August 3 Weekly Brief!

Last night we presented our petition signed by over 2,000 of YOU to the County Commission asking them to fully fund the 13 park and greenway projects that voters approved in 2008!  

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Sustain Charlotte's Meg Fencil presenting our petition to the County Commission asking them to fully fund park and greenway projects that voters approved in 2008!

And they agreed to full funding! Yet until just a few days ago, none of these projects were in the county's capital budget for the next five years!

This was a BIG win for Sustain Charlotte, current and future residents of Meck County, and most importantly perhaps -- the power of informed and engaged citizens!  

Last night is a reminder that when WE come together and speak up for the future we want we can make a difference! 

Read more at our blog.


NEXT WEDNESDAY: Don't miss this great opportunity to get informed and help shape the future of Charlotte! 

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Co-hosted by Sustain Charlotte and UNC Charlotte's Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS), The Mayoral Forum on Sustainability is YOUR chance to learn where our 2017 mayoral candidates stand on important sustainability issues!

Next Wednesday (8/9) you'll hear about each of our candidate's opinions and plans for the future of Charlotte, prompted by questions from INSS faculty and Sustain Charlotte staff. Then, you'll have the chance to ask YOUR questions!

All Charlotte mayoral candidates who have filed for the primary have been invited to participate. Currently, confirmed participants include:  Gary Dunn [R], incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts [D], Senator Joel Ford [D], and Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles [D].

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SAVE THE DATE! Biketoberfest returns this fall on October 22, 2017!

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Want to help make Biketoberfest a success?

Join our planning committee! Biketoberfest is sure to be even bigger and better than last year with your help. Committee responsibilities include soliciting raffle items and asking businesses along the route to host a stop. Commitment includes bi-weekly meetings (meetings are approximately one hour long) starting the week of August 21st up until the event. For more information and/or if you are interested in becoming a committee member, please e-mail laura.heiser@sustaincharlotte.org.  


Did you make it to #WalkCLT in June or are you curious what it's all about? Watch this video and be inspired to join us for the next one in June of 2018!

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The impact of #WalkCLT was HUGE! Special thanks to our event partners who helped bring this event to fruition from beginning to end: OrthoCarolina#thesavagewayRecover BrandsRootsRated LabsBlue Blaze Brewing and Livable Meck!

There are still three months left of the Way2Go CLT challenge to drive one million fewer miles alone in 2017! We need YOUR help to reach this goal!

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On August 1, we began a new month-long challenge, which means new chances to WIN! Check out the fantastic August prizes you could win by simply logging 10 trips you take biking, walking, carpooling, riding transit, or telecommuting: 

** GRAND PRIZES**

“Nooka” Mercury Style retail Sun Glasses ($200 value) from SCORE 

4-Pack of Tickets to Sustain Charlotte's Biketoberfest ($100 value)

Secondary Prizes: 

Set of two CLT branded stemless wine glasses from Green With Envy

A box of delicious locally made chocolate from Potts Chocolate (2)

Gift certificate for a dozen Duck Donuts

$20 gift card for Coaltrane's Char Grill in the Epicentre

$15 gift certificate + Thermo Mug from Port City Java

Basil Roll from Basil Thai Cuisine + A Sustain Charlotte T-shirt

It's not too late to join in on the fun! Learn more and register today


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Volunteer with us at the Hummingbird Festival on August 19! 

Both educational and inspiring, this festival offers numerous activities from informative exhibits, banding demonstrations, musical entertainment, to children’s storytelling.

WHEN: Saturday, August 19. Volunteer shifts: 8:30am - 12:00pm AND/OR 11:30am - 3pm. (Event takes place from 9am - 3pm.)
WHERE: Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215.

We're in need of two volunteers to pass out information about our work at this event. Reply to this email if interested! 


Attend CDOT's drop-in meeting on West Boulevard!

Our efforts and the work of the Equitable Transportation Team has led to significant short-term and mid-term recommendations from the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)! Please join us and West Boulevard area residents as CDOT hosts a drop-in public meeting. 

WHEN: Tuesday, August 8th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm 
WHERE: West Blvd Library, 2157 West Blvd, Charlotte 28208. 

Everyone is welcome! Even if you don't work or live in the West Blvd area, please come and check out this amazing example of how neighborhood-based partnerships are moving a community forward in a major way!


Voice your opinions about health issues in the community!

The 2017 Community Health Assessment is now in process.  Information gathered from the survey will be used to learn more about health needs in Mecklenburg County.  Take the survey now! (Takes 5 minutes or less.)


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On-Campus Bike Share Arrives at UNC Charlotte [PlanCharlotte]

"Bike sharing has arrived at UNC Charlotte. The program launched July 31 with 100 bikes and 10 hubs for the bikes. The UNC Charlotte bike share program, Charlotte Wheels, is run by Gotcha Bike. The Gotcha Bike app lets users reserve and return the bikes using their smartphone or their computer." We can't wait to see more people on bikes around UNCC's main campus! 


Can Fast-Growing South End Get Away from Cookie-Cutter Apartments and Big Parking Decks? [The Charlotte Observer]

"Beneath the boom, there are rumblings of discontent if you talk to some residents, urban planners and architects. Many of the new apartments look similar, and follow the same blueprint: Beige, five-story, city block-long boxes, with big, boring parking garages facing the sidewalk." Well-planned dense development helps urban communities accommodate population growth sustainably. But if we want a more a walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly environment, we need to develop at a human scale.


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* August 9: Mayoral Forum hosted by Sustain Charlotte + UNC Charlotte's Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS): In lieu of our traditional Monthly Mixer in August, we will be co-hosting a mayoral forum focused on sustainability issues in Charlotte! 

Join us from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m to learn where our 2017 mayoral candidates stand on important issues shaping the future of Charlotte. You'll hear the mayoral candidates' opinions and plans for the city, prompted by questions from INSS faculty and Sustain Charlotte staff. Then, you'll have the chance to ask YOUR questions! 

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August 9 (am): Please join Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and an esteemed panel for Digi.City Connects, an exploration of Charlotte's smart city technology and a discussion of how governments, industry, and communities can collaborate to expand the benefits of 21st century technology.


August 6: Join us at Front Porch Sundays! We'll be leading two beginner friendly Sunday South End Spin bike rides (12pm and 2pm). Plus, you can check out the many local vendors from 1-5pm! 


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


August 19: The 10th Annual Hummingbird Festival will celebrate the migration of hummingbirds through the area and nature itself.  Both educational and inspiring, the festival attracts over 1,500 attendees and offers numerous activities from informative exhibits, banding demonstrations, musical entertainment, to children’s storytelling. 


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We're happy to announce that Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold level! 

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The CHS office of Environmental Sustainability Solutions (ES2) provides strategies, resources, and education for teammates across CHS to engage in sustainability through professional and personal actions at work.


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 - ROOTS Catering 
Scalable Consulting - Shook Kelley - TreeCycle America - Whole Foods Market

GOLD

 Abundant Power Group, LLC - Alta Planning + Design - Boingo Graphics - Carolinas HealthCare System - 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 - Prosperity Chiropractic - Queen City Bicycles - Renewable Energy Transition Initiative - SAROS Desalination - Studio Cellar - STV Engineers, Inc. - TC Lifestyle Fitness - UNC Charlotte - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

 


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