November 15 Weekly Brief!

Our GivingTuesdayCLT campaign starts today and we need YOUR help to make it a success!

Giving Tuesday in on November 29th, which means we only have two weeks to reach our goal of raising $7,500 to support the work we do everyday to make it safer and easier to get around Charlotte without a car and help more Charlotteans access economic opportunities!

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For every $150 we raise, one car will be removed from the road and the driver will take a seat on the bus!

Do you share our vision of a Charlotte community where everyone, regardless of income, has the opportunity to safely and conveniently access jobs, education, and healthy food? 

In a rapidly growing city such as ours (44 new people move to Charlotte every day!), it is critical that all members of our community are connected to opportunity. This will only be achieved by building a network of safe bike lanes and sidewalks, and a more convenient and accessible public transit system.

We've been working hard every day to educate, engage, and unite Charlotte area residents and local leaders to address transportation as a local sustainability issue. 

Through our transportation advocacy work, including the launch of our #iBikeCLT campaign this year, we're moving our city towards a more sustainable and equitable transportation network, but we can't do it without you!

As a community-based charitable non-profit, we depend on the financial support of local residents like you to continue our important work in the community.

Please donate TODAY and show your support for a healthy, equitable, and connected community! Your donation today will be DOUBLED thanks to a $1,000 matching gift from OrthoCarolina

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Many Charlotte bus stops, like this one on S. Tryon, lack sidewalk access, shelter, and seating.

Think you have the most unwalkable bus stop in Charlotte? 

Does your neighborhood have bus stops without sidewalks, crosswalks, shelter, or benches? Share your photos and stories of unwalkable bus stops so we can take a closer look and bring them to the attention of city staff and elected officials. 

Thanks to a grant from TransitCenter, we're shining a light on area bus stops that could use a little (or a lot) of love and walkability improvements. We'll share your stories and photos on social media, in our newsletter, and on our website. Visit our project page to get involved!

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Larry Kopf, who is leading the CATS bus network re-design, spoke and gathered survey input at our Monthly Mixer!

Good news! Improvements are coming to the Charlotte area bus network!

Charlotte's transit riders are about to hear about a major effort that holds the potential to revolutionize their daily travel experience!

CATS' Envision My Ride initiative will gather public input as the transit agency begins a major re-design of the bus network. Over the coming months, CATS will apply state of the art planning and best practices from cities like Seattle and Houston to create a superior transit network that will meet the needs of our growing population.

Click here to read more about how a more efficient and effective bus network will make it easier for YOU to ride the bus!


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Jon Davis spoke about how effective organizations support great leaders through sustainable business practices.

How does great leadership happen?

At our Monthly Mixer last week, we were joined by Jon Davis of the Center for Intentional Leadership, who gave a fantastic presentation on leadership. 

In a message that resonated deeply with attendees, Jon spoke about the importance of self care for leaders to avoid burnout. Organizations can support their leaders by nurturing the whole individual, rather than focusing solely on how many hours that person is in the office. 

Click here to read our blog to learn the simple ways you can achieve this in your workplace!


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Volunteer with us at the Charlotte Christmas Village this December! 

Romare Bearden Park will transform into a German-inspired Christmas market this holiday season! There will be vendors in wooden huts, dance and choral performances, specialty foods and, of course, glühwein, a spiced wine served hot. Plus, you’ll get to shop for traditional handmade crafts and gifts!

We will have a booth set up at this event, and we are in need of several volunteers to assist in passing out information about our work! 

WHERE: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

WHEN: Saturday, December 17 from 1-5 and Sunday, December 18 from 1-4. 

Please click here to sign up for a 2-hour shift on one or both of these days! *All volunteers will receive a free Sustain Charlotte t-shirt!*


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* December 14: Sustain Charlotte Holiday Party + Mixer * 

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Free Range Brewing, 2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205. Don't miss this celebratory evening of community, camaraderie and cheer! Join us on Wednesday, December 14th, for this special eveny. We'll enjoy local brew and celebrate our many accomplishments this year that were possible thanks to YOUR support! This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming! 
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Note: In an effort to continue to sustain our events and programs (including our Monthly Mixers) into the new year, we're asking that all non-members donate just $5 to attend this event. Not a member? Join today for just $5/month or $60/year to attend all future mixers at no cost, plus receive other great benefits!


November 19: KeenDog Launch Party

5:00pm - 9:00pm @ Three Spirits Brewery, 5046 Old Pineville Rd, Charlotte 28217.

Join the KeenDog team to celebrate the official launch of the company and also give back to our community! Proceeds from the evening's event will be donated to Sustain Charlotte and Operation Sidekick! There will be food, drinks, desserts, live music, raffle, doggie demos and more! Please join us to show your support! (Note: they ask that you don't bring your dog to this event.) Click here to purchase your ticket ($5) and learn more.


December 6: Clean Air Carolina's Making Air Visible

6:00pm @ Central Piedmont Community College, 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204.

In North Carolina, most air pollution is invisible and it’s the invisible pollution that does the most damage to our health. Melissa Lunden, Chief Scientist at Aclima, a company using Google Earth vehicles to map street level air pollution, and Dan Costa of the EPA,will describe their exciting partnership to “make air visible” in order to reduce pollution. This is a free event with free parking and refreshments. Learn more and RSVP at cleanaircarolina.org.


December 11: An Eye for an IPA Event

1:00pm - 4:00pm @ Triple C Brewing Co.,  2900 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Stop by Triple C Brewing to try a new beer called an Eye for an IPA, plus enjoy a low country boil, band and raffle all in support of Terry Slifer who lost one of his eyes in a road bike wreck and was without insurance! 


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

Free Range Brewing - TreeCycle America - Wooden Robot Brewery

GOLD

#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 - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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