May 3 Weekly Brief!

Against the stunning backdrop of the LaCa Projects Gallery in Uptown, Sustain Charlotte welcomed over 300 guests to celebrate the achievements of dozens of sustainability leaders based in the Charlotte region last Wednesday evening


Read our blog to view our award winners, event highlights and raffle outcome!

Many thanks to all our nominees, attendees and sponsors for their support of this event and our community!

Meet us Saturday at 10am in Seversville Park for Sustain Charlotte's free guided cycling tour of West Charlotte’s newest Inside|Out public art installations!  



  • Exciting speakers: Charles Thomas (Knight Foundation) + Alesha Jones (Miss Black North Carolina Ambassador)
  • Free B-Cycles (first come first served)
  • Expert docents from the Bechtler Museum and Harvey B. Gantt Center
  • Experienced ride leaders from Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Hopping Blue Blaze Brewing afterparty where proceeds benefit Sustain Charlotte’s bike program!  

For more details, check out the event’s Facebook page and pre-register on Eventbrite!  

Sunday is Open Streets 704, an event that will literally open three miles of city streets for an afternoon just for people!  


Look for Sustain Charlotte’s tent on the route at Commonwealth and The Plaza for the much anticipated protected bike lane demo on The Plaza.  

If you show up in style by decorating your bike, enter the costume contest by coming to the main-stage (Pecan and Commonwealth) at 1:00pm for 1:10pm judging! Prizes will be given in separate children and adult competitions. Blue Blaze Brewing gift cards hang in the balance!

Open Streets is still looking for event volunteers! Learn more about volunteer roles here.   

A BIG congratulations to our April Way2Go CLT team leaders and prize winners!


Way2Go Willie tracks the very real difference that your participation in Way2Go CLT is making each month!

Top participating companies in April:

1. HDR 
2. Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department 
3. Childress Klein 

Top participating neighborhoods in April:

1. Dilworth 
2. Plaza Midwood  
3. Sedgefield 

Winners of our April prize drawing (will be contacted by email):

Nathan D. won the Charlotte B-Cycle Annual Membership ($65 value)!      
Adam R. won the $20 gift card to Birdsong Brewing!  
Krissy O. won the Coffee and 1/2 off food item from Not Just Coffee!
Joe D. won the Basil Roll from Basil Thai Cuisine!   
Theresa R. won the CLT branded pint glass & cutting board from Green With Envy   
Cathleen D. won the Coffee and a Thermo-Mug from Port City Java   
Will W. won the $50 gift card to Something Classic in Uptown!  
Maresa G. won the grand prize -- a pair of “Nooka” Mercury Style sunglasses from Score Retail Lounge ($199 value)!   

Want chances to win more awesome prizes in May? You'll earn one entry for every 10 trips you log biking, walking, riding transit, carpooling or teleworking. You can log ANY trip of ANY length!

Not registered yet? It's time to join the fun! Visit to join an existing team, start a new team, or go solo.

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!



Attend a Walk2Transit walking audit with Sustain Charlotte!

You can help make tangible improvements to the walkability of Charlotte's highest need bus stops! This is a great activity do with friends, family or co-workers.

On May 9, take part in the Idlewild Rd. walking audit! The tour will be guided by Sustain Charlotte staff and you'll learn about the history and current state of Charlotte's transit system as we walk.

Sign up for the Idlewild Rd. Walking Audit
May 9th, 6:00 - 7:00pm 

Volunteer with us at the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival on May 20!

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! (Register here.)

We need several volunteers to help with registration and ticket sales at this event! 

WHEN: 3:30pm - 6:30pm
WHERE: Whole Foods Market Waverly (7221 Waverly Walk Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277)

Please respond to this email or email Branyn directly at [email protected] if interested!

Attend a Gold Line II Public Meeting!

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is hosting three public meetings to provide the community with an update on CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 construction. Attendees will learn about current and future construction and will have the opportunity to ask questions. There will be an introductory presentation at the beginning of each meeting. The information presented at each meeting will be the same.

