April 12 Weekly Brief!

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


At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from Jeff Viscount of Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner WeeklyRides.com who will tell you about some great upcoming community events! 

Then, we'll raffle off healthy treats for your furry friends from Four Dogs Pet Supplies 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:


Check out our first #Walk2Transit walkability audit and sign up for one! 


Watch a clip of our Walk2Transit volunteers sharing their thoughts after our walkability tour. 

"I normally drive when I commute, so it was interesting kind of taking on the perspective of someone that has to walk all the time and how scary that can be." That's what one of our Walk2Transit volunteers told us at the end of a guided walking tour aimed at documenting conditions for transit riders who walk to bus stops. 

Want to make a tangible contribution to help improve transit in Charlotte? We need LOTS of volunteers to join us for short walking audits of bus stops all around town in April and May. No experience is needed, so just bring your enthusiasm and comfortable walking shoes. 

Click here to read our blog post about the first tour. Then check out our map of scheduled tours and sign up for one or more today! Walk2Transit is funded by TransitCenter.

Update on the new rules shaping Charlotte's growth!


Interim Planning Director Ed McKinney shared the progress being made towards finalizing the Place Types Palette, which will be the foundation for developing the City's new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). 

Predictability is often missing from Charlotte's development process. If we expect to grow sustainably for decades to come, we must create a vision now of what that growth should look like in different parts of the city. 

So why update our zoning? Read our blog to learn more about the city's Unified Development Ordinance process that was discussed at the April 10 Charlotte City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting!

What's on the menu for the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration?


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. 

Join us at the 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration to meet our 2017 winners, while noshing on nine unique tapas with ROOTS Catering! Space is limited! Get your tickets now:


Many thanks to our event sponsors: 

Gold Sponsors Rodgers BuildersMoore & Van Allen; and Silver Sponsors Blumenthal FoundationCenter For Intentional LeadershipDuke EnergyO2 emcS&D Coffee and TeaHealthy Home Market. Bronze Sponsors: LittleJavesca CoffeeInfinity Engineering Group. Food Sponsor ROOTS Catering; Media Sponsor Charlotte Magazine; Print Sponsor Boingo Graphics; Photography Sponsor Sean Busher Imagery; Wine Sponsor: Dover Vineyards; Beer Sponsor: Legion Brewing.

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!



Attend a CDOT or Sustain Charlotte walking tour to help improve the safety of our streets!

Sustain Charlotte has been partnering with West Boulevard neighborhood residents since summer 2016 to plan for safer streets. Come on one or more of these walking tours to learn about conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders on West Blvd and to share your ideas for improvements! Click here to learn more about the three CDOT tours. 

West Tyvola Road to Remount Road
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (6 p.m.)
Where: West Boulevard Branch Library

Billy Graham Parkway to West Tyvola Road
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (6 p.m.)
Where: CMPD Westover Division

Remount Road to Camden Road
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 (6 p.m.)
Where: Calvary United Methodist Church

Sustain Charlotte also needs tons of volunteers to help with our #Walk2Transit walking audit. Click here to find a tour and sign up!

Be part of the protected bike lane demo at Open Streets 704!

The May 7th Open Streets event will feature a protected bike lane demo on The Plaza from Commonwealth to Belvedere.  Sustain Charlotte will be working with CDOT (Charlotte Department of Transportation) to capture the experiences of riders as they use the temporary facility.  

We are looking for 3 to 5 volunteers to greet riders as they enter/exit the demo and to gather feedback by collecting questionnaires! These evaluations are critical to gauging public support and advancing future cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects on The Plaza!

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 11:00am - 5:00pm (two shifts available)

WHERE: Our booth will be set up at the intersection of intersection of Commonwealth and the Plaza. To view the full Open Streets route map and activities, click here.

