MAY 25 Weekly Brief!

Your voice made a difference! Charlotte City Council unanimously voted to approve Charlotte BIKES on May 22nd!

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Mayor Roberts and Council Members Mayfield, Phipps, Lyles, Eiselt, and Driggs all expressed their enthusiasm for advancing cycling in Charlotte before the vote and referenced the strong community outpouring of support …. that means you!  So thank YOU for using your voice!

We encourage you to take a moment to thank City Council for their support.

We will continue to keep you informed on all cycling policy news from the City and ways you can get involved! 


Want to be the first to interact with some fun new pedestrian wayfinding signage in FreeMoreWest? Our #WalkCLT kick-off in FreeMoreWest is in one week! Now's the time to register for this fun, free and family-friendly event! 

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Join us, OrthoCarolina and #thesavageway on June 2nd to explore the many walkable destinations in FreeMoreWest while enjoying great deals from participating local restaurants and fun activities along the greenway! 

Simply check-in at Recover Brands (1518 Bryant St.) and then follow the suggested walking route that leads to Blue Blaze Brewing! On the way, stop by these local businesses to enjoy their special offers just for YOU:

Rhino Market & Deli is offering a special WalkCLTblt for just $4!
Charlotte Fencing Academy is offering a $20 off a set of 6 introductory lessons (Normal cost: $85)!
American Burger Company is offering a combo deal that includes the All American Cheeseburger, fries and drink for $8.50!
Pinky's Westside Grill - buy one appetizer, get one free!
Crossfit QC is giving out a pass good for 1 free Crossfit, Bootcamp, or Mobility class!
...and more to come!

NOTE: A $10 ticket is available for purchase that includes a beer ticket to Blue Blaze Brewing and custom live-printed t-shirt at Recover Brands!
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Want to volunteer and get a free Sustain Charlotte t-shirt? Click here for details and to sign up for a shift!


Bugs, Bluegrass, and Bus Stop Porch Swings

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Many thanks to our amazing volunteers and community partners for their support at the Fresh Expo!

Did you know that Sustain Charlotte staff and volunteers educate thousands of people each year during community events? In addition to organizing our own outreach events and programming, we love to partner with other organizations at their events. It's an awesome way to reach new audiences and have a lot of fun at the same time!

Spring is typically our busiest time of year for community events, and 2017 has been no exception. This past Saturday, our staff and volunteers educated, engaged, and united area residents at three unique community events. Read more.

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Special thanks to Whole Foods Market Waverly and all of YOU who joined us at the BBQ and Bluegrass festival on Saturday! Thanks to your support and a generous match from Whole Foods Market, we raised $7,180 in support of our work to ensure that all area residents have access to healthy food!

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We're drawing prizes for this month's Way2Go CLT challenge winners on Tuesday (6/6)! You have until Monday at midnight to log all your May trips for a chance to WIN! 

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Here's what you could win: 

Set of four Galaxy Highball Glasses ($50+ value) from Moxie Mercantile

 $20 gift card for Coaltrane's Char Grill in the Epicentre

$20 gift card to Birdsong Brewing (21+, ID required to claim)

CLT branded pint glass & cutting board from Green With Envy

Basil Roll from Basil Thai Cuisine + A Sustain Charlotte I 'Bike' CLT or I 'Heart' CLT'T-shirt

A box of delicious locally made coffee from Potts Chocolate 

A Sustain Charlotte T-shirt

** GRAND PRIZES**

Charlotte B-Cycle Annual Membership ($65 value)

Two (2) Free Tickets to see the Charlotte Knights play at home! (Valid Sun - Wed)

Haven't registered? Now's the time! On June 1, we're co-hosting the Clean Commute Challenge with NC Air Awareness and CATS. You don't want to miss out! Register now and simply log 10 round-trip commute trips between June 1 and July 31st to be eligible to win valuable prizes! More details to come.


Stop by Wooden Robot for an exclusive beer and support Sustain Charlotte!

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Each month, Wooden Robot will be partnering with a local charity or non-profit to raise awareness and funds. Every batch of Generously Hopped IPA will feature a brand new recipe and local non-profit, with $1 of every large pour and crowler fill benefiting a partner organization.   

