December 14 Weekly Brief

Tonight, we'll be celebrating our 2016 accomplishments and 2017 goals with good food, fun and festivities at our Holiday Party + Mixer! Will you join us?

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Join us at Free Range Brewing from 6-7:30pm to mix and mingle with fellow Sustain Charlotte supporters -- old and new alike! We'll enjoy local brew, complimentary eats from Whole Foods Market, a delicious dessert and an exciting raffle! 

All Sustain Charlotte members and anyone who becomes a member at tonight's event will have a chance to WIN Sustain Charlotte cornhole boards and a $25 gift card to Uno Alla Volta!

Don't miss out on this festive, family-friendly community event! Click below to register now and let us know you're coming. All are welcome!

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City Council to soon hear from the public on key transportation plans!

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Missing and inadequate sidewalks abound in Charlotte. (from p.13 of Charlotte WALKS plan)

Mark your calendar for the evening of Monday, January 23! That's when you'll have a chance to tell Charlotte City Council your thoughts on the updated draft Transportation Action Plan (TAP) and the first ever Charlotte WALKS pedestrian plan.

At their December 12 meeting, Council's Transportation and Planning committee voted unanimously to recommend the TAP and Charlotte WALKS to the full Council for public comment. This means YOU will be able to let your elected officials know that you support investment in Charlotte's future!

Click here to learn more on our blog!


We're seeking a communications intern for spring 2017!

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Are you looking or do you know someone who is looking for a Communications Internship? We're seeking a qualified intern to join our team for 10-20 hours per week January through May 2017!

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 healthy, equitable and vibrant community for generations to come!
 Click below to be the change and become a sustaining member today!

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Volunteer with us in our office this week! 

We are in need of several volunteers to help us prepare and package our end of year mailings!

WHEN: This Thursday, 12/15 from 1-2pm. 
WHERE: The Sustain Charlotte office, 135 Brevard Ct., Suite B in Uptown

Please reply to this email if you are interested!

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.

Upcoming workshop: Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. @ The Oasis Shrine Auditorium, 604 Doug Mayes Pl, Charlotte, NC 28262

Click here to register!


Take a survey to help the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) improve our bus system! 

Envision My Ride is a new initiative to redesign the current bus system in Charlotte. Through this initiative, CATS plans to study bus route structure and frequency to determine how to improve the system and better serve the Charlotte region. 

Over the next twelve months, CATS will conduct extensive public outreach to best understand what is most important to riders. CATS will use this feedback to develop a plan for route and service adjustments! 

Click here to provide feedback now! 


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Tips for Sustainable Giving [Eartheasy.com]

"Here are some ideas for giving without taking from the planet. It's the thought that counts and the personal touch makes any gift more meaningful and memorable. With a little planning, you can give more while spending less!" We encourage you to be creative with your gifts this season and gift the gift of sustainability! Click here to learn some great sustainable gift ideas.


CATS Wants a Rail Line to Airport. A $1.5 Million Study Will Determine the Best Way. [The Charlotte Observer]

"The Charlotte Area Transit System is continuing its ambitious plans for more rail lines, and expects to spend up to $1.5 million on a consultant to determine how and where it should build a line to serve west Charlotte and the airport... 'This is not just a study to put on the shelf,' [Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) CEO] Lewis said. 'My ultimate goal is I want to build these lines.' Charlotte needs to be investing in major transit expansion now to avoid congestion as 400,000 people move here in the next 25 years. We're optimistic we can build out our regional transit plan faster than expected!


Bike-share and Other Changes Arriving with Light Rail to UNCC [Plan Charlotte]

"Along with a new light rail station on the UNC Charlotte campus, the Blue Line Extension will mean transportation changes on- and off-campus – in parking patterns, bus routes and campus shuttles – and the debut of a bike-share program...Because UNC Charlotte was built in an era when virtually all development in the U.S. focused on cars, University City neighborhoods surrounding the campus lack strong pedestrian and bicycle amenities...But as the light rail line is being built, the city of Charlotte is adding or improving sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and adding bicycle lanes around the station areas." We're thrilled about these changes coming to UNC Charlotte that will mean easier access by transit and a more bikeable campus!


Matters of Life and Breath in Northwest Charlotte: Communities Unite for Air Quality Studies [The Charlotte Post]

"Northwest Charlotte has an air quality problem. Clean Air Carolina is collaborating with communities and larger organizations, such as Aclima and the Environmental Protection Agency, to monitor and improve air quality in vulnerable neighborhoods, especially those near major roadways. Northwest Charlotte is bordered by Interstate 85 and I-77." As this article points out, some Charlotte neighborhoods are suffering more than others from pollution caused by our car-dependent travel. We work hard every day to improve biking, walking and transit options for Charlotte so that ALL Charlotteans can breathe cleaner air and live in healthy, vibrant neighborhoods. 


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* TONIGHT: 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 tonight, December 14th, for this special event. We'll enjoy local brew, food, 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 17-18: Christmas Market

Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm @ Romare Bearden Park, 300 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Romare Bearden Park has transformed into a German-inspired Christmas market this holiday season! There are vendors, dance and choral performances, specialty foods and, of course, glühwein, a spiced wine served hot. Plus, there are lots of places to shop for traditional handmade crafts and gifts! We will have a booth set up at this Christmas Market on December 17th and 18th. We hope to see you there! Click here to learn more.


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Getting Ready for the Next Million: Charlotte Is Born Anew 

"There is Austin. There is Seattle. There is Denver. And now there is Charlotte. It is America’s new hot spot and darling city. The place to be. The new #1. The only such city in the South. The challenge now: stay on top and grow the lead. Here are three ways to get it done."

Click here to read how Charlotte can grow and lead on our Gold Partner Integra's blog!


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 - Integra Design Group - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing - Weeklyrides.com


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