Weekly Brief April 5!

Join us for tonight's Monthly Mixer at Wooden Robot Brewery from 6 - 7:30pm! 

At 6:30, our featured speaker and Silver Partner Stantec will tell us about how their work inspires sustainable development through design.


This event is free and open to the public. Join us to learn more about our work, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues! Twisted Eats food truck will be on site. 


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Did you know that protected bike lanes can be part of street redesigns that greatly boost retail performance? 

After the construction of a protected bike lane on New York City’s 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales!

Get inspired to support our #iBikeCLT campaign for a protected bike lane in Charlotte, and watch our latest video:


We need volunteers for our 2016 Sustain Charlotte Awards Event on April 21 at the beautiful LaCa Projects Gallery!

If you are available to help with set up, check-in, and various other tasks between 4pm - 9pm, please respond to this email and let us know. 

All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the event (includes food and beverage). 

Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this fun and unique event to celebrate our region's progress toward sustainability!


We're proud to welcome Boingo Graphics 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), Google Fiber (Platinum), Rodgers (Gold), LITTLE (Gold), Charlotte Magazine (Gold), S&D Coffee and Tea (Silver), O2 emc (Silver), Duke Energy (Silver), Blumenthal Foundation (Silver), Moore & Van Allen (Silver), Whole Foods Market (Silver), Healthy Home Market (Silver), Sean Busher Imagery (Silver), NC Sustainable Energy Association (Bronze), Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (Bronze).

Last week, our Bicycle Program Director Jordan Moore was engaging the youth at Discovery Place!

As part of their summer camp program, Jordan spoke with more than 150 fourth graders and their parents about how and why to use their bicycles as a form of transportation.

The City's ultimate goal is to divert 100% of waste from landfills!

The City Council Environment Committee's conversation about whether or not to continue providing trash and recycling pickup at multi-family properties began several months ago...

During two public input sessions, many residents of apartments, condos, and townhomes have shared their concerns about rising costs, equity, and environmental impact. Both the Council Budget Committee and Environment Committee have been working on this issue.

Click here to read what staff presented as the four options for the city's policy on solid waste service for commercial multi-family properties at this week's Environment Committee meeting.

Our #iBikeCLT campaign for a protected bike lane through Uptown Charlotte has received national attention! 

Check out this article on People for BikesClick here to add your voice the petition!

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)!*



How Zoning Shapes Your Daily Life, Even If You Don’t Know It [PlanCharlotte] 

"As you may be aware, Charlotte is beginning a long-overdue rewriting of its zoning ordinance. To be sure, zoning tops many people’s list of the most boring and obtuse topics. So it’s easy to understand why this multiyear process might fail to generate much public enthusiasm or desire to participate. But zoning is much more important than most people realize. It’s the 'invisible web' of regulations that dictate the form and functionality of every American city." This is a great article by Urban Planning expert Dr. David Walters that explains how zoning affects our quality of life, and how we can update it to create the vibrant community we want!

Enormous New Development Planned Between Charlotte’s Airport and Catawba River [The Charlotte Observer]

"Two Charlotte development companies unveiled a plan Tuesday to transform a large swath of mostly wooded land between the city’s airport and the Catawba River into thousands of homes, a major office district, shops, hotels, parks and a waterfront – a plan comparable in scale to Ballantyne. 'We have an opportunity to have a foundation of sustainability around the water concept,' [said Brian Leary, President of Crescent’s mixed-use division]. 'The slope, and the topography and the creeks really gives us an opportunity to celebrate that, protect it and make it an asset, as much as previously over the last say 40 to 50 years it might have been seen as an obstacle. We see it as an asset.'" We are impressed with Crescent's commitment to making this project a model of sustainable development for Charlotte, and their view of the river and creeks as assets rather than obstacles. 

Do I Drive Around Charlotte Because My Commute is Unwalkable or Because It’s a Habit? [Charlotte Agenda]

"I’ve decided time can’t be the metric by which I measure the value of walking versus driving. Rather than view walking as a slow-moving time suck, I’d like to focus on what it adds to my life–45 minutes of exercise, 45 minutes to get up in my head and think, 45 minutes to immerse myself in the place I call home." Walking or riding a bike to work (or even to lunch) may take a bit longer than driving, but it will improve your life. Try it!

The Earth-Helping, Money-Saving, Stress-Relieving Bike Life [Charlotte Magazine] 

"Charlotte's population is expected to grow by about 400,000 people in the next 25 years—roughly the population of the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The need to offer residents alternative modes of transportation will increase, and 'citizens need to get involved with the vision,'"says our Bicycle Program Director, Jordan Moore. This is a great article that highlights the challenges and opportunities for making biking in Charlotte safer! We are working hard to get protected bicycle infrastructure in Charlotte, and believe that by improving safety, we could become the premier cycling city in the Southeast!

A Crusade to Defeat the Legacy of Highways Rammed Through Poor Neighborhoods [The Washington Post]

“The country is reaching the end of the useful life of a lot of our infrastructure, and we’re going to have to replace and rebuild a lot, so I want people to be thinking about this,” [USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx] said. “We ought to do it better than we did it the last time.” It's time for transportation infrastructure to serve ALL people, not just move cars and freight through the city as fast as possible!


Support our campaign for a protected bike lane through Uptown! 

Nearly 1,000 people have signed our statement of support asking City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! 

Help us reach our goal of 1,500 signatures! If you've already signed, please share it with your friends and family or post it to your social media!


Attend a CATS Public Workshop for LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study!

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is hosting four upcoming public workshops to discuss progress on the Lynx Silver Line/ Southeast Corridor Transit Study. Meetings will be held along the corridor Tuesday, April 5 through Thursday, April 7.

The four public meetings will not only inform the community on the progress of the study, but will give opportunities to provide thoughts and feedback.

Click here to view the dates and times near you!


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.
* 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 to 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 an 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.
April 29 to May 16 - BIKE! Charlotte

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling are once again joining forces to host one of Charlotte's most healthy and inspiring events: 2015 BIKE! Be sure to bring yourself and your family and friends out on two wheels to participate in our city's annual festival of bicycles! Click here to learn more. 

May 1 - Open Streets 704

11:00am - 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 will stretch from the NoDa neighborhood down North Davidson Street to Memorial Stadium at Seventh and Kings Drive. Family-friendly and FREE to all. Sustain Charlotte is a community partner for this event! Click here to learn more.
May 4 - Bike/Walk to School Day

Communities across the country use International Walk to School Day and National Bike to School Day to give visibility to the importance of safer and improved streets, healthier habits, and less traffic — one community at a time. Join in the fun! 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!



Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America


#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - 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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