August 10 Weekly Brief!

Are you interested in learning more about urban housing in our community? Want to win two tickets to Biketoberfest 2016? 

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


Rendering from Mint, by Clark Nexsen (Winner of Honor Award). See more at our Mixer!

At 6:30, you'll hear from a special guest speaker of American Institute of Architecture, Charlotte (AIA) who will feature their Urban Housing Competition awards winners and give a brief presentation on urban housing in our community!

**Register for Biketoberfest 2016 at the event and receive 20% off your ticket!**

We will raffle off a pair of Biketoberfest tickets at the event! These tickets include 2 event t-shirts -- a $50 value! Enter the raffle for just $3 (or $5 for 3 tickets)!


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YWCA summer campers learned about recycling and water use! 
(Photo credit: Cabir Kansupada; Children's faces blurred for privacy.)

We recently partnered with YWCA summer campers to teach them how to make sustainable choices at home!

At Sustain Charlotte, we firmly believe that youth aren't just our future leaders. They can also be our present day leaders. That's why we partner with organizations like the YWCA to empower youth with the knowledge to make a difference in their families, schools, and neighborhoods.

Click here to learn more about what we learned and the impact we had a recent workshop!


Our Bicycle Program Director Jordan Moore was featured on Charlotte Talks back on March 29 to talk about how we can make Charlotte a bicycle-friendly city. 

On August 8, it was re-broadcast along with an update on our #ibikeCLT campaignClick here to listen!

Biketoberfest 2016 is right around the corner! Don't wait, get your tickets now!

For just $10 ($25 includes an event t-shirt), you can participate in this unique, family-friendly event that highlights the excitement and ease of exploring our beautiful community on bike! 

This event is for all ages and abilities, plus, there's no charge for anyone under age 18 (who registers with an adult)!

Not familiar with this event? Click here to read about our first annual Biketoberfest!

We're happy to announce that Rhino Market & Deli and Moore & Van Allen will be supporting our second annual Biketoberfest as Silver Sponsors! We're proud to have their support of this event and our community! 

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!

*Membership at the $5/month level includes a free Sustain Charlotte T-shirt (made of 100% recycled material by our Gold Partner Recover)!*


This Saturday: Buy an eggplant to support Sustain Charlotte!

A donation to Sustain Charlotte will be made for every eggplant sold from The Farm at Dover Vineyards stand at Plaza Midwood Farmers Market this Saturday, August 13! The market is held at 2007 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte. It's open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Sustain Charlotte table to learn more about our work. Here are some creative eggplant recipes to whet your appetite!

Attend the next Brooklyn Village Town Hall meetings! 

Join BK Partners for the next set of community meetings where they will cover the topic of History, Cultural Programming & Other Design Elements as part of the community engagement process for the redevelopment of Brooklyn Village in Uptown Charlotte: ​

Monday August 15 at 6 p.m. 
​​Tuesday, August 16 at 11:30 a.m. 

Location (for both workshops): Beatties Ford Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, North Carolina 28216 

Click here to learn more.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) without having to travel to meeting sites!  

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is conducting a webinar about its Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP): 

Thursday, August 18 @ 2:00 pm. 

Join the Meeting: Join the Conference Call: 704-432-5483.

Submit a nomination and attend the Neighborhood Exchange & Leadership Awards!

This free event is for neighborhood leaders and stakeholders like you to:

  • Network and share innovative ideas with your neighbors across Charlotte-Mecklenburg
  • Participate in workshops and panel discussions about issues that matter most to your community
  • Celebrate community leaders and organizations that do great work in Charlotte neighborhoods

Attendees will include elected officials, community leaders and staff from local government agencies and nonprofits. In addition to lively conversations and workshops, the event will also feature information tables and exhibits.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 8a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Click here to learn more.


Two apartment buildings have been demolished to create a nature reserve near Elizabeth [Charlotte Agenda]

"Instead of tearing down nature to create apartments, the city of Charlotte is doing exactly the opposite. 300 apartment units — including all of the former Cavalier community and half of the Doral complex — just off of Monroe Road have been torn down to avoid flood damage and make way for a nature reserve." Talk about sustainable re-use of a flood plain! We're excited about this project that will control storm water, provide valuable wildlife habitat and the opportunity to educate the next generation about environmental sustainability!

How biking can actually make you happier [The Washington Post]

"In 2014, researchers Eric Morris of Clemson University and Erick Guerra of the University of Pennsylvania published a study on how different modes of transport affect the way we feel. Using data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they found that cyclists are the happiest commuters of all, ahead of car passengers, car drivers, and public transit users." Not convinced? Ride your bike to a destination near you and feel the difference!


* TONIGHT: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer * 

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 guest speaker of AIA Charlotte who will feature AIA’s Urban Housing Competition awards winners and give a brief presentation on urban housing in our community! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.

* SEPTEMBER 14: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer * 

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 Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner Alta Planning + Design who will tell you about their sustainability efforts! You'll also hear how Pop Up Produce is bringing fresh food to Charlotte neighborhoods. There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.

* TICKETS NOW ON SALE! - October 15: Sustain Charlotte's Second Annual Biketoberfest *

Sustain Charlotte will host this highly anticipated event on Saturday, October 15th, 12-5pm 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! Tickets are only $25 with an awesome event t-shirt included (or $10 without a t-shirt). Kids under 18 are free. Click here to learn more.

August 14: The NC Native Plant Society Screening of Hometown Habitat

2:00pm - 4:00pm @ UNCC Cameron Hall, Room 101, 9010 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Hometown Habitat, stories of Bringing Nature Home is a documentary, produced by The Meadow Project, that shows how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Botanical Garden meadow at the Mellichamp Native Terrace after the movie. Free and open to public. RSVP required: Further details at

August 27: Eating to Support Personal Sustainability 

11:00am-12:00pm @ Dupp & Swatt, 2424 North Davidson, Suite 112B, CLT 28205. Join Taylor Calamese of TC Lifestyle Fitness (a Sustain Charlotte Bronze Partner!) to learn how to make healthy eating apart of your life! This workshop will teach you the basics of nutrition, the economic and social relationship of food, sustainability of local farming and the best foods to grow at home. Entry fee is $15 and includes a start up "garden kit". Click here to register.

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.


We're proud to announce that STV Engineers, Inc. has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! STV is a leading, award-winning professional firm offering engineering, architectural, planning, environmental and construction management services. We are proud to have their support of our mission and your community!

We also thank the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association and Domtar for renewing their membership in the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network and are grateful for their continued support!



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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