March 8 Weekly Brief!

Join us tonight at Free Range Brewing, 6-7:30pm, for our fun and informative March Monthly Mixer!


At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from Way2Go CLT sponsor Kimley-Horn who will talk about how through design they are working to create a more sustainable local community. 

Then, we'll raffle off a savory gift from Benny Pennello's Pizza in NoDa (tickets are just $3 for one and $5 for two)!

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


Don't wait! Submit a Sustain Charlotte Award nomination TODAY before this Sunday's (March 12) deadline!

Your nomination will help us tell the story of our local leaders' commitment to sustainability to a broad audience of Charlotte area leaders and advocates!

What individual or organization has inspired YOU? 

Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged! Deadline for nominations is March 12. *Nominees must live or operate in the Greater Charlotte metro area.

Our sixth annual Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration will take place on April 26, at the LaCa Projects Gallery near Uptown Charlotte. Get your tickets NOW at our Early Bird price!

Many thanks to our event sponsors: 

Food Sponsor ROOTS Catering; Media Sponsor Charlotte Magazine; Gold Sponsor Rodgers Builders; Silver Sponsors Blumenthal FoundationCenter For Intentional LeadershipDuke EnergyO2 emcS&D Coffee and Tea; and Bronze Sponsor Little.

Update on our #iBikeCLT campaign for a protected bike lane through Uptown!

Community members providing feedback on CDOT’s plans for an Uptown pilot protected bike lane!

Do you remember the petition we launched calling for a protected bike lane connecting the greenways through Uptown?  The one that more than 4,000 of you signed?  

Well, your voices have made a difference!  On February 23, the 7th Street Public Market was the place to be to learn more about the future of Charlotte’s cycling infrastructure at the public Uptown Connects workshop. Read more on our blog!

Stroll and Roll Plaza Midwood Petition Presented to City Council!

Renderings of potential solution to safety issues on Central Ave courtesy of Eric Zaverl, an Elizabeth resident.

On Monday night, residents from the neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza Midwood business district presented a petition to City Council Citizen calling for bicycle and pedestrian improvements on The Plaza and Central Avenue. 

Our bike program manager, Kate Cavazza, and two neighborhood residents spoke in support of the petition and urged City Council to consider this project as complementary to CDOT’s preliminary plans to pursue a road diet on Parkwood Avenue. Read more on our blog!

We challenge YOU to take 10 trips this month biking, walking, car/vanpooling or riding transit! 


The results are in!
Just one week into the Way2Go challenge, Charlotte area residents have logged 13,304 miles of walking, bicycling, riding public transit, and carpooling! Together we’ve burned 189,825 caloriessaved $3,672, and prevented 3.8 tons of carbon emissions. 

Congratulations to Shook Kelley, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department and CDOT for making it to top three on the Team Leader Board (as of 9:30 this morning)!


Remember, there's an app for this!

For your daily work or school commute, download the Commute Tracker app from your smart phone and let it log your commutes automatically for you! 

There are lots of awesome prizes that you could win this month! 
For every 10 eligible trips you log (a round-trip counts as two), you'll earn one entry in the month's drawing!

Haven't registered yet? You can join as an individual or join a team for free RIGHT NOW and be entered in the running for this month's challenge.

Thanks to financial support from NCDOT and Kimley-Horn, we’re able to bring this initiative and customized platform to you at no cost!

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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 healthy, equitable and vibrant community for generations to come! Click below to be the change and become a sustaining member today!

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



Volunteer with us at the Earth Day Roots Festival!

Join us at Blue Blaze Brewing for the First Annual Roots Festival hosted by Savona! The event will take place at Blue Blaze and will provide live music, food trucks, family activities, local vendors, and beer throughout the day. Don't miss the Bennu Gardens community garden ribbon cutting at 11am! 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00am - 5:00pm. 

WHERE: Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S Turner Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28208.

We will be attending this event and we need several volunteers to help pass out information about our work throughout the day! 

Reply to this email or email Branyn at [email protected] if you're available for one or several of the following shifts:

  • Shift 1: 12pm - 2:30pm
  • Shift 2: 2:30pm - 5pm 

Attend the West Blvd Corridor Study public meeting to support safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists!

The City of Charlotte invites the community to participate in the West Boulevard Corridor Study kickoff meeting on March 21, 2017 from 5pm - 7pm in the West Boulevard Branch Library Community Room located at 2157 West Boulevard.

The purpose of the study is to develop recommendations about potential improvements along this corridor between Camden Road and Billy Graham Parkway. This study will focus on improving conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists, and is being conducted by the City in close partnership with NCDOT.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with designers and City staff to shape options for the West Boulevard Corridor! Click here to learn more!

Volunteer for Open Streets 704!

Open Streets 704, returning again on May 7, 2017, is an event that will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! There are lots of fun volunteer opportunities – from “Intersection Superheroes” to “Activity Zone Volunteers.” Click here for more information.

Join the Sustain Charlotte Spring Ride Committee! 

