December 20 Weekly Brief

This year, YOU can give the gift of sustainability! Here are some things we think everyone deserves to have: 


A quality home in a great neighborhood, regardless of your income. 



An easy and affordable commute.


Strong businesses in the heart of Uptown.


Streets safe for everyone -- no matter your age, ability, neighborhood or how you travel.


Green space for future generations.


YOUR gift will help us continue to be the local voice for all of these things in the Charlotte region! 
Give the gift that Sustains Charlotte by donating $25, $50, $100 or more today!

If you'd like to make a donation in honor of someone, please email Christine at [email protected]. Please include the name and email of the honoree and we will send him/her a note letting them know your donation was made in their honor!




Join our team as a communications intern for spring 2017!


Are you looking or do you know someone who is looking for a Communications Internship? We're seeking a qualified intern to join our team for 10-20 hours per week January through May 2017!

Click here to learn more and apply!


Do Charlotte Leaders Really Know How Much Traffic a New Development Will Bring? [The Charlotte Observer]

"With Charlotte in the midst of a record building boom, Charlotte City Council is being asked to approve more and bigger requests from developers for new projects. And when they weigh the costs against the benefits, City Council members rely on estimates from city staff about how many car trips a day, new students for local schools and other impacts those projects will create...planning staff and City Council are working to identify better ways to understand the effects of their decisions to approve new projects." Charlotte, like most growing U.S. cities, is experiencing more and more traffic congestion. Will we make the investments that Charlotte needs NOW in infrastructure for walking, biking, and transit so that our current and future residents can have choices about how to get around?

Construction Set to Start Soon on New Scaleybark Development [The Charlotte Observer]

"Pappas Properties said construction will start soon on the first phase of its long-planned Scaleybark Station development next to the light rail, on a prominent site that’s sat vacant as South End booms...Scaleybark Partners, led by Peter Pappas, was selected by the city to develop the site in 2007. Charlotte spent $9.3 million assembling about 18 acres. To make sure low-income housing would be included, the city’s Housing Trust Fund paid $2 million so the land could be sold to Scaleybark Partners at a discount. But the developers haven’t secured federal tax credits needed to complete the plan." We're glad to see more development planned near transit! It's important that it includes affordable housing that the city has invested in.

How Vancouver Became North America's Car-Free Capital [CityLab]

"When it comes to nudging drivers out of cars, Vancouver ranks as North America’s biggest success story. Fully 10 percent of commutes to work are on bikes, far exceeding U.S. and Canadian cities of a comparable size. As of 2015, half of all trips within city limits are taken on foot, bike, or transit—a goal the city had hoped to reach by 2020." What if owning a car became an option rather than a necessity? While it doesn't hurt to be the only major North American city without a freeway through it, Vancouver's paradigm shift came when the city committed to investing in mass transit and safe bicycle infrastructure -- the same approach we're urging Charlotte to take!


* January 11: 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 6:30, our program will begin and you'll hear from special guest Clean Air Carolina! Everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 

Note: In an effort to continue to sustain our events and programs (including our Monthly Mixers) into the new year, we're asking that all non-members donate just $5 to attend this event. Not a member? Join today for just $5/month or $60/year to attend all future mixers at no cost, plus receive other great benefits!


We're happy to announce that Abundant Power Group has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold 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!



Free Range Brewing - TreeCycle America - Wooden Robot Brewery


#thesavageway - Abundant Power Group, LLC - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - The Center for Intentional Leadership - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - Epic Capital Wealth Management - Integra Design Group - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing -



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