January 19 Weekly Brief!

Are you looking for a way to not only better understand the sustainability needs of neighborhoods throughout Charlotte, but also partner with residents in a very hands-on way in support of their goals?


The SCCC connects like-minded volunteers who support Charlotte neighborhoods!

The SCCC is a diverse group of Sustain Charlotte volunteers who build partnerships with neighborhood residents, local organizations, and businesses to improve the long-term quality of life for residents. 

Last week, we held our first gathering of the year and discussed our upcoming partnership with the Lincoln Heights neighborhood for 2017. Alongside the residents, we'll support the neighborhood's social, economic, and environmental sustainability goals by highlighting the value of their local businesses, coordinating a community garden, distribution of Pop-Up Produce kits, and partnering on a health and wellness event. 

Want to be a part of our 2017 work with Lincoln Heights? Click here learn more and get involved TODAY!

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!



MONDAY: Speak in support of a safer and more accessible transportation network at Monday's Charlotte City Council meeting!

WHEN: Monday, January 23rd, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

WHERE: 1st floor Council chamber at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Charlotte City Council will hear public comments on Charlotte WALKS and the Charlotte Transportation Action Plan on Monday night, both of which will help the City correct identified weaknesses in the transportation network and meet the mobility needs of a rapidly growing population. 

We will speak in support of these plans during this meeting. YOUR voice will help us ensure these plans get approved! 

Click here to register to speak for up to 3 minutes
! We're happy to provide talking points, if you need them. Please email [email protected].

Take the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Survey to provide information that will help assess transportation needs, trends, and interests in the Charlotte area!

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan defines the policies, programs and projects to be implemented over the next 25 years in order to reduce congestion, improve safety, support land use plans, and provide mobility choices in the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization's (CRTPO) planning area. 

As the designated regional transportation planning entity for all of Iredell and Mecklenburg counties, and the western and central, urbanized portions of Union County, the CRTPO is responsible for the long range transportation planning efforts for the region.

Your responses, along with other forms of public input and technical expertise, inform the development process of the 2045 MTP.

Click here to take the survey now! To learn more about the MTP, click here.

Help organize our Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration this spring!  

The 2017 Sustain Charlotte Awards Celebration (April 20th) recognizes the most sustainable businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and individuals and also raises funds for Sustain Charlotte. 

This year, we're forming a volunteer committee to help plan the event. Committee volunteers will be asked to consistently attend 1-hr meetings every other week. The first meeting will be held the week of February 13th.  

For more information and/or if you are interested in becoming a committee member, e-mail [email protected]Click here to read more about Sustain Charlotte Awards Committee roles and responsibilities.  

Participate in the Greenway Design, Preference and Perception Survey to help improve our greenways!

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is conducting this survey to see how local greenways are currently being used and what amenities users would like to see added, such as more benches, more trash cans, etc. Survey results will be used to improve greenway design.

Click here to take the 5-10 minute survey!


One Side of Stonewall Street Is a Dead Zone for Pedestrians. Can It Be Fixed? [The Charlotte Observer]

"The south side of Stonewall Street is booming, with two new office buildings planned, hundreds of apartments under construction, as well as a Whole Foods adjacent to the Lynx Blue Line. But the other side of Stonewall is a dead zone. For three blocks on Stonewall, pedestrians walk past a loading dock of the Charlotte Convention Center and then a windowless wall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Much of South Brevard Street offers a similar view of nothing." A zoning waiver allowed the Nascar Hall of Fame to be built with large posters adorning its sides rather than windows or other active uses that our zoning code requires. Charlotte is growing too rapidly to still allow development without consideration for the experience of pedestrians!

Wealth Divides: Exploring the Stark Dividing Lines Between Rich and Poor in American Cities [ESRI]

"The growing gap between the top and bottom rungs of the socio-economic ladder has been a prominent topic of public discourse in recent years. Statistics vividly portray this phenomenon. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, the top one percent of earners enjoy twice the share of the nation's total income than they did in the mid-20th century. And for the first time in recorded history, the middle class no longer constitutes the nation's economic majority, as upper- and lower-class households together comprise over 50 percent of the population." Income inequality is on the rise throughout the country, and Charlotte's middle class shrank by 6.5% between 2000 and 2014. This article is full of incredible maps showing how very high and very low-income residents often live in adjacent but separate neighborhoods in various U.S. cities.


* February 8: 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 a presentation from Sustain Charlotte Gold Partner Integra Design Group + special guests Well-Run Media + Marketing and the City of Charlotte. This is a family-friendly event and everyone is warmly welcomed. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming: 
Note: In an effort to sustain our events and programs (including our Monthly Mixers), 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!

* February 23 - Uptown Connects public input meeting *

5:30pm - 7:30pm @ Seventh Street Public Market, 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is leading an effort in partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners to develop the Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study. The goal of this study is to identify challenges to and solutions for cycling and walking through Uptown between existing and future greenways and urban trail facilities. There will be a short presentation at 5:45 pm, followed by an open-house, drop-in format where you can hear more details about the study and provide your comments on the cycle track. This is your chance to tell the city you support #ibikeCLT and want to see safe, protected bike lanes throughout Charlotte! Mark your calendar now and tell your friends to join you!

* March 4 - #WalkCLT *

11:00am - 4:00pm @ Latta Park, 601 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203.

#WalkCLT returns this spring! In 2015, we brought a first-of-its-kind walking initiative, using pedestrian wayfinding signs to the Plaza Midwood Business District. This March, we're launching our second #WalkCLT initiative in the Dilworth neighborhood! If you live, work or play in the Dilworth area, join us on March 4 for this exciting community event powered by OrthoCarolina! Participants will walk to Latta Park to check-in, log their miles, and receive a free t-shirt and walking route. Then, enjoy the afternoon walking to various local shops and restaurants that will be offering specials and deals to participants that day! Fun and games for families will be happening all day long at Latta Park, too, so be sure to bring your children and furry friends along! Click below to learn more and rsvp.


January 21 - Learn to Ride Event

11:00am - 1:00pm @ McClintock Middle School, 1925 Rama Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.

It’s never too early (or too late!) learn to ride a two-wheeler! Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can Learn to Ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method. Join the fun at this FREE opportunity to Learn to Ride! Click here to learn more.

February 11 - REPURPOSED: An Upcycled Fashion Show + Auction 

5:00pm - 7:00pm @ LACA Projects, 1429 Bryant St. Charlotte, NC 28208.

This event will showcase how upcycling can reduce waste and improve your personal health. Through the fashion show, local designers will select “trashed” materials then upcycle them into fashionable clothing and furniture. This innovative happening occurs during Charlotte’s fashion week to engage and inform a diverse audience in the awareness and importance of reusing, upcycling and composting. To further the impact, Sustain Charlotte will benefit from the show and auction. We are proud to be a beneficiary of this event! Please join us to show your support for this wonderful event and our work in the community! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets. 


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 - Weeklyrides.com




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