Like bikes?  Like riding bikes with other people?  Sustain Charlotte is looking to organize a new spring ride during BIKE! Charlotte as a fundraiser for our bicycle program. We're forming a volunteer committee to help plan and execute this ride!  

If interested, email Kate Cavazza at [email protected]


Traffic Time bombs: Will Charlotte’s Walkable Developments Ease Congestion – Or Worsen It? [The Charlotte Observer]

"New developments all promise walkability between homes, offices and shops, and a less car-dependent lifestyle. But they could also increase congestion – especially for commuters. For years, developers around Interstate 485 built big, single-use projects like shopping centers, office parks and single-family subdivisions separately. These days they’re embracing a different model: Combine all those uses into one dense area that’s similar to what you’d find in a city center. That means more people will have the option to walk or bike from home to, say, the restaurant or grocery store, and they won’t need a car for every trip." Walkable, mixed-used developments are critical, along with a more attractive and useful transit system. Widening roads and adding turning lanes aren't going to prevent additional congestion along the thoroughfares that are attracting new development. We need to give people more transportation choices to avoid further gridlock.

Driving Alone? Way2Go CLT Wants to Change That [PlanCharlotte]

"If you’re like most people in the Charlotte area you drive a lot, and most of that is alone. Now a new initiative is encouraging people to try to limit those single-person trips by car. Sustain Charlotte, a local nonprofit that focuses on solving the city’s sustainability challenges, has launched an effort until Oct. 31 to try to get people to find a different way to travel for 1 million miles worth of trips.In addition to helping lessen traffic congestion, reducing the number of auto trips is a  public health concern." UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's Mary Newsom takes on the environmental and community health impacts of Charlotte's current transportation patterns, and how #Way2GoCLT aims to change that.

Needed: a New Leisure-Travel Architecture for the Queen City [Integra Architecture Blog]

"From being a rather small part of the city’s economy two decades ago, [Charlotte] tourism has zoomed past the $7 billion milestone seemingly in no time, boosted by the equally rapid rise of the city’s role as a regional business and financial center, as well as its emergence as a thriving hub for professional and amateur sports. A quick read of all [the Top 5 Cities to Travel] lists, particularly the description of what attracts travelers to our five popular neighbors, reveals that Charlotte already has what it takes to compete." Let's continue to make smart land use and transportation choices that support uniquely vibrant communities that appeal to residents and tourists alike!

Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established [America Walks]

"America Walks announced today the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service." Access to transit and walkability are very closely linked, which is why we launched our Walk2Transit program earlier this year with the goal of improving walkability to 10 local bus stops!


* TONIGHT (March 8) - 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 Way2Go CLT sponsor Kimley-Horn who will tell you about their sustainability efforts! This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 


* March 18 - Davidson College Green Ball 2017 Benefiting Sustain Charlotte *

7:30pm - 10:30pm @ Davidson College, 405 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28035.

Hosted by the Environmental Action Coalition, Green Ball is a night of dancing, fun and fund-raising for the Davidson Lands Conservancy and Sustain Charlotte. The Green Ball features swing dancing and silent auctions of prizes donated by local artists and businesses. Tickets start at just $10. We hope you will attend this event in support of our work and the Davidson Lands Conservancy! Click here to register. 

* April 26 - 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration *

5:30pm - 8:30pm @ LaCa Projects Gallery, 1429 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208. 

Nine award-winning visionaries. Nine locally curated courses. One incredible journey into Charlotte's future through the eyes, hearts, and hands of our sustainability leaders. Meet our 2017 winners, while noshing on nine courses with ROOTS Catering! Ticket purchase includes two drinks, a delicious, locally-sourced nine-course meal, and an evening of celebration you don't want to miss! Get your early bird tickets before March 15 for just $55! 


March 9 - Wine to Water Charlotte Chapter Launch Party

6:00pm - 9:00pm @ Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203. 

Wine To Water is committed to providing clean water to ONE MILLION people by 2019. Help by attending this event to learn more about Wine to Water! Free admission to attend and learn more about how Wine to Water serves and educates those in need of clean water globally. Click here to learn more. 

March 13 - KEEPING WATCH Mechanical Eye Exhibit Opening Reception

5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. 

The Department of Art & Art History and Rowe Galleries present Mechanical Eye, March 13-29, featuring the work of Rob Carter, McColl Center for Art + Innovation/UNC Charlotte Artist-in-Residence, and students in Associate Professor of Art Jeff Murphy’s Video Art course. Working in a variety of media, including video and photography, Rob Carter often explores historical developments in agricultural science and human relationships to the natural world. His new video piece, Catawba, focuses on Cowans Ford Dam and Lake Norman and will be the centerpiece of the Rowe exhibition. Click here to learn more!

March 23 - Uptown Gallery Crawl

6:00pm - 9:00pm @ Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.  

The Projective Eye Gallery joins other local art venues for the Uptown Gallery Crawl. Hop on a trolley bus and check out artist Shaun Cassidy’s new earthwork installation in our gallery, then see exhibitions at The Mint Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Sozo Gallery, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and more. Click here to learn more!


We're happy to announce that Natural Awakenings has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold level!  We're proud to have their support of our mission and your community! 



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!



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

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


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