If interested, please email Branyn at [email protected] and let her know which shift you’re available. SHIFT 1: 11am - 2:30pm; SHIFT 2: 2:30pm - 5pm

Apply for the Emerging City Champions Program!

Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young innovators with creative ideas to improve public space, mobility, and civic engagement in their cities. The Champions receive $5,000 in seed funding to implement their city building idea, an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto, ON for a four-day workshop, and ongoing support and mentorship throughout the year.

The application deadline is April 24. Click here to learn more and apply!

Volunteer at our Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration!

We're in need of several volunteers for our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration on April 26th to help with check-in, selling raffle tickets and helping with our live auction.  You will also have the opportunity to meet nine award-winning sustainability leaders from our community and nosh on tapas from ROOTS Catering!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (volunteers arrive at 4:30/5pm)

WHERE: LaCa Projects Gallery, 1429 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208.

If interested, please email Laura Heiser at [email protected].


New York City Transit Expert Says Charlotte Should Drop its Focus on Cars [The Charlotte Observer]

"With the passion of a politician rallying supporters and the zeal of a preacher riling up the faithful, Janette Sadik-Khan told a crowd of hundreds in uptown Charlotte a simple message: It’s time to stop designing streets mostly for cars. 'It is a fight we can win,” said Sadik-Khan, speaking in McGlohon Theater. 'It is a fight we must win, because when you change the street you change the world.'" We're inspired by the huge improvements to New York's streets in such a short period of time due to this leader's vision and action. Charlotte can make our streets safer and more pleasant for everyone, too!

Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier [Urban Land Institute]

"A North Carolina Department of Transportation study found that a one-time investment of $6.7 million for a network of bike lanes in the Outer Banks has yielded an annual NINE-to-ONE return on investment thanks to increased bicycle tourism." Check out this Urban Land Institute report about the interactions between walking, bicycling, and real estate! Infrastructure to help people travel safely without the need for a car is a smart investment for Charlotte's future.

From NIMBY to YIMBY: What a Difference a Generation (and an urban housing shortage) Makes [Corporate Knights]

"NIMBYism (which stands for “Not in my backyard”) has been met with a reactive, countervailing cultural force. In cities all across the country, people fed up with unaffordable housing, traffic congestion, long commutes, and the various social ills that result from poor urban planning have decided to do something about it. They call themselves YIMBYs, and they’re organizing and pressuring their elected officials to set up smart growth projects – especially multifamily dwellings – in, yes, their backyards (or at least nearby)." What if more people began to say "YES!" to projects that would make their neighborhood and city more sustainable? Learn more by watching this YouTube video!


* TONIGHT: April 12 - 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 WeeklyRides 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: 


* 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 unique tapas with ROOTS Catering! Ticket purchase includes two drinks, delicious local food, and an evening of celebration you don't want to miss! Click here to view our 2017 nominees.


* May 6 - Art For All | Bikes For All Spring Ride * 

10:00am - 1:00pm beginning at Seversville Park, 530 S Bruns Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Come join Sustain Charlotte for a family-friendly cycling tour of the newest public art installations from Inside|Out Charlotte! Participants will learn the significance of these equity-inspired art pieces and the story of how they came to West Charlotte. Meet fellow art enthusiasts, community members and cyclists of all abilities on this relaxed pace, low-stress route along the Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways that welcomes everyone! Festivities kick off at 10am in Seversville Park and end with lunch or a beer at Blue Blaze Brewery at noon! The ride is free!  A $20 donation benefits Sustain Charlotte's bicycle program and advocacy work!


April 22 - Roots Festival — Earth Day at Savona

12:00pm - 5:00pm @ Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S Turner Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.

The First Annual Roots Festival hosted by Savona 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! Free admission. We will be attending this event and hope to see you there! 


We're happy to announce that Whole Foods Market has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! Healthy Home Market (Bronze) has also renewed their membership! 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 - Little - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Natural Awakenings - Optima Engineering  - S&D Coffee & Tea - Weeklyrides.com

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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