Weekly Brief June 1!

Curious what our guest speakers had to say about Charlotte's transportation system at our event last week?


CATS CEO John Lewis Jr emphasized the importance of investing in transit to build a vibrant city! 

Sustain Charlotte and Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks recently led a tour of the many sustainable options that our city's residents and workers can choose from for commuting, exploring, and even living without a car. 

The benefits of transit, walking, and cycling for transportation became quite obvious thanks to our incredible guest speakers! We learned how "out of the car" transportation options support sustainable urban land use, cleaner air, and economic opportunity for all.

Click here for more on what was said by some of Charlotte's key leaders, including John Lewis Jr the CEO of CATS!

Our 'MEGA MIXER' is next week! Don't miss out!


We're partnering with Tour de TurnsFriendship TraysCharlotte Cycles and Triple C Brewing Company for this unique, collaborative event!

Join us on Tuesday, June 7, anytime between 4pm and 8pm for great food, people, and an exciting raffle!

PLUS, for each beer you purchase, Triple C Brewing is generously donating $1 to support our work and Friendship Trays!

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invite your friends on Facebook!

#ibikeCLT Campaign Update:

Great news just in! The national bicycle advocacy organization, PeopleForBikes, has chosen Sustain Charlotte to receive a $7,500 grant in support of our #ibikeCLT campaign! 

In their words: "We believe this project has great potential to improve the environment for bicycling in your community and we are pleased to be able to support it."

We are grateful for their support and look forward to seeing our campaign make an even greater impact!


1,398 people have signed our online statement of support and over 750 have signed offline!

Over 2,000 local residents are asking Charlotte City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! Add your name and join them! 



Support this campaign that raises awareness for the dangerous conditions bike commuters face everywhere -- including Charlotte!


Backpedal - A documentary on our addiction to cars:

One of the hottest topics in Charleston, SC right now is traffic. The city is rapidly growing, creating infrastructure difficulties in accommodating the population increase... sound familiar?

Alternative forms of transportation, such as biking, walking, or skateboarding, are becoming more and more popular in dense urban areas where cars struggle with gridlock on a daily basis. But every time you get on a bike you run the risk of getting hurt or killed by a frustrated driver.

This documentary includes exclusive interviews with national experts on transportation and city infrastructure, and explores the obstacles at hand in a world obsessed with driving. 

Click here to read more and support!

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)!*



2-Year-Old Development Grows Into a Has-It-All Neighborhood [The Charlotte Observer]

“In doing these mixed-use developments, you’re really trying to create a world we grew up in when we were younger, that Main Street kind of environment, and we kinda got away from that....What we want to do is have the kind of place where you can park your car, and spend hours or a day here and they’re comfortable coming to the entire development." This is exactly the kind of walkable mixed-use development or region needs more of!

Little Sugar Creek Becomes a Living Lab for Students [The Charlotte Observer]

"Dozens of Charlotte students immersed themselves in science this academic year by studying Little Sugar Creek... The study’s goal was to learn how Little Sugar’s condition changes as it flows south. But the real purpose was to connect students with their local watershed through hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM." We protect what we understand and appreciate. What a great project to help students understand the value of protecting their community's natural resources!


June 1 - Film Screening: U.S. National Whitewater Center's EXPLORE. Chapter Three. 

8:00pm @ Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204. Hear stories from a cycling trip across Cuba with the USNWC’s Adam Bratton, Cooper Lambla, Tyler Allyn and Jeff Wise. This event will include a slideshow presentation followed by a screening of the short film, EXPLORE. Chapter Three. This event is free and open to the public. Meet at The Spoke Easy @ 6pm for a group ride to the event! Click here for details.

June 4 - National Trails Day

11:00am - 3:00pm @ the South Fork Trail and Blueway, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC. The Carolina Thread Trail is celebrating National Trails Day with a free, family-friendly event at the South Fork Trail, and everyone is invited! Enjoy guided nature hikes, free kayak rentals for paddling on the South Fork River, lawn games, live music, Papi Queso food truck, Rivermen Brewing Company and more. Click here to learn more.

* June 7 - Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Mega Mixer - A Special Collaboration! *

4:00pm - 6:00pm e-bike demos, 6:00pm - 8:00pm program. @ Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203. For the month of June, the Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer is partnering with Tour de TurnsFriendship TraysCharlotte Cycles and Triple C Brewing Company for an exciting, family-friendly event! Join us at Triple C Brewing Company for great local brews, E-bike demos, and a fantastic raffle where you'll have a chance to win a brand new E-bike provided by Charlotte CyclesTriple C Brewing is generously donating $1 from each beer sold to Sustain Charlotte and Friendship Trays! Click here to RSVP.

June 9 - Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference Panel: Bicycling Charlotte

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. 9th, Charlotte 28202. This panel will discuss the state of bicycling in our region with respect to people, institutions, governments, and other social actors.  Our panel of local experts will help us understand the social dimensions of bicycling issues in Charlotte.  The moderated discussion will explore ways to increase the numbers and diversity of bicyclists, how we can increase the social benefits of bicycling, how bicyclists and their advocates work together, and whether there is a social imperative for bicycling that could quicken the pace of developing a bicyclist-friendly community. Our Bicycle Program Director, Jordan Moore, will be on this panel! Click here to learn more and to register. 


We're proud to announce that GREFFEN Systems has renewed their membership in the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! We're proud to have their support of our mission and your community! 

According to their website, GREFFEN Systems "provides energy efficient technology solutions that are proven to reduce both energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 25 percent."



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 - The Center for Intentional Leadership - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - National Gypsum - NC GreenPower - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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