Grow Smart CLT: Water

As Charlotte grows (44 people move here each day), it's critical that we grow smarter. To help, Sustain Charlotte launched a new monthly event series called Grow Smart CLT! Join us for our June event, where our panelists will tackle the issue of smart growth and air quality! Learn more about our Grow Smart CLT event series and rsvp here.

The June Grow Smart CLT event is part of our summer fund drive, when you can #DoubleYourImpact by giving to Sustain Charlotte. If you're a current member, or want to join, come out to our Grow Smart CLT pre-party for members from 5-6 p.m.!

  • Current members will get a free beer, and if you bring a friend, you'll get a free raffle ticket to win a commuter bike from The Bike Medics!
  • Anyone who signs up to become a member at the event will get a free beer, a raffle ticket for the commuter bike +a ticket to Biketoberfest Presented by the Charlotte Knights!

Smart Growth + Water

In a region growing as quickly as Charlotte-Mecklenburg, water may not be the issue at the top of people’s minds, but it is impacted every day. Rain washes pollutants into streams, stormwater erodes streambanks and floods neighborhoods built before anyone imagined such an urban city. Join us to hear our panel of experts discuss how our region’s rapid growth is affecting water quality, and what you can do to help.



Emilee Syrewicze - Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper

Emilee is a native of Northern Michigan and grew up with an ardent appreciation for clean water. She attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Chemistry. She then fostered her interest in environmental policy by attending Vermont Law School and graduating with her J.D. in 2011.

Rusty Rozzelle - Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program

Rusty Rozzelle manages Mecklenburg County’s Water Quality Program, which is a component of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. The Program is charged with maintaining and restoring the quality and usability of the County’s surface water resources, including over 3,000 miles of streams in two (2) river basins and 190 miles of shoreline in three (3) of the 11 lakes that comprise the Catawba River System.
event series called Grow Smart CLT! Join us for our June event, where our panelists will tackle the issue of smart growth and air quality!

Tom Low - Founder, Civic By Design

Tom Low is an innovator in urban design. He is an internationally recognized award winning leader in New Urbanism including the design and implementation of dozens of new villagesneo-traditional neighborhoods and new towns as well as many community redevelopment master plans. Tom established Civic By Design in 2004 starting as a monthly Forum and growing into his current consulting practice. Tom also served as Partner with DPZ for 21 years, where he opened their Charlotte office in 1995.  He continues to pioneer designs for walkable, connected, mixed-income, mixed-use, sustainable, neighborhoods, towns, and cities.  He has conducted over 150 muti-day planning charrettes.  Tom Low elevates the quality of our built environment through Civic By Designintegrates water sustainability with community design through Light Imprintadvocates for better schools through Learning Cottage Campuses, and engages communities through hands-on design collaboration with Mixopoly.  Tom enjoys drawing by hand, playing tennis, biking, and running through historic neighborhoods and greenways with Lucky the wonder dog.

  • June 13, 2018 at 6:00pm – 9pm
  • The Barrel Room at Catawba Brewing
  • $5.00 USD
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