May 18 Weekly Brief!

Next Monday, City Council will vote on Charlotte BIKES, CDOT’s plan over the next five years to work toward making it safer for people of all ages and abilities to use a bicycle for transportation, fun, and fitness. We have worked closely with CDOT on strengthening the draft bike plan during the public input period, and now we need YOU to voice your support

To ensure this plan is approved, City Council needs to hear from you! Be sure and tell them you not only support Charlotte BIKES, but that you also want to see it funded immediately.  (Read the reasons why we support Charlotte BIKES.)


** Send an email to City Council.  If you want to copy and paste a pre-written letter we have written, click here. **

Did you know that Friday is National Bike to Work Day 

This national event encourages more folks to give biking a try and see how stress-free your commute can be without getting stuck in traffic! Be sure to log your trip via for a chance to win prizes and help meet the goal of driving a million fewer miles in Charlotte by October! 

How easy is it to ride the bus along 7th St or South Tryon?


Building on an illuminating first Walk2Transit audit on South Boulevard, last week we were joined by volunteers to check out conditions for transit riders on South Tryon Street and 7th Street. 

As we examine different locations around the city, we’re finding familiar barriers faced by people who need to walk to bus stops.

Read our blog post to hear what our volunteers shared at the end of our South Tryon tour!

Charlotte has the worst traffic congestion in the state. With 44 people per day moving to town, traffic just keeps getting worse. Can our infrastructure keep up or is permanent gridlock in our future?

Sustain Charlotte's Director will be one of the guests on WFAE's Charlotte Talks this coming Tuesday (5/23) at 9am to talk about transportation and traffic in Charlotte! Mark your calendar now and be sure to tune in!

Join us this Saturday to enjoy great food, great music, and plenty of fun for the whole family – even the four-legged members!

Whole Foods Market is hosting this exciting BBQ and Bluegrass festival to celebrate the opening of their brand new store and all proceeds will be donated to support our work! Tickets are just $10 for non-Sustain Charlotte members and $5 for members (children under 10 are free)! 

Each ticket includes a BBQ plate (vegan options available), and full admission to all booths at the event! All proceeds will support our work to ensure that fresh and nutritious food is available and accessible in all neighborhoods!


Are you ready to kick-off the summer with a fun, free and family-friendly event? Register now for WalkCLT!

On June 2, we're celebrating the walkability of FreeMoreWest with our launch of #WalkCLT 2017!

Enjoy great deals from participating shops and restaurants, receive a free event t-shirt, and enjoy a stroll along the Stewart Creek Greenway to check out Blue Blaze brewing! 

PLUS, you'll be the first to see the fun new pedestrian wayfinding signage at both ground and eye-level that will highlight the many walkable destinations in FreeMoreWest!

NOTE: There is an optional $10 ticket available for purchase that includes a beer ticket and custom live-printed t-shirt at Recover Brands.
Want to volunteer? We have three great ways you can get involved! Click here for details and to sign up for a shift!

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!



Stop by Wooden Robot for an exclusive beer and support Sustain Charlotte!

Each month, Wooden Robot will be partnering with a local charity or non-profit to raise awareness and funds. Every batch of Generously Hopped IPA will feature a brand new recipe and local non-profit, with $1 of every large pour and crowler fill benefiting a partner organization.   

We are pleased to announce that beginning May 17th their first partnership will be with Sustain Charlotte! It will be pouring in their taproom until this exclusive batch is gone!

Click here for more information, or just stop by and by Wooden Robot, buy a crowler of their Generously Hopped IPA and support Sustain Charlotte!  

We (still) need LOTS of volunteers for #WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest!

Using pedestrian wayfinding signs, #WalkCLT aims to raise awareness of the role that walking can play as a mode of transportation and the many social, environmental, and economic benefits that walking generates for ourselves and our community!

On June 2, we're bringing this initiative to FreeMoreWest with an exciting launch event and we want YOU to be a part of it!

You can help us make this fun community initiative a success by 1) Helping to distribute flyers in the area (5/23), 2) Joining our Ninja Sign Team and helping to place exciting new pedestrian wayfinding signs (5/30, 6/1) OR 3) Helping with day-of-event preparations (6/2). 

