June 14 Weekly Brief

You don't want to miss TONIGHT's (June 14th) Monthly Mixer featuring Urban Land Institute (ULI) Charlotte  

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Photo: Rendering from the ULI Urban Ideas Competition's winning team, BSB Design.
 

Join us at Free Range Brewing at 6pm for great fun, learning and networking! You'll enjoy a great presentation at 6:45pm from the ULI Urban Ideas Competition's winning team, BSB Design. 

This team was one of many from around the Carolinas that to submitted a proposal for redevelopment of a 45-acre site on the LYNX Blue Line Extension currently under construction in the University City area of Charlotte. Join us to learn what they proposed!

Then, at 7:15, we'll raffle off a package of 6 bottles of wine from Dover Vineyards (three red and three white, a $120 value!). Tickets are just $5 for one or $10 for three!

This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. 

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Building connectivity back into Charlotte's disconnected neighborhoods
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You don't have to look at a map of the Charlotte area for long to figure out which neighborhoods were built before and after the time that cars became popular. As the grid-based blocks of the 19th and early 20th centuries gave way to cul-de-sacs beginning in the 1950s, we lost the foundation of vibrant neighborhoods. We lost our connectivity. 

At Monday's meeting of the City Council Transportation and Planning committee, staff from the Charlotte Department of Transportation and Planning Department told the story of how Charlotte lost its connected street network and how we're working to rebuild it. 

Read our blog to learn more!


Wouldn't you rather be reading a book, catching a breeze, or chatting with friends than stuck in traffic?

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Join our Clean Commute Challenge and be inspired to change your daily routine!

Sustain Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Air Awareness to co-host the Clean Commute Challenge that will run from June 1st through July 31st as part of our landmark Way2Go CLT initiative. 

How do you join? It's easy!

1. Register for FREE at Way2GoCLT.com.

2. 
Now through July 31, 2017, simply carpool/vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk to work or telecommute for your chance to win great prizes like a Kindle Voyage, Fitbit Blaze, and more. The grand prize is BIG! You could win a Home Automation Kit with a Nest Thermostat, Google Home, and Apple Watch!

3. Log 10 clean commute roundtrips and you'll be entered in the grand prize drawing and be eligible to win secondary prizes, too! For official rules on entering and prize descriptions, please visit Charlotte Air Awareness.

NOTE: If you've already registered for Way2Go CLT, you're already entered into this challenge and helping us make a BIG difference. Keep logging those commutes!


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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Take part in the Rozzelles Ferry Rd. Walk2Transit Walkability Tour!

Walk2Transit
 is Sustain Charlotte's initiative that gives a voice to bus riders and transit advocates. A voice that will result in tangible improvements to the walkability of Charlotte's highest need bus stops!

On June 20th you're invited to be an integral part of this initiative by taking part in a walking audit. The tour will be guided by Sustain Charlotte staff and you'll learn about the history and current state of Charlotte's transit system as we walk!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20th, 9:00am - 10:30am.

WHERE: Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Hoskins Rd. and Woodman Ave. 

Sign up here!


Help us get the word out about our Way2Go CLT sustainable transportation challenge to ALL areas of Charlotte! 

Please let us know if you're available to put out yard signs whenever it's convenient for you. We will coordinate with you on where to place the signs (depending on where you live/work) and when to pick them up at our office (located in South End). 

Every little bit helps! Reply to this email or contact branyn.calegar@sustaincharlotte.org if interested!


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How Charlotte’s Knight Cities Challenge Winners Will Make the Queen City a Better Place to Live [Charlotte Agenda]

"Two Charlotteans were announced today as the winners of the Knight Cities Challenge. The challenge is a competition of ideas in which the Knight Foundation chooses innovative projects that will make the 26 communities that the Knight Foundation sponsors a better place to live and work." Congratulations to our local Knight Foundation Knight Cities Challenge winners Erin Gillespie and Varian Shrum on their selected projects to bring life to an under-loved part of the Rail Trail and engage young people in civic life!


We Share the blame with Trump on Climate Change [The Charlotte Observer]

"Resistance to Trump ignores our own complicity in the climate change conundrum. It’s been 45 years since Earth Day, but we have yet to come to terms with the choices we make on a habitual basis and how these configure our carbon footprint. We need to ask why we behave the way we do." Sustain Charlotte member Martin Zimmerman suggests simple ways that we can all reduce our contribution to climate change.  


298 US Climate Mayors Commit to Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Goals

More than 246 U.S. mayors have pledged to uphold the Paris Agreement that President Trump withdrew us from on June 1st -- including our very own! We are grateful to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts for her commitment to help uphold the climate goals of this agreement! Read the pledge here.


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* June 14 (TONIGHT): Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking at the Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer and 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. 

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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

The Center for Intentional Leadership - Free Range Brewing - Scalable Consulting - Shook Kelley - TreeCycle America

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 - Wooden Robot Brewery


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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