January 5 Weekly Brief!

Thanks to our generous supporters, we started off the new year with a bang! We not only reached our end-of-year goal to raise $15,000 but exceeded it! We raised $17,776!

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Now, we are so excited to make a BIG impact in 2017! Below are 10 ways we will further our mission in the new year:

  • Inspire area residents to replace one million miles of single occupancy vehicle trips with a sustainable mode of transportation through our Way2Go initiative.

  • Through our Walk2Transit initiative, identify ten local bus stops in need of walkability improvements and advocate for investments to make them safer and more accessible for pedestrians.

  • Grow the Transportation Choices Alliance as a community hub for information-sharing and collaborative work among organizations and individuals working toward a sustainable transportation network.
  • Advocate and engage citizens in the City's efforts to improve the efficiency of the bus network via Envision My Ride and create an ambitious new regional transit plan.

  • Grow our broad and diverse coalition of citizens (#iBikeCLT) who support a connected network of safe bicycle facilities, so that residents of all ages and abilities can use a bicycle as transportation.

  • Inform and engage local residents in opportunities to help shape the policies that regulate development as the City updates its zoning ordinance.

  • Monitor local land use plans and rezoning requests, and engage the public when critical sustainable land use opportunities and threats emerge.

  • Partner with the Lincoln Heights neighborhood and the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to achieve sustainability goals set by residents. 

  • Host three amazing community events: Walk Your Neighborhood (March), Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration (April), and Biketoberfest (October).

  • Continue to help the Charlotte region become a national model for sustainable development!

YOU can help make all of this and more possible! Resolve to get involved in the community this year by signing up to volunteersupporting us through membership or encouraging your employer to join the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network

We look forward to working with you to make a difference in 2017!


Kick off the new year with your friends and fellow Charlotteans at our Monthly Mixer next week!

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Join us on Wednesday, January 11th at Free Range Brewing for our first gathering of the new year! 

At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from special guest Clean Air Carolina and also have an opportunity to give feedback on our region's Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Then, you'll be the first to hear details about our BIG new project, Way2Go CLT and how you can get involved! 

We'll end the evening with an exciting raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Vida Vida taco bar! 

This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 

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New CDOT study shows Charlotteans want transportation choices!

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It's that time we've all been waiting for: the release of CDOT's biennial 2016 Transportation Survey! 406 residents were asked their opinions on driving conditions, possible solutions and funding sources, priorities, safety, and travel for pedestrians and cyclists.

Here are some highlights:

  • 86% want to see roads designed for everyone, not just those who drive cars.
  • 79% think the city or state should provide alternative modes of transportation to ease congestion.
  • 63.5% would like to drive less in Charlotte.

Click here to read more interesting stats from the report and to learn what we're doing this year to help make these desires for better bicycling, walking, and transit a reality for Charlotteans!


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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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Attend the first Sustain Charlotte Community Corps meeting of 2017!

January 10 @ 6:30 p.m., Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S. Tryon St, Charlotte

Are you interested in volunteering to partner with the Lincoln Heights neighborhood as we help residents build a more sustainable community? 

We invite you to our Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) 2017 kick off meeting! We'll discuss our strategy for partnering with the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in support of their 2017 sustainability goals, as well as leadership opportunities in communications, volunteer coordination, and coordination of the neighborhood's three sustainability initiatives. 

We'll have a sign on our table so you can easily find us. If you're interested in volunteering with the SCCC but can't attend this meeting, e-mail Danielle Turek at deturek6@gmail.com.

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The Development Projects that Matter in 2017 [Charlotte Agenda]

"Looking into 2017, there are some absolutely incredible construction projects in Charlotte that will begin, continue or complete by the end of the year." Click here to see what they are! We're excited to see that mixed-use, walkable development is a popular development trend for 2017! Yet we're concerned that our growing lack of affordable housing in the areas experiencing growth will perpetuate Charlotte's patterns of racial and economic segregation.


Winter 2017: Walkable Neighborhoods Report [REALTORS & Smart Growth]

Whether it comes from formal research or simple observation, the evidence keeps piling up. Lots of people want to live and work where they can walk more and drive less. An analysis of the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas found that walkable urban locations within each metro have outperformed sprawling suburban locations over the last five years in the office, rental, and multi-family rental markets." Click here to read the Walkable Neighborhoods publication by the National Association of Realtors! 


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* January 11: Sustain Charlotte Monthly Mixer with Green Drinks Charlotte * 

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 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from special guest Clean Air Carolina! Everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 

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Note: In an effort to sustain our events and programs (including our Monthly Mixers), 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!


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 - Abundant Power Group, LLC - 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


BRONZE


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