Thursday, April 22, 2021
Thank you all for joining us for the 10th anniversary of our Charlotte Sustainability Awards presented by Duke Energy! You helped us honor smart growth and sustainability leadership across the Charlotte region at Charlotte's premier sustainability networking event!
We had over 40 honorees this year who are leading the way toward sustainability and smart growth, and by their actions, inspire others to do the same. Read about all this year's nominees here. See winners below!
All proceeds from these awards help Sustain Charlotte further our mission to inspire choices that lead to healthy, equitable, and vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come.
2021 Charlotte Sustainability Award Winners!
Congratulations to all the 2021 Charlotte Sustainability Award winners!
As a resident of Plaza Midwood, Renee Bradley is an advocate for safe bike and pedestrian travel in her community. Renee has served as the chair for the Stroll and Roll Plaza Midwood committee, an organization that she founded, with a mission to advocate for a more pedestrian and bicyclist-friendly neighborhood. She has been a key champion calling attention to the need for the protected bike lanes that opened on the plaza last spring, a project that is the result of years of collaboration in partnership with Sustain Charlotte bringing together many entities including the neighborhood, the City of Charlotte, CDOT, and many others.
INSPIRING SMALL BUSINESS
(Gross annual revenues under $3M)
Wild Hope Farm is a diverse organic vegetable and flower farm passionate about bringing high-quality food into our local communities through a sustainable approach. As a community-supported agriculture farm, they have a direct partnership between local consumers and their farm, enabling you to buy fresh and support local. Their environmental stewardship goals go beyond farming to regenerative land management with several different types of projects including retention ponds, native warm-season grass restoration through controlled burns, creating pollinators plots, adding native fruit trees, and investing in renewable energy.
INSPIRING LARGE BUSINESS
(Gross annual revenues $3M+)
Grubb Properties creates exceptional real estate environments through the repositioning of office buildings and the development of multifamily communities under their nationally registered Link Apartments® brand. Innovation in housing affordability has been a cornerstone of their company since its founding in 1963 when the company overcame “redlining” — used by banks to limit lending in minority neighborhoods — by forming a not-for-profit financing arm to build and finance more than 400 homes. Today they are focused on addressing the housing affordability crisis and promoting better communities through their Link Apartments® brand. Grubb Properties has committed to creating, investing in, and developing a highly innovative, efficient, and scalable solution to America’s housing shortage.
INSPIRING BUILDING PROJECT
Steven's Creek Nature Center's site was designed by land design and led by architects Neighboring Concepts, taking advantage of the natural amenities on the 275-acre site. The project utilizes low-impact and regenerative design by working with and restoring the land through native planting, regionally sourced building materials and carefully integrates active systems into the site design. Naturalized berms and rain gardens serve as just a few of the integrated educational tools to help teach children about water cycles and creek health and are carefully interwoven into the site. The focus of the nature center will be on stream ecology, with indoor and outdoor learning spaces for environmental education and engagement. This project has served the greater Charlotte community by acting as a catalyst for developing green infrastructure and generated interest in non-vehicular pedestrian/bicycle connections, such as future extension of the Steven’s Creek Greenway expansion that will connect to the center.
Anne Springs Close Greenway provides recreational, educational, and community activities and facilities in the fort mill area. The greenway is a 2,100-acre nature preserve that offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and more to its visitors. The mission of the greenway is to “connect people to nature through recreational and educational activities while fostering a passion for environmental conservation, animal habitat, and protection of natural resources.” In 2019, the greenway constructed a new welcome center called The Gateway which employs a variety of passive and active sustainable systems that aim to drastically reduce energy consumption, improve thermal comfort, conserve water, and improve indoor air quality. The Gateway’s sustainability initiatives serve to engage, educate, and inspire future generations while driving leadership in environmental conservation and stewardship.
INSPIRING GOVERNMENT AGENCY
The Planning, Design, and Development Department of the City of Charlotte is responsible for creating great places in our community. Over the past 2.5 years, they have worked to create the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which is a vision for the future of charlotte. The planning process has been guided by a focus on equitable growth and by the citizens of Charlotte coming together to prioritize what is most important. as a community-driven plan, it seeks to address the inequities of the past, and unite the community behind a shared set of goals for our future. The plan development has focused on broad and robust community engagement starting with their What Can UDO Summit and continues today. Since the fall of 2019, they had over 500,000 interactions with community members and heard from more than 6,500 people through over 40 different methods of engagement. They quickly pivoted to the new COVID engagement environment using social media challenges, online games, physical card games, a drive-in event, community conversations, and many other creative methods in an effort to meet people where they are.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Congratulations to this year's raffle winners! Winners will be contacted. Here are the winners:
Package #1 - Barbara Puckett
Package #2 - Jill Goodrich
Package #3 - Daniel Yeckley
Package #4 - Valerie Morini
Package #5 - Katherine Creighton
Package #6 - Sally Sistare
Package #7 - Matthew French
Package #8 - Lisa Shpritz
Package #9 - Chamiese Evans
Package #10 - Kurtis Andree
Package #11 - Chandrajeet Pawar
Package #12 - Shawn Reynolds
PACKAGE #1: TROPICAL GETAWAY - $2,340 value
Who doesn't need an escape after the year we've had! You (and up to 6 friends) deserve this 7-day retreat in a gorgeous condo in Puerto Rico, just off the beach. Included is a $300 gift certificate to American Airlines - go alone or bring your people. Donated by a generous Sustain Charlotte board member.
