November 9 Weekly Brief!

Charlotte voters overwhelmingly approved three bond referenda Tuesday, clearing the way for the city to invest nearly $219 million in transportation, affordable housing and neighborhood improvements!

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The nearly $219 million in bonds on Tuesday’s ballot include money for a pedestrian and bike trail across Charlotte. -The Charlotte Observer

Learn more about the projects included in the bond referenda here!


After battling the crowds and getting amazing deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, wouldn’t it feel great to DO GOOD right here in Charlotte? Here’s your chance!

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Giving Tuesday, coming up on Nov. 29, is a global day dedicated to giving. In Charlotte, we’re celebrating #GivingTuesdayCLT from Nov. 15-29 with more than 170 other local nonprofits! 

Our goal is to raise $7,500 on Giving Tuesday in support of our work and mission to inspire choices that lead to a healthy, equitable and vibrant Charlotte community for generations to come.

This is our largest Giving Tuesday goal yet! Are you ready to help us make history?

Stay tuned for more details about our campaign launch next week! Click here to learn more about #GivingTuesdayCLT.


Don't miss our November Monthly Mixer TONIGHT!

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Join us at Free Range Brewing from 6:00pm - 7:30pm for networking and a great presentation by our Gold Partner, The Center for Intentional Leadership

You'll also hear from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) about how they're planning to re-design the bus network over the coming year!

Plus, we'll be announcing our special December event!

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We were thrilled to be able to host Marcela Falquez from Barranquilla, Colombia for the past month via the US State Department's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative!

Marcela is a dynamic social entrepreneur creating positive changes in her country and we can't wait to see what she accomplishes next. We've learned so much from her and enjoyed this cultural exchange tremendously! Many thanks to International House for their support and leadership!


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The deadline to apply for our Bicycle Program Manager Position is Nov. 14!


We are currently seeking an experienced, effective community organizer with a passion and talent for creating alliances and partnerships to grow the use of bicycles for transportation throughout Greater Charlotte!

Click here to learn more and apply! 


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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)!*

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Attend the Farmers, Markets, and Food System Stakeholder Meeting!

The Farmers Market Analysis Team, comprised of City and County staff, will be conducting a stakeholder meeting to gather input from members of the local and regional food community.

December 7, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., @ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (400 E. 4th St.), room 267.

Stakeholders will include regional farmers, local market managers, chefs, distributors, community members working on food security and access, and others who work in the food system. Their input will help inform short and long term actions the City can take to support the local food system!

For more info, contact: Tom Warshauer, 704-336-4522, twarshauer@charlottenc.gov


Help Improve the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)'s Public Engagement Strategies! 

Click here to take a quick survey to tell them what works best for YOU! 

More info: CRTPO works with the State and municipalities in Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties to develop future long-range transportation plans and programs. During this process, CRTPO solicits citizen input in the transportation planning process to find out what the public values and wants.


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Residents Get Proactive in the Fight Against Gentrification on the West Side [Creative Loafing Charlotte]

"As urban sprawl has fixed its eyes upon the historic black neighborhoods of west Charlotte, planners have come out of the woodwork with ideas about how to make this part of town shine brighter, but many long-time residents worry that not enough is being done to preserve the history of the West End and make sure residents aren't pushed out by overzealous home-buying companies or skyrocketing property taxes." West Charlotte residents are trying to avoid displacement as property values rise. This insightful article discusses the pressures they're facing and innovative solutions they're exploring!


5 Quick Ways to Help Ease Charlotte’s Drought Issue at Home [CharlotteFive]

"As expected, the City of Charlotte called for voluntary water restrictions Tuesday. 'Dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol' This is the second of five drought stages and incites recommendations of voluntary water conservation, plus operational adjustments by Duke Energy. It's been a dry fall here in Charlotte! Here are some simple ways you can conserve water.


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* 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, our program will begin and you'll hear from our Gold Partner, The Center for Intentional Leadership! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed.

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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 learn more.


December 11: An Eye for an IPA Event

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

Stop by Tiple 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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