July 13 Weekly Brief!

Don't miss our July Monthly Mixer TONIGHT from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Free Range Brewing

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At 6:30, you'll get to see a protected bike lane design proposal for Uptown, followed by exciting news regarding our #ibikeCLT campaign! 

At 6:45 we'll draw for the raffle and one lucky attendee will get to bring home a custom Sustain Charlotte cornhole set! Raffle tickets are just $5 for 1, $10 for 3 or $20 for 7! *Cash or card welcome, must be present to win.

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Invite your friends on Facebook!


Need_Doesnt_Get_a_Vacation.png#summershareCLT kicked off this week! Help us send need on a vacation this summer by donating some of the items we need RIGHT NOW.

Click here to check out our Amazon Wish List and get started! 

Our most needed items this summer are a projector and video stabilizer. Shop now and you’ll be helping us more effectively engage and educate the public through engaging presentations and videos! 

Encourage your neighbors, friends and family to participate in #summershareCLT with you, too!

Forward this email to others and use: #summershareCLT in social media to show others how they can be a part of this. Please share this today, and help spread the word!

*SummerSHARE is a two-week campaign (July 11-22) that is meant to inspire our community to give much-needed products to local nonprofits this summer.


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Local leaders are putting together a kids summer bike camp from the ground up and we had the opportunity to be a part of their program a few weeks ago! 

Bethanie Johnson and Charlotte Cadieux are working to make sure our city is full of people on bicycles by teaching the younger generation how to navigate their neighborhoods and local streets. 

Our bicycle program director, Jordan Moore, recently helped lead one portion of the camp ride.  The kids did great, navigating Uptown like seasoned champs, listening and staying in formation.  "The most beautiful part was the looks on the faces of drivers going by.  They actually slowed down and smiled," Jordan said.  

The group then came by our office for a brief tour to learn about what a non-profit does to help make its city more bike friendly! 


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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!
 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!

* On Monday, July 25, we will be presenting this petition to Charlotte City Council! * 

Please join us for this important step forward for our campaign! 

When: 7/25, 5-7:00pm
Where: Charlotte Government Center, 600 E 4th Street, first floor Council Chamber.

I_bike_logo.jpg1,536 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 1,100 have signed offline! 

Add your name and join the 2,550 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?


Are you interested in starting a neighborhood group bicycle ride and need support? 

Great news! Through the kind support of the Knight Foundation, Charlotte B-cycle is seeking to partner with local groups and individuals to implement on-going, family-friendly bicycle rides throughout Charlotte. 

- Do you have a fun and creative idea for a group ride? 
- Do you host an existing ride that needs additional support? 
- Have you always wanted to bring community residents together for a ride but don't know where to start? 
- Don't want to start a ride but would love to join someone else's? 

QCJoyrides is available to support you through the entire process. Visit QCJoyrides.com to learn more or to submit an application. Additional information is also available by e-mailing hello@qcjoyrides.com or at 704-332-9585. 


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

This week, in honor of the Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics competition, they're giving away four jump passes courtesy of DefyGravity Charlotte. Log at least one clean commute this week for your entry in the weekly prize drawing!

Keep logging your clean commutes through August 5 for chances to win each week AND be entered in the grand prize drawing for a 55-inch UHD TV. 

We are a proud community partner of this challenge!


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In 2016, Housing Remains Out of Reach for Many [Plan Charlotte]

"For workers in Mecklenburg County, it has become even harder to afford housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s latest Out of Reach report...The report found that in the Mecklenburg County metropolitan area, a worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour must work 92 hours a week (or an average of 15 hours a day, six days a week) to afford the rent and utilities for a basic two-bedroom apartment." It's time for solutions to housing affordability if we're going to remain a welcoming city for all!


How Expensive Cities Hurt Workers [CityLab]

"We all know how expensive housing can be in cities such as New York, L.A., San Francisco, or Washington, D.C. But to what extent do those high prices eat away at the wages of workers in those cities? What kinds of workers and residents are hit harder that others? A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics helps us better understand the real wages and living standards of workers and families across America’s metros." The Charlotte metro area ranks in the top 10 nationally for purchasing power of moderate to upper-tier earners, but not for service workers. We need sustainable solutions to address our gaps in social equity (especially housing affordability) and our poor upward social mobility for children born into poverty!


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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!


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

10:00am – 1:00pm @ Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115. The 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.


July 27: Young Professional Multi-Group Mixer

6:00 - 8:00pm @ The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC 28206. It’s your opportunity to meet and mingle with other community leaders like yourself, and to gather information about young professional groups in Charlotte.   Tickets are just $10 and include one signature Tito’s vodka drink, appetizers, one ticket to any tribute band concert at The Fillmore, a swag bag, plus the chance to participate in some great giveaways. We will have a booth at this event, so we hope to see you there! Click here to purchase tickets now.


August 6: FREE Learn to Ride Event

11:00am - 1:00pm @ Waddell Language Academy outdoor track, 7030 Nations Ford Road, CLT 28217. It’s never too early (or too late!) to learn to ride a two-wheeler! Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can Learn to Ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a skill that will last a lifetime! Learn to Ride is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer series of events to grow Charlotte’s cycling community one new cyclist at a time. Parents should bring their kids, their kids’ bikes and helmets. Click here to learn more.


September 20: The Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study Public Input Session

4:00 - 7:00pm @ 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 Sept 20th and let your voice be heard in support of safe, connected, world-class bicycle infrastructure! Click here to learn more.


September 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. Enjoy 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.


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We're proud to announce that Interstate All Battery Center - Charlotte has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! 

We are proud to have their support of our mission and your community!

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Per their website, Interstate All Battery Center has "a special commitment to responsible and safe battery handling practices."


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


BRONZE


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