PACKAGE #2: BIKE TO WORK IN STYLE WITH GRÜNESTRASSE - $195 value
If you love to bike to work, to shop, to play - we have the bag for you! Touted as the 'world’s most comfortable bicycle backpack,' The Shellback Bike-to-Work Backpack from GruneStasse can be yours. Capable of transporting your work attire crease-free, along with everything else needed, GrüneStrasse is the champion of fearless bicycle commuters and the Shellback is the ultimate bike-to-work accessory.
PACKAGE #3: MOUNTAIN GETAWAY - $750 value
Need a weekend get-away? Enjoy a three-night stay in this beautiful riverfront cabin in Blowing Rock! Details here! This lovely home-away-from-home sleeps 6 so bring your family or friends! Donated by a generous Sustain Charlotte Board Member.
PACKAGE #4: NAMASTE PACKAGE - $189 value
Stretch, release, relax and exhale this winter. Treat yourself to a month of unlimited yoga at Y2 Yoga. This 1-month unlimited pass can be used at either the Cotswold or Dilworth location. Take time this spring to try something new or to come home to your practice.
PACKAGE #5: ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY DURRETT DESIGNS - $650 value
Searching for that perfect piece? Dress up your walls with Charlotte in electric blues, "Queen City Haze" by local artist Sydney Durrett of Durrett Designs. This acrylic on canvas is sized 18" x 24".
PACKAGE #6: RACE AROUND CHARLOTTE - $130 value
Calling all runners! Haven't registered yet for Around the Crown 10K? We have you covered. Win two entries (valued at $80) to run Charlotte’s inner beltway on Labor Day Weekend. Included in this package are two Recover Brands shirts (valued at $50) lightweight, eco-friendly, 'field-tested and ready for anything' - a perfect pairing.
PACKAGE #7: FOR THE CAFFEINE LOVERS - $150 value
How do you fuel your day? Starbucks Coffee + Bang Energy! This package includes a gift basket donated by Starbucks Cotswold filled with a Been There Charlotte mug, reusable tote, reusable straws + travel case, reusable Starbucks lid, and bag of Siren's Blend coffee (1 pound). PLUS, from Bang Energy - 2 cases of Bang Energy, a drawstring bag with shaker bottle, and Bang Energy Hat
PACKAGE #8: EAT & DRINK CHARLOTTE - $370 value
EAT: Who's hungry? Get a taste of the Queen City with this assortment of gift cards to local restaurants! Enjoy a $75 gift card from Sea Level, a $50 gift certificate from Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, and a $25 gift certificate from The CowFish Sushi Burger Bar.
PACKAGE #9: ALIGN YOUR CAREER WITH A CAREER VISION AND TRANSITION STRATEGY SESSION - $500 value
Ready for a career change, but don't know where to start? Align your passion, purpose, and career by landing the job you’ll love with a Career Vision & Transition Strategy Session from Actually Done. Their guided process reveals your career path forward.
PACKAGE #10: SUSTAINABLE LIVING - $90 value
We know the leaves are just popping now, but what will you do when they start to fall this Autumn? We've got the perfect and sustainable solution - a Leaf Burrito! Replace your single-use plastic and paper yard waste bags with a reusable, zip-up yard bag. Be the envy of your neighbors this fall with this handy and good-for-the-environment tool.
Plus, 6 bags (1.25 cubic ft each) of Queen City Compost from Mecklenburg County Solid Waste.
PACKAGE #11: ORIGINAL ART BY WHALEROAD ART - $150 value
Add color to your walls with this original piece by local artist Emily Wilson of Whaleroad Art titled "Old Town Footpath". Acrylic on canvas size 14" x 14".
PACKAGE #12: FORE! THE COUPLE THAT GOLFS TOGETHER - $300 Value
FORE! the couple who golfs together, Natixis Investment Managers donated this package that sets you up with the gear and accessories to hit the course in style. Package includes 2 Yeti Brand tumblers, 2 boxes of Titlist golf balls, 2 Nike golf shirts (1 women sized L, 1 men sized XXL), 2 insulated wine tumblers, 2 golf accessory kits, and reusable metal straws.
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