September 1 Weekly Brief!

How much do you really know about the products you use every day?


Domtar developed a user-friendly transparency tool called The Paper Trail.  

"If I asked you what the environmental impacts were of your latest purchase – whether it was the salad you had for lunch, the smartphone in your pocket or the notebook you jot notes in, would you know?

What about the more far-reaching impacts, such as where the item came from, who was involved in its creation and the conditions you’re effectively supporting by purchasing it?"

In this recent blog post, Dan Persica, Sustainability Communications Manager at Domtar, invites you to explore the full story of sustainability that lies behind the products we use everyday. 

Click here to learn how Domtar, a Rock Hill-based company and Sustain Charlotte Bronze Partner, is responsibly crafting products and educating customers about sustainability by being fully transparent about the products they use and the practices of the company behind them!

This NCDOT map shows the locations of all reported crashes involving bicycles (pink dots) and pedestrians (green dots) between 2007 and 2013 in and around Uptown Charlotte.  

This data makes it clear: we need to make our streets safer for people on foot or bike. A network of protected bike lanes will help do this!  To see how many crashes have been reported in other parts of Charlotte and NC, click here.

YOU can help change this. Click here to find out how!

Join us for our next Monthly Mixer: Wednesday, September 14, from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Free Range Brewing

Our program this month features Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner Alta Planning + Design who will tell you about how they utilize design and planning to create more sustainable communities. 

You'll also hear from Sustain Charlotte Community Corps volunteer Amanda Zullo who will talk about how her initiative Pop Up Produce is bringing fresh food to Charlotte neighborhoods! 


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We're seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant (AA) to help us make the Charlotte region a better place to live for current and future generations. 

We have a team culture that is invested in making a difference! Click below to learn more, share and apply. (Deadline to apply is 9/7/2016)


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 be the change and become a sustaining member today!

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



Tell your state representative how important bicycling is to you!

In partnership with and NC Bike Law, we created Vote4Bikes so that our state representatives would understand how important bicycling is to so many of us and to educate voters about candidates’ positions on issues important to us. 

If the many thousands of people who enjoy riding in this state use this site to aid their election choices, we will make a difference! Click here to see your candidates' views on bicycling!

Take the Charlotte Gateway Station Survey!

You’re invited to participate in a quick online survey regarding station area concepts for the future Charlotte Gateway Station (CGS)!

The CGS will be a comprehensive multi-modal transportation facility in vibrant uptown Charlotte at the intersection of West Trade and Graham Streets. 

Your input will help to identify and refine a single preferred vision for the Gateway Station area. Click here to take the survey now before the deadline of September 9th!

Attend a Brooklyn Village development community meeting!

This is your chance to let the developers know your thoughts on affordable housing and public open space for this development in Second Ward!

Monday @ 6pm or Tuesday @ 11:30am at Little Rock AME Zion Church Fellowship Hall, 401 N. McDowell St.

Click here to learn more.

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

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

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.  The deadline for both workshop registration and award nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.

Click here
 to nominate and learn more.

Get a group together and participate in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's!

Join us on Saturday, September 24 for this important community event and show your support for walking -- both for personal and community health!

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 

This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions!

We are a proud sponsor of this event and we'll be on site with a booth that morning. You can support this cause be registering as an individual or a team. Click here to register!


The City of Charlotte Is Asking For Resident’s Opinions About Uptown Bike Lanes and Greenway Connectors [Charlotte Stories]

"Charlotte’s Department of Transportation recently launched a new study they’re calling “Uptown Connects,” to examine how they link up parks and greenways to make it as easy as possible for non-motorized commuting all around the center city region...One of the major goals of the study is to determine if the city should install dedicated bike lanes on one or more streets in Uptown." Click here to give your input now and show your support for a protected bike lane in Uptown Charlotte! #ibikeCLT

Speeding Suburbanization South of Charlotte – What's a Planner to Do? [PlanCharlotte]

"Although Charlotte is rapidly growing, the area just south of the city is growing even faster. From 2000 to 2014, Charlotte’s population grew 43 percent while that of unincorporated Indian Land more than tripled...PlanCharlotte’s Mary Newsom recently talked with Lancaster County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis, who grew up in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte, about planning in Lancaster County. Like many local governments, the county is updating its zoning ordinances." We're encouraged that Lancaster County, SC is working toward more sustainable land use through updating their zoning ordinance that supports more mixed-use development, however, it's important that this zoning ordinance also supports multi-modal transportation to reduce auto-dependence.  


* SEPTEMBER 9: Speak up for Bicycles + Karaoke Party at The Spoke Easy * 

5:00pm @ The Spoke Easy, 1523 Elizabeth Ave, Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 28204. Join us for drink specials, karaoke, prizes and the opportunity to speak up for the need for safe infrastructure for bicyclists in Charlotte! This will also be an important opportunity to plan a strategy for the September 20th City Council Meeting (see info below). 

* 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 from Jason Alexander, owner of Free Range Brewing, who will talk about their sustainable business model. SCCC volunteer Amanda Zullo will talk about how her initiative Pop Up Produce is bringing fresh food to Charlotte neighborhoods! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. 


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

12:00pm - 5:00pm with after party to follow. Sustain Charlotte will host this highly anticipated event 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. Check-in at Triple C Brewing opens at 11am.


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.


We're proud to announce that Epic Capital Wealth Management has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold level and Barrett G. Moore, DDS, PA & Associates has joined at the Bronze level! 

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

We also thank S&D Coffee & Tea 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!



Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America


#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - The Center for Intentional Leadership - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - Epic Capital Wealth Management - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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