We are pleased to announce that their first partnership will be with Sustain Charlotte! It will be pouring in their taproom until this exclusive batch is gone!

Click here for more information, or just stop by and by Wooden Robot, buy a crowler of their Generously Hopped IPA and support Sustain Charlotte! 


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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Join for $10/month or $120/year and you'll get a Sustain Charlotte T-shirt!


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Tell CDOT about your experience riding on the Plaza protected bike lane demo!

From May 7th to May 14th, the Charlotte Department of Transportation implemented a separated bicycle lane demonstration project on The Plaza between Central Avenue and Belvedere Avenue.  

City staff monitored the demonstration during the week-long test period, and another part of the data collection is this public survey.  If you traveled along The Plaza during the week of the demonstration project, the City would appreciate your input! Take the quick survey here.  


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Urban Exploration in the Queen City: Charlotte's Increasingly Awesome Trail Network [RootsRated]

"Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Charlotte or a lifelong resident, there are many ways to explore the Queen City by foot or on two wheels. To get started, [Sustain Charlotte's Shannon] Binns has provided intel on several greenways and urban trails that link some of Charlotte’s most interesting neighborhoods, parks, restaurants, and breweries." We hope you will read this article and be inspired to #WalkCLT with us on June 2nd!


Robust Growth Continues for Most – But Not All – Places in Charlotte Region [The Charlotte Observer]

"Charlotte saw a growth rate of 15.1 percent through last year. That’s among the biggest growth rates in North Carolina for the state’s largest cities. Only Cary, Huntersville and Durham saw a higher rate during that time, for places with 50,000 or more residents. Charlotte remains by far the most populous site in the Carolinas, with Raleigh a distant second at 458,880." We often talk about how rapidly Charlotte's population is growing and why we need to make more sustainable land use and transportation choices. Read this article to find out which 5 area towns are growing even faster than Charlotte, and where is population growth slower!


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* June 2 - #WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest *

5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Recover Brands (1518 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208)

In 2015, Sustain Charlotte teamed up with OrthoCarolina and #thesavageway to bring a first-of-its-kind walking initiative to the Plaza Midwood Business District to promote walking as a form of transportation. On June 2, we're launching our second #WalkCLT initiative in FreeMoreWest! Join us for this free and family-friendly event event to explore the neighborhood, new greenway and enjoy great deals from participating local businesses! 

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* June 14 - 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 Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner ULI Charlotte who will be presenting the Urban Ideas Competition and winning team! 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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May 27 - Fat Tire Presents Tour de Fat (benefiting Bike Walk NC)

4:00pm - 9:00pm @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. 

Expect to experience the unexpected. This event features A Thousand Horses and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Proceeds from the Charlotte Tour de Fat benefit Bike Walk NCClick here to get tickets! Want a free ticket? Sign up to volunteer here!


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

The Center for Intentional Leadership - Free Range Brewing - Shook Kelley - TreeCycle America - Wooden Robot Brewery

GOLD

 Abundant Power Group, LLC - Alta Planning + Design - Boingo Graphics - DPS Construction - Epic Capital Wealth Management - Integra Design Group - Leaf Burrito - Little - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Natural Awakenings - Optima Engineering  - S&D Coffee & Tea 
ULI Charlotte - Weeklyrides.com


BRONZE

AT&T - Barrett G. Moore, DDS, PA & Associates - Carolina Urban Lumber - Charlotte Agenda - Choices Do Matter - Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room - Dharma Construction Group, LLC - Domtar - Duke Energy - Flywheel Group - Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont - Greater Charlotte Apartment Association - Green LED Efficiency -  Greffen Systems - HDR - Healthy Home Market - HNTB - Insight Architects - Interstate All Battery Center - Charlotte - Moore & Van Allen - NC Sustainable Energy Association - Okra Charlotte / Gumbo: The Store - Queen City Bicycles - Renewable Energy Transition Initiative - SAROS Desalination - Studio Cellar - STV Engineers, Inc. - TC Lifestyle Fitness - Whole Foods Market - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

 


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