Click here for details and to sign up for a shift! Feel free to invite friends, family and/or co-workers to join you (just make sure they sign up as well)!

All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt and wristband to participate in the event!  


The Poor Often Get Shafted by Development in Charlotte. Can Government Fix That? [The Charlotte Observer]

“It’s getting so cost-prohibitive to live in these vibrant parts of the city,” said Mumford. “If we continue on this trajectory of pricing people out, this city will look a lot different than we want it to.” Charlotte needs to do a better job of balancing economic growth and protecting social equity for our most vulnerable residents when they're being displaced from their neighborhoods. There's a growing shortage of affordable housing within reasonable proximity to jobs, transit, and daily destinations. That's costly to everyone in the long run. 

Here’s How Much Time Charlotte Drivers Waste in Traffic. (It’s Worse than We Thought.) [The Charlotte Observer]

"No drivers in the state waste more time in traffic than the ones in the Charlotte area, who lose 40 hours a year due to congestion." What else could you be doing with an extra 40 hours per year? Area residents urgently need practical, safe, and affordable alternatives to driving alone!


* June 2 - #WalkCLT 2017 in FreeMoreWest *

5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Recover Brands (1518 Bryant St, Charlotte, NC 28208)

In 2015, Sustain Charlotte teamed up with OrthoCarolina and #thesavageway to bring a first-of-its-kind walking initiative to the Plaza Midwood Business District to promote walking as a form of transportation. On June 2, we're launching our second #WalkCLT initiative in FreeMoreWest! Join us for this free and family friendly event event to explore the neighborhood, new greenway and enjoy great deals from participating local businesses! 


* June 14 - 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 ULI Charlotte who will be presenting the Urban Ideas Competition and winning team! This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 


May 20 - BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Benefiting Sustain Charlotte

4:00pm - 7:00pm @ Whole Foods Market Waverly, 7221 Waverly Walk Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277.

Join us for a preview celebration of Whole Foods Market Waverly, opening at the corner of 485 and Providence Road. Enjoy great food, great music (Jim Garrett Band), and plenty of fun for the whole family – even the four-legged members! All proceeds from this event (hosted by Whole Foods Market) will be donated to Sustain Charlotte! Tickets are $10 for non Sustain Charlotte members and $5 for Sustain Charlotte members and include a BBQ plate (vegan options available) and full admission to all booths at the event. Register here!

May 20 - Fresh Expo

11:00am - 5:00pm @ Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211.

The Fresh Expo is an exciting event that showcases local, regional and national businesses and organizations that are innovative leaders in healthy, green, eco and sustainable living impacting the Charlotte metropolitan community. We'll have a booth at this event! Join us to learn about health and wellness, cleaner technologies and green innovations in transportation, energy and sustainability! Use promo code "symphonypark" to register in advance for FREE general admissionLearn more.

May 20 - East Charlotte Spring Celebration

9:00am - 1:00pm @ Memorial United Methodist Church, 4012 Central Ave. Charlotte, 28205 

Join us at the swing located in front of Memorial United Methodist Church to celebrate the Central Avenue Front Porch Swing project!  There will be free paletas (Mexican fresh fruit popsicles) beginning at 10am at the swing, while the church will be hosting a community event that includes free auto safety inspections from NAPA, free bicycle safety inspections from The Bike Medic, free kids’ activities, free classic car show, and food (for sale). We will have a table at this celebration, so be sure to come see us!

May 27 - Fat Tire Presents Tour de Fat (benefiting Bike Walk NC)

4:00pm - 9:00pm @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. 

Expect to experience the unexpected. This event features A Thousand Horses and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Proceeds from the Charlotte Tour de Fat benefit Bike Walk NCClick here to get tickets! Want a free ticket? Sign up to volunteer here!

There will also be a 10-mile bike ride sponsored by Women on Wednesday and the Spoke Easy crew on May 24th! The first fifty riders get a free beer at Duckworths!


We're happy to announce that ULI Charlotte has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold Level, and Blue Blaze Brewing has 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 
ULI Charlotte -


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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