January 26 Weekly Brief!

Were excited to introduce Kate Cavazza as Sustain Charlotte's new Bicycle Program Manager! 


Photo: Kate Cavazza, Sustain Charlotte's new Bicycle Program Manager

Kate arrived from her home state of Pennsylvania just last week. She is thrilled to expand our bicycle advocacy in the Charlotte community, and we're excited to have her join our team! Click here to learn more about her background and accomplishments! 

Charlotte's recent transportation survey results are creating quite the buzz!


Photo: According to CDOT's biennial 2016 Transportation Survey, 86% want to see roads designed for everyone, 
not just those who drive cars. Photo by Alex Walker

Last week, we were welcomed as a guest on WBT's Carolina Focus to talk about recent surveys by the Charlotte Dept. of Transportation and the Urban Land Institute that revealed Charlotteans' overwhelming desires for better pedestrian, bicycle and transit options!

Click here to listen to the recording (starting at 6m:35s)!

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!



Help improve economic conditions for the Greater Charlotte Region!

Sustain Charlotte is serving on the Advisory Committee for the update process of our region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This tool will help us capitalize on our strengths and work to overcome our weaknesses, creating a more viable and prosperous region.

Your input on a regional survey will deepen our understanding about what is most important to local residents and business owners in Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union Counties and the region as a whole. 

Click here to take the survey, and please share it with others throughout the region.

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.


Lemons to Lemonade, Streetcar Hopes: Foxx Reflects [PlanCharlotte]

"There are two ways transportation affects access. The first way is the most obvious – someone who lives in an underserved area can gain access to a good school, good job, to good health care and a variety of other necessities. Transportation also functions as a catalyst for place-making. While that’s commonly accepted in the economic development arena – like when a business is relocating and needs a new road to create access – it isn’t commonly as well accepted as a method of neighborhood revitalization." We completely agree with former Charlotte Mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx that transportation is critical to accessing opportunities and economic development!


* 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 GroupWell-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 complete an 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 proposed pilot 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 2017*

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.


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. 

March 28 - 2017 NC BREATHE Conference

Full day @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Join for full day of sharing the latest research on air quality’s impact on health, the environment, and the economy and discussing our collective challenges and opportunities for clean air solutions. Click here to register and view the featured speakers.


We're happy to announce our new partners!

shook kelley has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Platinum level and Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room and Queen City Bicycles have joined at the Bronze 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 - Weeklyrides.com



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