• Solarize races to enroll Triad residents

    February 8, 2015

    Photo credit: Creative Commons We've reported  previously on “Solarize,” a DOE-funded initiative with grassroots momentum to ramp up residential solar. NC WARN, one of many organizations running Solarize campaigns across the state, launched its first project in Durham a year ago in January. Now it is focusing efforts on the Triad region. The Solarize model aims to make home rooftop solar installation affordable through a tiered pricing scheme that drops as registration increases. Through April 17, Triad residents may enroll in Solarize Triad, which offers not only free solar assessments but also free energy efficiency audits, thanks to a project… Read More

  • I40 PEDESTRIAN/BIKE BRIDGE GOOD FOR HEALTH AND BUSINESS

    February 4, 2015

    Image removed due to copyright issues.  Last year, construction of the I-40 bike and pedestrian bridge was completed, joining the northern and southern sections of The American Tobacco Trail. Now bikers can travel the full twenty one miles from downtown Durham to Apex without having to bike on roads with cars. NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education recently completed a study measuring the effects the trail completion has had on how the trail is used. Researchers found that completing the I-40 bridge contributed to a 133% increase in trail use. Many people used the trail to get to… Read More

  • ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE KEEPS AFRICAN AMERICAN LAND IN THE FAMILY

    February 1, 2015

    Though Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s (REC) primary mission is to provide members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity, it also aims to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves. As we outlined in a previous article, the REC has a number of initiatives to empower members to invest in sustainability, and to help drive economic development in the seven counties where it operates. Since 2013, the cooperative has also taken an active role in helping prevent African American land loss through a sustainable forestry initiative. The initiative is a joint venture of the US Endowment for Forestry and… Read More

  • UNC TO HOST CLEAN TECH SUMMIT

    January 26, 2015

    Institute for the Environment Director Larry Band. Photo credit: University of North Carolina Energy business professionals, policymakers, local leaders, and academics from across the state will gather in Chapel Hill for the second annual NC Clean Tech Summit, February 19 and 20 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The event, hosted by UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, will feature panels on innovations and emerging technologies, and will provide a forum to discuss challenges and trends in the industry. Retired four-star general and former presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark… Read More

  • DUKE ENERGY TO INSTALL 80-ACRE SOLAR FARM AT CAMP LEJEUNE

    January 25, 2015

    Photo credit: Creative Commons Duke Energy has plans to build an 80-acre solar farm at Camp Lejeune in Oslow County in eastern North Carolina. Estimated to cost $25 million to $30 million, the 13-megawatt facility will provide power to as many as 3,000 homes. The project, a partnership of Duke Energy Progress, the U.S. