April 18 Weekly Brief!

Have you seen this really cool fly over video of the new Blue Line Extension? Watch it now to see what it looks like and how it will help connect Charlotte!


Our 2017 Awards raffle has 5 amazing packages (valued at $750 - $2,300) that you could win for just $20! And the best part? You do NOT have to be present to win!

Here's a sneak peak at what the packages include:

Raffle package #1: Local Craft Beer and Spirits! - $782 value

Includes gift certificates and items from 19 local breweries, cideries and distilleries!

Raffle package #2: Dunhill, Dinner and Diamonds! - $900 value
Treat that special someone to a romantic overnight and surprise her with something sparkly! 

Raffle package #3: Explore Charlotte!  - $1,042 value
This package has it all...
Passes and tickets to an array of fun stuff to do around Charlotte as well as 12 gift certificates from an array of Charlotte restaurants!

Raffle package #4: Sports and Outdoor Adventure! - $1,432 value
If you like outdoor games and adventure, this package is for you! 

Raffle package #5: Co-working office space at LEVEL! - $2,388 value 
This package includes 12 months of co-working space at one of the coolest offices around! 

Click here for package item details and to buy your tickets now (online raffle ticket sales will end on 4/25)!

All proceeds benefit Sustain Charlotte and our programs! Many thanks to all of our generous raffle donors for making our 2017 Awards raffle possible!

Our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration is only one week from today! Do you have your ticket yet?

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 on April 26 to meet our 2017 Sustain Charlotte Award winners, while noshing on nine unique tapas with ROOTS Catering

This event will sell out! Don't wait, get your tickets now (includes two drinks, and a diverse selection of tapas):

Many thanks to our event sponsors: 

Gold Sponsors Rodgers BuildersMoore & Van AllenWhole Foods Market; 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.

Join Sustain Charlotte for a free, family-friendly cycling tour of the newest public art installations from Inside Out 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! 

Guided by docents from our partners at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and The City of Charlotte Bicycle Advisory Committee, participants will hear the significance of equity-inspired art pieces and the story of how they came to West Charlotte.  

The ride is free with available B-Cycles! We are accepting $20 donations to benefit Sustain Charlotte's bicycle program and advocacy work!  


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 our Open Streets 704 activity booth!

On May, 7 Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people!

We need several volunteers to pass out information on our work and help facilitate our fun booth activity. At our booth, we'll be encouraging Open Streets participants to embrace their artistic side and contribute to a paint-by-numbers Charlotte-themed mural! This is a great opportunity to engage with our cause and be part of an amazing community event!

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

WHERE: Our booth will be set up at the 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

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. 

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


How Not to Create Traffic Jams, Pollution and Urban Sprawl [The Economist]

"Parking can seem like the most humdrum concern in the world. Even planners, who thrill to things like zoning and floor-area ratios, find it unglamorous. But parking influences the way cities look, and how people travel around them, more powerfully than almost anything else. " Minimum parking requirements and free parking are a leading cause of traffic, air pollution and sprawl -- all of which have enormous economic, social, and environmental costs. Given these high costs, why are we still requiring new buildings to provide so much parking and offering it to drivers for free? We must stop.

Charlotte Loves Its Trees. That Might Not Be Enough to Keep the City Green. [The Charlotte Observer]

"The green mantle that is beginning to shade city streets is spring’s reminder that Charlotte, for all its asphalt, holds one of the nation’s grandest urban forests. But Charlotte’s vision of becoming an ever-greener City of Trees faces this reality: Trees are falling faster than young ones can replace them." The city needs to adopt and enforce a policy in which every tree that is lost due to age, development, disease, or weather is replaced by a new tree - as in Atlanta. This would allow us to reach our tree canopy goal.

Pedestrian Deaths Rising in Charlotte. In US, They Hit Highest Rate in 40 years [The Charlotte Observer]

"Pedestrian deaths by vehicles grew at a higher rate last year than at any other time in the past 40 years, a new study found, and Charlotte and the Carolinas also saw significant increases. The study by the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that the number of pedestrians killed last year increased by 11 percent over 2015." We urge pedestrians to cross at crosswalks. But we have way too many long stretches of busy streets without crosswalks or signals! This is why we advocate for safe streets for pedestrians of all ages and ability levels throughout Charlotte.

Seattle’s Transportation Transformation [Urban Land Magazine]

"To summarize the Seattle playbook: In areas with frequent, cheap mobility-as-a-service, build density and parking to market while providing high-quality experiences for people walking and biking. Manage the use of streets with care and agility. For existing parking, take a coordinated approach to maximize its effectiveness and eventual contraction." We love these guidelines for development in Seattle that prioritize people over cars!


* 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!


* May 10 - 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 Epic Capital Wealth Management 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 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! 

May 3 - Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Little Sugar Creek Greenway Cordelia Park Segment / Cross Charlotte Trail

4:30pm - 5:15pm @ 700 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Don't miss the exciting opening of  this greenway segment that extends the Little Sugar Creek Greenway from Parkwood Avenue through Cordelia Park to 24th Street at Davidson. This is a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties and two states. This segment was built jointly by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. After the Ribbon Cutting, come celebrate the kick off of the Greenways for Mecklenburg Foundation! Take a walk down the Greenway to the Free Range Brewery, located at 2320 N Davidson St.


We're happy to announce that Google Fiber and Bike Source have joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Silver 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 - 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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