Weekly Brief March 9!

Last Thursday evening, in front of an audience of more than 120 people, we announced the launch of our #iBikeCLT campaign! 

#iBikeCLT is more than a hashtag. It is a campaign designed to inspire you! We want you to become more active this year. Not just moving your body for transportation and mobility, but also active in our community. Many people already use their bicycles in Charlotte for transportation, and many more say they would if they felt it was safer. We want our city to include safe, connected and dignified facilities for people on bikes at every opportunity!

This year we want to see Charlotte City Council approve a protected bike lane through Uptown Charlotte, connecting Irwin Creek Greenway and Little Sugar Creek Greenway. We believe that Charlotte's active transportation future is linked to world class infrastructure for people who want to go from point A to point B in a way that's convenient, safe, inexpensive, healthy, and fun.

Sign the statement of support!



What's a protected bike lane? Protected bike lanes are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts. 

Click on the video below to hear our Bicycle Program Director Jordan Moore's inspiring speech that launched this campaign!


Thank you to all who attended The Future of Transportation is YOU! where we not only made this big announcement, but also had exciting presentations and discussions about transportation innovation in Charlotte! 

If you missed this event, click here for a detailed recap! 

Click here to view, tag and share pictures from our event album on facebook!

Click here to check out the media coverage for this event!


Join Us Tomorrow for the Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) Spring Social + Volunteer Sign-Up! 

We'll gather at Bulldog Beer & Wine in South End from 6 to 8pm. Stop by any time to learn more about the SCCC and what the leadership team has been working on for the past few months! Click here for more info and to RSVP!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards + Earth Day Celebration! 
Click here to get your ticket at the Early Bird price of just $39 now!

We're proud to welcome Rodgers as a Gold Awards Sponsor and Healthy Home Market as a Silver Awards Sponsor! 
We are thankful for their commitment to our community's long-term health and vitality. 

Many thanks to our sponsors so far: MassMutual Carolinas (Platinum), Charlotte Magazine (Gold), S&D Coffee and Tea (Silver), O2 emc (Silver), the Duke Energy (Silver), Blumenthal Foundation (Silver), Moore & Van Allen (Silver), Whole Foods Market stores of Sharon Road and Lake Norman (Silver), NC Sustainable Energy Association (Bronze). 

Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, starting at just $600! 

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! Help us do more by becoming a Sustain Charlotte member today for as little as $3/month -- that's one cup of coffee! Click below to learn how easily you can support our mission and your community via membership. *Membership at the $5/month level includes a free Sustain Charlotte T-shirt (made of 100% recycled material by our Gold Partner Recover)!*



Planners Roll Out Detailed Game Plan for New Ordinance [PlanCharlotte]

"When Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles convened the Charlotte City Council’s five-member Transportation and Planning Committee on Feb. 8, the City Council members may not have realized just how much Ed McKinney, the city's interim planning director, was about to reveal in his progress report on a new city zoning ordinance...The council committee members knew the new code will lean toward a newer approach to zoning codes, one that focuses less on separating land uses via lines drawn on a map, and looks more at how the development’s buildings will relate to the spaces around them." Click here to read a summary of some of the big ideas and the process that will shape the new code. We're very enthusiastic about the new code's consideration of place making and public space (i.e. design for people) rather than focusing on separation of uses (i.e. design for cars)!

Look How Much Better a City Can Be When It Designs for People Not Cars [Gizmodo]

"To help its citizens save gas, the Netherlands implemented a nationwide “Car-Free Sunday” in November of 1973. For one day each week, the country’s three million cars were not allowed on roads, leading to some interesting photos of horses and bikes on the country’s highways. Like similar car-free days in other countries, seeing the positive impact from this weekly activity inspired residents to bring about permanent change." Check out these cities that created spaces for people before cars! You will have chance to see see what Charlotte could look like as a city designed for people on May 1st for Open Streets 704!

Support our campaign for a protected bike lane through Uptown! 

Would a protected bike lane make you feel more comfortable riding your bike through Uptown? Do you want one (or many!) of these in Charlotte? 

If so, sign our statement of support for a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! Then, be sure to share it with your friends and family!


March 5 to April 23 - Particle Falls 

7:00pm - 10:00pm @ West wall of the UNC-Charlotte Center City Building, 320 East 9th Street, Charlotte, NC. Particle Falls is an animated light projection on the side of the UNC – Charlotte Center City building that reveals in real time, the invisible dangers in the air we are breathing. This is a dramatic public art and science project that raises awareness of the presence and impact of particulate pollution. Click here for more information. 
* March 12 - Learn to Ride Event *

11:00am - 1:00pm @ Marion Diehl Rec Center, 2219 Tyvola Road. This is a free opportunity to learn to ride a two-wheeler! This event is geared to kids, adults who want to learn to ride, and parents of kids who haven't yet learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Sustain Charlotte is working with Bicycle Sport, Mecklenburg County Park & Rec and Health Departments, Trips for Kids Charlotte and AARP put on this great event! For more information, click here

March 18, 19, 20 - Best Minds #CityJamCLT

Event kicks off Friday, March 18, 5:30pm @ Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Charlotte 28204. City Jam is partnering with Digital Charlotte to brainstorm ways to bridge the digital divide. This year's Best Minds Conference is centered around finding real solutions for real Charlotte issues. Wethinknext #CityJamCLT is an event where you can create the future! Learn more and register for free here
* April 5 - Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer *

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte 28203. Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking! Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity where you can learn more about usour partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. At 6:30, you'll hear from Sustain Charlotte Silver Partner, Stantec, who will share about their sustainability efforts. There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.
April 8 - NC BREATHE Conference

8:00am - 5:00pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202. This is ann interactive forum for North Carolinians to share the latest research related to the impacts air pollution has on human health, the environment, and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy making plays. For more information and to register, click here
April 19 - KEEPING WATCH on AIR Science Cafe

5:30pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202. The Charlotte Area Science Network presents a Science Café discussion on air quality, featuring Dr. Brian Magi of the UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. This presentation discusses air quality science, already successful efforts by our county air quality office to mitigate air quality problems, and what sort of air quality problems may emerge in the coming decade as Charlotte grows. Sustain Charlotte is a community partner of the Keeping Watch Alliance! For more information, click here
* April 21 - 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards *

5:30pm - 8:30pm @ LaCa Projects Gallery, 1429 Bryant Street, Charlotte 28208. Please join us for an inspiring, informative, and exciting evening on Earth Day eve to celebrate our region's most outstanding sustainability leaders! Click here to learn more.
May 1 - Open Streets 704

12:00pm - 4:00pm. Open Streets 704 is a series of four Charlotte events made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not possible in a car. This event is family-friendly and FREE to all. Sustain Charlotte is a community partner for this event! Click here to learn more.
We are happy to announce that Healthy Home Market joined our organizational partner network at the Bronze levelWe are proud to have their support of our mission and your community!



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Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America


#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Belk - Boingo Graphics - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - National Gypsum - NC GreenPower - New Belgium Brewing - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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