January 10 Weekly Brief!

YOU can be the first to hear about our exciting new initiative to reduce local vehicle miles by ONE MILLION this year! Join us at tomorrow's mixer!


We'll gather at Free Range Brewing from 6-7:30pm for our first event of the new year! 

You'll hear a great presentation from Clean Air Carolina, followed by a brief overview of the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan that YOU will have an opportunity to give feedback on! 

PLUS, we'll tell you about our next big initiative -- Way2Go CLT -- and how you can get involved! 

Be sure to enter the exciting raffle at check-in for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Vida Vida taco bar (tickets are just $3 for one and $5 for two)! 

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


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!



Attend the first Sustain Charlotte Community Corps meeting of 2017!

TONIGHT @ 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 [email protected].

Speak in support of a safer and more accessible transportation network at the January council meeting!

When: Monday, January 23rd, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Where: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

At their January 23rd meeting, Charlotte City Council will vote on adoption of Charlotte WALKS and the Transportation Action Plan, both of which will help the City correct identified weaknesses in the transportation network and meet the mobility needs of a rapidly growing population. 

We will speak in support of these plans during the public hearing portion of the meeting. YOUR voice will help us ensure these plans get approved! 

Click here to register to speak for up to 3 minutes
! We're happy to provide talking points, if you need them. Please email [email protected].

Attend a webinar to learn more about the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan!

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) will conduct two webinars to kick-off public outreach efforts associated with the development of its 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).  The webinars’ purpose is to provide stakeholders with essential information about the MTP. The content of both webinars will be the same. 

You may register for one of the following days and times:

January 12 @ 12:30pm

Webinar connection: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/173128605
Telephone call-in: 704-432-5489 

January 19 @ 3:30pm

Webinar connection: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/173635837
Telephone call-in: 704-432-5489 

Click here to learn more. 

Attend the Uptown Connects input meeting to show your support for protected bike lanes in Charlotte!

When: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30 - 7:30pm.
Where: Seventh Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is leading an effort in partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners to develop the Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study

The goal of this study is to identify challenges to and solutions for cycling and walking through Uptown between existing and future greenways and urban trail facilities. The public is invited to attend at any time during this workshop and provide comments about findings to date.

This is your chance to tell the city you support #ibikeCLT and want to see safe, protected bike lanes throughout Charlotte! Mark your calendar now and tell your friends to join you.


Can America’s Aging Stay in Their Homes? [CityLab]

"Nearly half of all adults will age in low-density places, which may lack public transport or nearby neighbors and services. Even though many people express a desire to age in place, doing so can be isolating without ways to connect with the surrounding community...The public, nonprofit, and private sectors will be key to increasing the housing options and supportive services that enable people to live a high quality of life at older ages.” Availability of safe routes for walking, bicycling, and public transit is a big factor in whether older adults are able to remain in their own homes as they age. Charlotte's population growth needs to be accompanied by better transportation choices!

Lower South End is Growing Fast. Can Sidewalks and Streets Keep Up? [The Charlotte Observer]

"As development chugs south, some local observers are concerned that a wave of big, block-sized apartments could overwhelm the area, duplicating the development patterns that have brought thousands of new residents to South End in the past decade but have also pushed out some local businesses. And the area – built on an auto-friendly, post-World War II layout – largely lacks sidewalks...Allowing a developer to build without putting in the public street required by the area plan means it’s less likely that the area will ever be transformed into the kind of truly pedestrian-friendly, walkable neighborhood envisioned." Let's get this right the first time around, Charlotte! Connectivity is the key to making sure that people can access housing, entertainment, shopping, and dining by all modes of transportation.


* TOMORROW (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: 

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!

January 21 - Learn to Ride Event

11:00am - 1:00pm @ McClintock Middle School, 1925 Rama Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.

It’s never too early (or too late!) learn to ride a two-wheeler! Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can Learn to Ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method. Join the fun at this FREE opportunity to Learn to Ride! Click here to learn more.


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!



Free Range Brewing - TreeCycle America - Wooden Robot Brewery


#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



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