As part of a project tracking more than 400 pieces of state legislation, the USGBC recently released the 2011 Advancing Green Building Policy in the States report highlighting 30 wins for green building across 22 states. The report is designed as a tool to fuel ideas for future legislative sessions for policymakers, advocacy groups and others.The 2011 NC green… Continue
Added by Patrick Harper on September 30, 2011 at 12:50pm —
Come to the Triad's largest sustainability exposition and learn how going green can help you save money and make money! The Triad’s free sustainability exposition being held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 1.
The GO Expo offers learning areas in several areas including gardening, school work and home energy use, and electric vehicles. Experts will be available to ask questions about specific topics including weatherization, solar energy, recycling, rain gardens, and… Continue
Added by Anna Leonard on September 30, 2011 at 12:25pm —
From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
NEWLAND — Luke Henderson wasn’t too sure about selling off a piece of his Avery County Christmas tree farm to make way for a new kind of farm, one planted with row upon row of solar panels. But with a slack economy weighing on his business, as well as depressed wholesale prices for his evergreens, Henderson decided selling 6 acres of his 33-acre farm made good economic sense.…
Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on September 30, 2011 at 9:09am —
Great review of Appalachian State's Performance so far at the Solar Decathlon! A third place in Architecture was received today!
..."But the People's Choice Award votes were going to the joint across the street, Appalachian State's Solar Homestead, a rambling collection of boxes with a great big shady porch, an outdoor kitchen, and a tiny in-law apartment. Maybe it was their eager outreach (team members were handing out mirrorized… Continue
Added by Anna Leonard on September 28, 2011 at 4:51pm —
ThinkProgress is reporting that the farm ministry of Japan has "found the first case of rice with radioactive materials far exceeding a government-set level for a preliminary test of pre-harvested crop". This discovery triggers follow up testing for rice harvested from Nihonmatsu city. Continue
This marks the first case of rice tested…
Added by John H. Duncan on September 28, 2011 at 12:21pm —
Western North Carolina is already home to more clean energy companies per capita than any other region of the state. For over a year, leaders connected to WNC's clean energy economy have been studying this sector and developing a plan to build on the region's exiting success to cultivate a leading clean energy… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on September 25, 2011 at 6:16pm —
After a stormy day, Appalachian State shines brightly at night at West Potomac Park in DC. Vote here: http://bit.ly/sdpoll
Added by Matt Raker on September 25, 2011 at 11:35am —
Yesterday, High Country Press reported that The Solar Homestead arrived in Washington DC on September 12th, and is working around the clock to get the home competition ready. This entry into the Department of Energy's Solar Decathalon is a point of… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 23, 2011 at 2:49pm —
The BBC has confirmed that Siemens, a huge engineering and industrial firm, will be withdrawing from the nuclear energy industry. CEO Peter Loescher is on record as saying "the clear positioning of German society and politics [is] for a pullout from nuclear energy" and "the chapter for us is closed". Siemens will continue to work in the energy sector and produce parts for conventional power plants. To… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 23, 2011 at 10:01am —
Zimride is a company that lets drivers sell the empty seats in their car to passengers who need a ride along popular routs, such as between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Zimride not only puts cash in your pocket, it connects people with new friends.
This is, essentially, the tagline from Venture Beat's article on the San Francisco based company which has just raised $6… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 21, 2011 at 3:38pm —
On Tuesday, the NC Utilities Commission began receiving testimony during a public hearing and evidentiary hearing as part of its review of the proposed merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy. The merger, a $35 billion deal, will create the largest US utility in the nation if approved. NCSEA - and numerous other consumer advocacy, clean energy and environmental groups
- has expressed its objections to the merger and Ivan Urlaub, NCSEA's Executive Director, will testify during this… Continue
Added by Patrick Harper on September 21, 2011 at 10:50am —
Agency: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
Program: On-Farm Research Grants
Description: On-Farm Research Grants are intended for Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Services, university personnel, government, and non-governmental organizations that work with farmers/ranchers and are interested in conducting on-farm research or marketing projects related to sustainable… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 16, 2011 at 2:52pm —
Progress Energy has launched their Plugged In Program to install 240-volt residential charging stations at the homes of customers who have purchased plug-in electric vehicles. The program will cover the station purchase and installation costs up to $1,500. Progress Energy will own, service and maintain the charging station until the program ends in April 2013. During the program, Progress Energy will remotely access data from the charging station to better… Continue
Added by Brian Taylor on September 13, 2011 at 4:15pm —
Western North Carolina already boasts the most clean energy companies per capita in the state — and just added another job in that growing field.
Sara Day Evans, a sustainability expert formerly with the N.C. Department of Commerce, starts work Monday as the western community outreach and education cordinator for the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a nonprofit promoting clean energy policy in Raleigh and supporting companies… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on September 10, 2011 at 11:32am —
Do you have clients or students who are interested in farming medicinal herbs, wild-harvesting herbs from their property for extra income, adding woodland botanicals to their forest management plan, or making medicinal herb products (tinctures, soaps, lotions, etc.)? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should attend this "train-the-trainer" program we are offering on November 3rd near Asheville, NC. This training is designed with extension agents, NRCS personnel, marketing… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on September 9, 2011 at 4:24pm —
Each year, NCSEA presents awards to businesses and individuals who show exemplary innovation and leadership in advancing the clean energy economy in North Carolina. Nominations may be made online by peers, partners or the business or individual themselves. Award winners will be announced at…
Added by Matt Raker on September 9, 2011 at 11:59am —
Intent to apply letter due October 14. Full applications due December 16.
The Rural Center is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 solicitation for the Economic Innovation Grants Program. This program spurs business activity, job creation and public/private investment by supporting innovative economic development projects across rural North Carolina. Funds are provided by the North Carolina General Assembly and are available for local and regional projects in rural communities. Proposals… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on September 9, 2011 at 11:56am —
Land-of-Sky Regional Council will be hosting a webcast of the USPTO, EDA, & CEG Boosting the Clean Energy Economy Conference on Monday, September 19 from 9:00-5:30. The event will feature 4 panel discussions and a range of other presentations as outlined below addressing the most pressing challenges facing state and federal… Continue
Added by Patrick Harper on September 9, 2011 at 10:51am —
The EPA has released an official Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures. This guide comes from the Office of Sustainable Communities and presents opportunities for transportation agencies to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures.
From EPA's news release: "Performance measures allow decision-makers to quickly observe the effects of a proposed transportation plan or project, or to… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 9, 2011 at 10:24am —
In a recent news release from the North Carolina Biotech Center a dozen undergraduate projects have received $60,500!
From the news release:
The Undergraduate Research Fellowships match faculty mentors with science and engineering majors. Students across the state gain real-world research experience through these collaborative projects. For some awardees, these projects are first glimpses at biotechnology careers.
“These grants encourage talented students around the… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on September 8, 2011 at 10:44am —