go sustainable transportation challenge to ALL areas of Charlotte! 

Please let us know if you're available to put out yard signs whenever it's convenient for you. We will coordinate with you on where to place the signs (depending on where you live/work) and when to pick them up at our office (located in South End). 

Every little bit helps! Reply to this email or contact branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org if interested!


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Charlotte Roads Are a Threat to Public Safety [The Charlotte Observer]

"Last month’s death of a Charlotte woman in a head-on collision on Monroe Road highlights a significant public safety threat along many Charlotte thoroughfares where the density of development and traffic overwhelm outdated road design and traffic management." We no longer can afford to have them serve as only a way to move the largest number of cars at the highest possible speed. As population growth and traffic congestion increase in Charlotte, it's time to take a hard look at the design of roads, and whether they're meeting the needs of all people. Then we need to be courageous enough to make some changes.


Follow the Cross Charlotte Trail Across this Map [PlanCharlotte]

"The 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail through Mecklenburg County and Charlotte, when finished, will offer a transportation corridor that will allow users to bicycle or walk from one end of the county to the other, connecting spots such as Pineville, Freedom Park, Uptown, NoDa, Hidden Valley and UNC Charlotte." Check out the interactive map for details and to see its planned route!


Eight Cities Rolling Out Streetcar Projects [Planetizen]

"After a hiatus of many decades, streetcars are experiencing a resurgence, and not just in the Pacific Northwest. Jon Banister writes, 'Streetcars, often slow-moving trollies that share lanes with traffic, are more about spurring development in new parts of the city than providing the fastest transportation option.' Eight more cities are aiming to break ground by 2020, with some lines set for completion well before then." We’re excited that construction is moving along for Phase 2 of the CityLYNX Gold Line, which extends the current streetcar segment by 2.5 miles on the east and west ends of the line, adds 11 stops, and replaces the current vintage trolleys with modern streetcar vehicles with hybrid technology!


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* June 14: Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking at the Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer and 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. 

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August 12: It's never too early to Learn to Ride a two-wheeler, or help others learn by volunteering. 


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We're happy to announce that Wooden Robot Brewery has renewed their membership in the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold level!
 We're 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

The Center for Intentional Leadership - Free Range Brewing - Scalable Consulting - Shook Kelley - TreeCycle America

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 - Wooden Robot Brewery


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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