December 8 Weekly Brief!

Thanks to your support, we not only reached our goal to raise $7,500 but exceeded it! We raised $12,500! 

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For every $150 we raised, one car was removed from the road and the driver took a seat on the bus!


We are sincerely grateful to all who supported us during #GivingTuesdayCLT and followed along with us on our campaign to end the traffic jam. Look at all those happy faces on the bus! 

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With fewer cars on the road and more transportation choices, our community will become more sustainable -- more healthy, equitable and vibrant. We look forward to continuing our work to strengthen Charlotte's transportation network and provide all Charlotteans greater access to economic opportunities!

Special thanks to OrthoCarolina, Google Fiber, DPS Construction and our 92 donors -- old and new -- for your generous donations and support of our work!


New study shows Charlotteans worry about bike safety and want protected bike lanes!

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Most people in our area worry about safety when riding a bike. (p. 19, "Living in Charlotte 2016")


This November, the Urban Land Institute published "Living in Charlotte 2016: Views on Housing, Transportation, and Community". Click here to download the report.

  • 68% are dissatisfied with the number and condition of bike facilities in their area.
  • 77% worry about getting hit by a vehicle while biking.
  • 74% would be more likely to ride if there was physical separation (ie, protected bike lane) from motor vehicles.

Click here to read more on our blog! 


Join us for our special Holiday Party + mixer next Wednesday, December 14, at Free Range Brewing!

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We'll enjoy local brew, an exciting raffle, and celebrate our many accomplishments this year that were possible thanks to YOUR support! 

Plus, you'll be the first to hear about our exciting new projects and programs for 2017! 

This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. There's also a rumor that there will be cake! 

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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!

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Share a photo of a bus stop that needs improvements for a chance to WIN! 

Simply post your bus stop photo to InstagramFacebook, or Twitter using #Walk2Transit and you'll be entered to WIN daily prizes! 

Visit our project page for details. NOTE: You don't have to be a transit-rider to participate!

Thank you to all who have submitted photos so far and for helping us improve the walkability and accessibility of Charlotte-area bus stops!

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! 


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 workshops: 

  • West Workshop: Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. @ Goodwill Opportunity Campus, 5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208
  • North Workshop: Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. @ The Oasis Shrine Auditorium, 604 Doug Mayes Pl, Charlotte, NC 28262

Click here to register!


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Can Charlotte Learn These Lessons in Time to Save Lower South End? [Plan Charlotte]

"Walkability is at the core of sustainable city design, but this vital attribute is in short supply in Charlotte. We have energetic small businesses; we have entrepreneurs with ideas; we have creativity (and breweries) galore. But we don’t have much in the way of public spatial infrastructure to support the growth of sustainable new urban districts." What can we learn from Des Moines about re-purposing historic buildings? In this article, architect and town planner David Walters shares how political courage and infrastructure improvements in Charlotte's Lower South End would create a vibrant, sustainable, and walkable neighborhood!


One Little-Discussed Reason Housing Costs Are Rising in Charlotte [The Charlotte Observer]

"There’s been a lot of focus in recent months on the rising cost of housing in Charlotte, especially after protesters highlighted economic inequality in the wake of a September police shooting that killed an African-American man. The spotlight tends to fall on new apartments and single-family houses. And that, according to housing experts at an Urban Land Institute of Charlotte forum this week, might actually be part of the problem. 'Our housing is almost two extremes: Large apartments and single-family homes,' said Assistant City Manager Debra Campbell." This is a great article highlighting how housing density impacts affordability and Charlotte's need for more "missing middle" housing that can blend well into existing neighborhoods!


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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 17-18: Christmas Market

Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm @ Central Piedmont Community College, 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Romare Bearden Park has transformed into a German-inspired Christmas market this holiday season! There are vendors in wooden huts, 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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We're happy to announce that Dharma Construction Group has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze Level and DPS Construction and Weeklyrides.com have renewed at the Gold level! We're proud to have their support of our mission and your community!

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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 - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing - Weeklyrides.com


BRONZE

 


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