August 24 Weekly Brief!

You won't want to miss the interesting topic at our September Monthly Mixer! 


Example of walkable green infrastructure: a passage between houses with no impervious surface.

Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues.

Join us on Wednesday, September 13! Networking begins at 6:00pm followed by our program at 6:45. You'll hear from Architect and Planner Tom Low of Civic by Design as he presents Light Imprint for walkable green infrastructure. This leaner, lighter approach to infrastructure is more cost-effective, sustainable, and livable—an idea worth considering for Charlotte and beyond.  

This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. Please be sure to register to let us know you're coming! 


Finding hope and inspiration in Vietnam


Sustain Charlotte Director Shannon Binns is learning a lot from his visit to the organization CHANGE in Vietnam!

Sustain Charlotte Director Shannon Binns is currently in Vietnam as part of a two-week professional exchange program sponsored by the US Department of State. In May, we hosted a staff member from an NGO in Saigon called CHANGE. As part of the program, Shannon received the incredible opportunity to now visit CHANGE!

The purpose of the program is two-fold: to share ideas that will mutually benefit our organizations, and to foster greater understanding between our countries. Learn more from his inspiring article at our blog!

We're hiring!

Sustain Charlotte seeks a part-time Program Coordinator to help us make the Charlotte region a better place to live for current and future generations. We have a team culture that is invested in making a difference!

Read more and how to apply! The application deadline is September 7.  


Volunteer at this fall's Biketoberfest!

Our third annual Biketoberfest is going to be an epic event, and we need your help to make it a success!

Volunteer tasks include stamping passports for participants, checking people in at the registration table, distributing t-shirts, and helping with the raffle. There are also two opportunities to help with a protected bike lane demonstration installation! 

Sign up for a short volunteer shift and spend the rest of day participating in the event for free!

WHEN: Sunday, October 22

WHERE: Triple C Brewing in Charlotte's South End @ 2900 Griffith Street (really close to the New Bern light rail station and the rail trail), and various locations along the route.


First, Brooklyn Was Paved Over; Is Marshall Park Next? [The Charlotte Observer]

"Hugh McColl, who helped develop more square footage uptown than anyone in Charlotte history was lamenting that a proposed development known as Brooklyn Village would eliminate most of the 5.5-acre park, one of the few green spaces in Charlotte’s center city. The prospect upsets him even more because the apartments and condos slated for Marshall Park would do little, in his eyes, to honor Charlotte’s black residents who were forced out of their homes and businesses on that site as part of what was known as “urban renewal” starting in the early 1960s." We're thrilled to see that there is an effort to modify the plans for the site and preserve the full park!

Mayor, Businesses Have High Hopes for Smart Streets [South Bend Tribune] 

“It’s slower and that’s the point...No great downtown is a through-way. There’s just a difference between the purpose of a bypass and a downtown street. For a while we mixed those two things up because we had a major highway blowing right through the downtown.” South Bend's investment in human-scale streets is already paying off by attracting private investors. Imagine how our region could benefit from streetscapes that meet the needs of people before cars!


* September 13 *: Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking at our September Monthly Mixer! At 6:45, our program will begin and you'll hear from Architect and Planner Tom Low of Civic by Design as he presents Light Imprint for walkable green infrastructure. This leaner, lighter approach to infrastructure is more cost-effective, sustainable, and livable—an idea worth considering for Charlotte and beyond.  


* October 22 *: Biketoberfest is a unique event that lets you discover how easy it is to get around Charlotte without driving! Bike around town to fun destinations while collecting stamps in your official Biketoberfest Passport. The stamps you collect on your passport at official destinations will be entered in a raffle for many fantastic prizes! Then, gather for an after party celebration with live music and an exciting raffle! This is a family-friendly event. Kids under 18 participate for free. Want a free ticket? Sign up for a short volunteer shift!


August 30: Attend the free public lecture on Climate Change as a Human Right: Why Equity Matters. Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Bullard will speak @5pm at the Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College campus. This event is free and open to the public.

August 31You’re invited to meet and hear the candidates for Mayor, City Council At-Large and City Council Districts 6 and 7 at the South CLT Candidate Forum, 6:15pm-9:00pm at WR Davie Conference Center. 

September 27: Don't miss your opportunity to hear Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City in Charlotte. He will appear at 6:30 p.m.Sept. 27 at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. The event is free, but there's already a waitlist.


We're happy to announce that Prosperity Chiropractic has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! We're proud to have their support of our work 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!



The Center for Intentional Leadership - Free Range Brewing - ROOTS Catering 
Scalable Consulting - Shook Kelley - TreeCycle America - Whole Foods Market


 Abundant Power Group, LLC - Alta Planning + Design - Boingo Graphics - Carolinas HealthCare System - DPS Construction - Epic Capital Wealth Management - Integra Design Group - Leaf Burrito - Little - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - Natural Awakenings - S&D Coffee & Tea 
ULI Charlotte - - Wooden Robot Brewery


AT&T - Barrett G. Moore, DDS, PA & Associates - Bike Law - Carolina Urban Lumber - 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 - Prosperity Chiropractic - Queen City Bicycles - Renewable Energy Transition Initiative - SAROS Desalination - Stewart - Studio Cellar - STV Engineers, Inc. - TC Lifestyle Fitness - UNC Charlotte - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff


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