November 29 Weekly Brief!

Today is Giving Tuesday, which means we have less than 24 hours to reach our goal! Will you help us get there? 

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Only 25 cars are left in the traffic jam! Donate today and help us remove the rest!
(For every $150 we raise, one car will be removed from the road and the driver will take a seat on the bus.)

Our goal is to raise $7,500 by midnight tonight! So far, we've raised $3,510 thanks to our generous donors. Please consider a donation of just $25 or more today to help us raise the remaining $3,990! 

Your donation for GivingTuesdayCLT will support the important work we do every day to make it safer and easier to get around Charlotte without a car and help more Charlotteans access economic opportunities!

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Donating time and goods will contribute to our goal, too! Visit givingtuesdayclt.org to pledge volunteer hours or give a gift via our Amazon wish list that will directly support our events and initiatives! 

Please also forward this email to your friends, family, and colleagues who share your passion to support a healthy, equitable, and more vibrant Charlotte community!

Already a Sustaining Member? Please consider an additional gift today just for Giving Tuesday to help us reach our goal!

Many thanks to our generous donors for your recent donations in support of our mission! 


We have an exciting iBikeCLT update!

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The Uptown Connects Study is analyzing options for protected bike lane locations.

You've spoken up for safer bicycle facilities in Charlotte, and your voice is making a difference! More than 4,000 area residents have signed either our paper or online #iBikeCLT petition that called for City Council to approve construction of an Uptown protected bike lane connecting Little Sugar Creek and Irwin Creek Greenways in 2016. 

In July, we presented this petition to Charlotte City Council. And at the November 14 City Council Transportation and Planning Committee (TAP) meeting, we heard an update from CDOT on the Uptown Urban Trails Connection Study, which is analyzing options for protected bike lane locations. 

At this meeting, we were thrilled to learn that Charlotteans who attended an Uptown Connects workshop in September overwhelmingly want to see protected bike lanes in Uptown

This means that because YOU spoke up via the #iBikeCLT petition, the city is moving forward with plans to build a protected bike lane Uptown!

Click here to learn about next steps and challenges on our blog!



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Attend a community workshop on Charlotte's new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)!

The City of Charlotte is updating our land use policies and development ordinances. This comprehensive effort - Charlotte Place Types & Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) - will shape the future growth of our city. 

Come lend your voice and learn more about these efforts by joining one of the upcoming workshop discussions. Each workshop is the same; simply choose the one that is most convenient for you.

Click here to view workshop times and to register!


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Why Protected Bike Lanes Save Lives [City Lab]

"The transformative virtues of protected bike lanes have been the focus of much research lately. A 2014 study from Portland State University determined that segregated bike paths are not only demonstrably safer for riders, they have the power to lure lapsed riders back aboard their bikes. And in a new paper in the American Journal of Public Health, 'Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure,' the authors John Pucher and Ralph Buehler demonstrate that those cities that have invested heavily in fully protected bike paths over the last decade or so have reaped the biggest safety improvements and ridership boosts." It's time for Charlotte to invest in the protected bike infrastructure that's reducing accident rates and increasing ridership!


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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 event. We'll enjoy local brew and celebrate our many accomplishments this year that were made possible thanks to YOUR support! This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. We will also be raffling off a set of Sustain Charlotte cornhole boards, so don't miss out! 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!


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.


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


BRONZE


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