Tuesday, May 9; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte NC

Wednesday, May 10; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library (Main)
310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte NC

Thursday, May 11; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church
510 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte NC

Attend the drop-in public workshop for Matheson Avenue Bridge Streetscape and Cross Charlotte Trail!

The Matheson Avenue Bridge streetscape project, part of the Applied Innovation Corridor, will provide pedestrian, bicycle and appearance improvements from North Tryon Street to Jordan Place. The Cross Charlotte Trail (Davidson to Matheson) is a one-mile segment of the 26-mile trail connecting Pineville to UNC Charlotte.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Avenue.

Drop in anytime between 6 and 7:30 p.m. to learn more about two new exciting projects in NoDa and the North End.

Can't attend? Participate in the virtual meeting May 10-17 at either or

We 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 walking generates for ourselves and our community!

On June 2, we are bringing this initiative to FreeMoreWest and we want YOU to be a part of it!

If you are interested in helping with pre-event sign placement (on May30th) and day-of-event preparations (on June 2nd) for #WalkCLT, click here to sign up! Feel free to sign up for both shifts and invite friends 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!  


‘Disgusting,’ Mecklenburg Official Says of Bill to Kill Buffer Rules [The Charlotte Observer]

"Mecklenburg County’s water quality chief [Rusty Rozzelle] said Wednesday he is 'disgusted' by state legislators in his own political party who are trying to kill longstanding shoreline protection rules along the Catawba River and its lakes, and creeks in Mecklenburg and other counties...'We are smart enough in this day and age to have both growth and a clean environment, but only if we use good science, which is not what’s going on in our state legislature right now,' he said." We agree with Mr. Rozzelle -- growth and water quality can and must co-exist.  Click here to learn what you can do to help. 

Trail Offers a New Way (Think Feet) to Get Across Charlotte [The Charlotte Observer]

"The latest addition to a 26-mile trail and greenway system that will stretch from Pineville to UNC Charlotte, through uptown, will be unveiled Wednesday. The Cross Charlotte Trail, when completed by the city and Mecklenburg County, will link commuters and recreational users to other trails, transportation, major employers and neighborhoods." We are thrilled about the new opportunities to travel by foot and bike that this segment will bring to the 80,000 people who live within a half-mile of the proposed route and more!

New Light Rail Line Isn’t Open Yet but 570 Apartments Are Rising Along the Tracks [The Charlotte Observer]

"Another apartment building is under construction along a Blue Line light rail extension stop just north of uptown, adding to the wave of development that’s reshaping what was long a largely industrial corridor next to the train tracks." Residential development is heating up close to Uptown along the Blue Line Extension! But so far, it doesn't look like much of it will be affordable.


* May 6 - Art For All | Bikes For All Spring Ride * 

10:00am - 12:00pm beginning at Seversville Park, 530 S Bruns Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Come join Sustain Charlotte for a family-friendly cycling tour of the newest public art installations from Inside|Out Charlotte! Participants will learn the significance of these equity-inspired art pieces and the story of how they came to West Charlotte. Meet fellow art enthusiasts, community members and cyclists of all abilities on this relaxed pace, low-stress route along the Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways that welcomes everyone! Festivities kick off at 10am in Seversville Park and end with lunch or a beer at Blue Blaze Brewery at noon! The ride is free!  A $20 donation benefits Sustain Charlotte's bicycle program and advocacy work!


* May 7 - Open Streets 704 *

1:00pm - 5:00pm between Independence Park and Veterans Park

Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not possible in a car. On may 7th, this event will literally open a length of city streets just for cars! Be sure to stop by our activity booth (intersection of Commonwealth Ave. and The Plaza) near the protected bike land demo! Learn more here.


* May 10 - 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 Epic Capital Wealth Management who will tell you about their sustainability efforts! 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 Blues Festival

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 get FREE access to general admissionClick here to learn more.


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 -


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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