Since July, North Carolinians participating in the 10% Campaign have spent more than $2 million on food from local sources. The 10% Campaign is an effort to educate and encourage consumers to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on locally sourced food.
The campaign is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, with support from N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Golden… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 30, 2010 at 5:00pm —
The ABCCM Green Jobs program has just announced two job opportunities, a Case Manager & Trainer
and a Recruitment and Intake Specialist. Applications are due November 30 Updated:
applications now due December 14.
Learn more about these positions here...… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 30, 2010 at 2:36pm —
From the Asheville Citizen-Times
“Western North Carolina essentially is the capital of hempcrete building in the United States right now,” said Gregory Flavall, the co-founder of Hemp Technologies, the Asheville-based company that supplies the hemp-based building material to contractors.
Two hemp-based homes have been completed in Asheville,… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 30, 2010 at 12:29pm —
Applications due April 15, 2011
This program provides support for technology development, applied
research, and/or training to aid in the development of a workforce for bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, or agriculture-based renewable energy. Preference will be given to development of agriculture-based renewable energy degree programs designed to ensure workforce opportunities in rural communities; promote educational practices within the… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 30, 2010 at 12:00pm —
The US Economic Development Administration has released a solicitation for funding proposals for the following grant programs: (i) Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program; (ii) Economic Adjustment Assistance Program; and (iii) Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) Program.
For FY 2011, the funding cycle deadlines are as follows:
* December 15 for funding cycle 1
* March 10 for funding cycle 2
* June 10 for funding cycle 3
Added by Matt Raker on November 30, 2010 at 12:00pm —
High levels of public and private support for plug-in electric vehicles in the Asheville area are attracting EV infrastructure investment to the region.… Continue
Added by Brian Taylor on November 29, 2010 at 9:30pm —
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is seeking applicants for the director of industry development opening... http://bit.ly/i54n8G
Added by Matt Raker on November 29, 2010 at 5:05pm —
In late October 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced revised rules to govern the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP was established in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide incentives for the establishment and cultivation of biomass crops to be utilized for heat, power, and biofuels.
The updated rule language was intended to make the BCAP program more efficient and ensure that incentive payments are helping to develop bioenergy markets. The rule provides matching… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 29, 2010 at 5:03pm —
The USGBC recently announced an information gateway where users can explore LEED certified projects including trends and carbon information. Although the pilot project was just in the… Continue
Added by Adrian Tait on November 23, 2010 at 2:30pm —
The City of Raleigh plans to install 30 public electric vehicle charging
stations by September 2011 but will start by showing off the city’s
first two in downtown installed at Nash Square on Tuesday. There will be
an event at 285 W. Hargett Street at at the Dawson Street intersection,
across from the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex downtown at
10:30am that will include a display of electric vehicles and… Continue
Added by Brian Taylor on November 23, 2010 at 1:19pm —
This month, the total footprint of commercial projects certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System surpassed one billion square feet. Another six billion square feet of projects are registered and currently working toward LEED certification around the world.
Read the entire article… Continue
Added by Anna Leonard on November 18, 2010 at 4:30pm —
The new Honda Fit EV
Electric vehicles featured prominently at the currently ongoing LA Auto Show, including the unveiling of many new models. A couple highlights are below. Related, WNC has a new EV Working Group to help prepare the region for electric vehicles. To get plugged in (pun intended) to this effort, contact… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 18, 2010 at 3:30pm —
The Antelope Valley Union High School District
, located in Lancaster, California, has partnered with PsomasFMG
and Southern California Edison
to build a 9.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system. The school district signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the electricity and is expected to save $40 million over the life of the system. The system will provide about 80… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 18, 2010 at 2:30pm —
In their hearings in early November, building officials from around the country overwhelmingly voted to increase energy efficiency standards in buildings by 30%. By taking this landmark step with the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code which serves as the model for state and local codes, this decision has the potential to have a transformational impact on the built environment, to foster significant green job creation, and to help maintain economic competitiveness.
William Fay… Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on November 17, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Environmental Defense Fund and the Southern Environmental Law Center announced this week they are appealing a recent decision by the N.C. Utilities Commission that would allow Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) to get renewable energy credits from harvesting and incinerating whole trees to produce electricity in old coal plants.
The groups' appeal contends North Carolina's renewable energy law restricts burning forest materials to wood waste. "Increasing demand for bioenergy requires new state… Continue
Added by Adrian Tait on November 16, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Solar power has come to Alexander County in a big way with the recent installation of a “solar farm” added to the EnergyUnited power grid. The facility was unveiled on Friday, Nov. 12, during a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Situated on about 8.2 acres of land, the field of solar panels contains 2,224 modules which can provide up to 1.1 megawatt, or 1,100,000 watts of power, according to Frances Yuhas, sales manager with Sun Edison. This is… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 15, 2010 at 4:13pm —
On Tuesday November 16th, Asheville's FLS Energy and Southern Energy Management which is located near Raleigh will receive two of the first ever Green Jobs Awards. From the press release...
New York, NY – On November 16th, Green For All and SJF Institute will recognize the first ever honorees of the Green Jobs Award. The Green Jobs Award honors innovative private businesses that contribute to the economy and the environment.
Honorees are from across the country,… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 15, 2010 at 3:57pm —
Last week, Facebook, the world's largest online social network, announced that it will built a LEED-Gold certified data center in Rutherford County. In using new technology, the company expects the new facility to be one of the most energy efficient data centers in the country.
The project represents a $450 million investment in western North Carolina and will create 250 jobs during construction and then 35-45 full time employees once the… Continue
Added by Matt Raker on November 15, 2010 at 2:52pm —
'The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has relased a draft of the next version of the LEED rating systems, and has opened the fist public comment period for the draft. The comment period will run from Nov. 8, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010. According to USGBC's website, a second public comment period is expected in mid-2011, and the rating system itself is expected to be released in November 2012. Although it had been dubbed "LEED 2012" informally during development, after the current "LEED 2009"… Continue
Added by Anna Leonard on November 15, 2010 at 11:30am —
A leading university has developed a software "toolkit for industrial ecology, a process systems approach that mimics natural cycles, [by] converting production process waste into “food” for other businesses...[w]hen practiced by a regional cluster of companies,
industrial ecology can produce significant economic and environmental
benefits...[w]hile the concept is… Continue
Added by Duncan Cavanaugh on November 12, 2010 at 3:35pm —