September 13 Weekly Brief!

Join us for the Sustain Charlotte Monthly Mixer w/ Green Drinks Charlotte at Free Range Brewing THIS EVENING 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.  Tom will also introduce the September topic for Civic by Design: How you can learn and provide input about Marshall Park and the upcoming redevelopment of Second Ward.


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



Will you help us roll towards our Way2Go CLT goal of 1,000 bike trips in September?

We're excited to announce that you can participate in TWO challenges this month! All of your bike, walk, transit, carpool, and telework trips will count towards the September Main Challenge. We also invite you to take on our September Bike Challenge! Click here to learn more about how to participate, including easy integration with the Strava app. 

We're still 838 bike trips away from our September Bike Challenge goal, so start pedaling and logging those trips for chances to win Biketoberfest tickets!


Support Sustain Charlotte by attending an acapella concert!

This Sunday, Caritas Acapella Ensemble is holding an acapella concert entitled For the Beauty of the Earth: Songs about Nature. A portion of concert proceeds will benefit Sustain Charlotte!  Concerts will be held at 3pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church and 7pm at Sharon Presbyterian Church Chapel. See details below in 'Happenings Around Town'. 

Re-imagine your daily commute at the One Stop Bus Shop!

On Tuesday, September 19, the Charlotte Transportation Center will be transformed for three hours (4 to 7 p.m.) into a One Stop Bus Shop to make the daily commute home more fun and comfortable for CATS bus riders. The event is intended to showcase the potential of a public bus stop to be far more than just a place to wait for the bus. 

This project is funded by the Knight Foundation and co-hosted by the Charlotte Chapter of The League of Creative Interventionists + Sustain Charlotte + The Bulb. Learn more at the Facebook event page! 



Join our Biketoberfest 2017 planning committee and help make the event a success!

Biketoberfest is sure to be even bigger and better than last year with your help. Committee responsibilities include soliciting raffle items, recruiting volunteers (for set up and day of) and asking businesses along the route to host a stop. Commitment includes bi-weekly meetings (meetings are approximately one hour long at a local brewery:)) up until the event. Click here for committee roles and responsibilities. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please email [email protected].  

Help Sustain Charlotte make the walk to bus stops safer in the Cotswold area!

Many of you have already volunteered for our #Walk2Transit bus stop walkability tours, and we have a few more opportunities as the info-gathering stage of this project winds down. We invite you to volunteer for a short walkability tour on Friday, September 22. Both morning and afternoon tours are available. Supervised kids are welcome. You’ll help us collect valuable data that we’ll use to advocate for better sidewalks, crosswalks, and public bus stops!

We need more than 100 volunteers for this fall's Biketoberfest! Can you lend a hand?

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 (And check our newsletter next week, when we'll announce opportunities to help with protected bike lane demo installation on Saturday, October 21!)

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.

If you have a group of people who want to volunteer on Oct. 21 or 22, please email Meg at [email protected] with the size of the group and times you're available.

Build your neighborhood leadership skills and network!

The 2017 Neighborhood Exchange & Leadership Awards on September 23 will offer you and more than 250 other Charlotte residents the opportunity to determine the discussion topics and drive the conversation about ways to empower our neighborhoods!  From discussions around farmers markets and bicycle lanes to police community relations, the group selects the discussion topics that matter most to them. Visit or call 704-336-3380 to register to attend this FREE event. Be sure to stop by the Sustain Charlotte table and say hello to Meg!

Help get people on bikes at Re-Cyclery community bike drive & volunteer event!

Join the Charlotte Re-Cyclery at their All At Once community bike drive and volunteer event on Saturday, September 16th from 10 AM - 2 PM! DONATE unwanted bikes, parts, and cycling items, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Help plan the new segment of the Cross Charlotte Trail through Hidden Valley!

From September 19 to 21, participate in any (or all!) of the public meetings during this three-day charrette focusing on a new segment of the Cross Charlotte Trail that will run through the Hidden Valley Neighborhood from Wellington Street to North Tryon Street at Orr Road. Learn more about this exciting project and help the project team create a preliminary draft plan for the segment.​​


Plans to revive uptown’s emptiest quarter move forward, as fate of park still debated

"More than a year after Mecklenburg County commissioners agreed to sell 17 acres of prime uptown land in Second Ward to developers, officials say they’ve hammered out the deal’s major terms." The plans for vibrant, walkable development are beautiful. But let's also ensure that Second Ward has an equitably sized public park! Want to get more involved in the future of Second Ward? Check out September's Civic By Design topic!

 An uptown train station for Amtrak? It’s still alive, Charlotte planner reassures

“We’ve got this property...We want a station sooner rather than later. Tell us how you would do it." The planned Gateway Station in Uptown will increase access to local and regional transit while also creating new connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists! Let's ensure that it's developed to fully support the many ways that people access transit.

Desmond’s best-selling book explores eviction as both a symptom and a cause of poverty, and illustrates how some businesses make their profits by targeting people in extreme poverty.” Like many growing cities, Charlotte is facing an affordable housing crisis. It’s exciting to see so much interest in discussing the topic that there’s now a wait list for the event (see 'Happenings' below). It’s time for our city leaders to take serious action on housing and implement equitable policies for more affordable housing throughout Charlotte.


* TODAY 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.  


* September 17th *: This Sunday, Caritas Acapella Ensemble is holding an acapella concert entitled For the Beauty of the Earth: Songs about Nature.  Led by Artistic Director Cathy Youngblood, this auditioned ensemble will bring an interesting variety of music featuring works by Weelkes, Schumann, Whitacre, Esenvalds, Trotta and Stopford, among others.  A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit Sustain Charlotte!  There will be two concert times and locations: 3pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church and 7pm at Sharon Presbyterian Church Chapel.  To support Sustain Charlotte and purchase tickets, call 980-272-8556 or visit

* 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!

September 16 & 23: QC Quiz Show is a Knight Foundation-funded series of LIVE game shows traveling across Charlotte. Free!

September 27: Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will speak in Charlotte at 6:30pm at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. The event is free, but there's already a waitlist.

September 28: View the acclaimed documentary Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, which chronicles activist Jane Jacobs' battles with developers who threatened to demolish New York City's most historic neighborhoods. Panel discussion and Q&A to follow. 

September 29 & 30Sustain Charlotte has partnered with Carolina Jubilee 2017, which means you can support two great LOCAL non-profits with your ticket purchase! This festival includes great music, good food, and is centered around bringing the Carolinas together to support local farming and community businesses. Use discount code SUSTAINCLT (case sensitive) and half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Sustain Charlotte and the other to the Carolina Farm Trust!  

October 4: How many tacos can you down in 10 minutes?! Think you have what it takes to win??  In the spirit of National Taco Day, Wednesday October 4th, Vida Vida is hosting its FIRST EVER Taco Eating Contest!!! Proceeds benefit Sustain Charlotte including $1 back for EVERY TACO SOLD all day, and a portion of contest entry fees. Each competitor gets a $20 Vida gift card and a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE! Click here for more information and/or to sign up as a participant with a $25 entry fee.

October 15: Open Streets 704 is back with an afternoon of car-free fun for the whole family! Check out the newly released route map

We're happy to announce that Giving Tree Realty has joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Gold 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 - Giving Tree Realty 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 - Elite Touch Cleaning ServicesFlywheel 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 - The Bike Medics UNC Charlotte - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

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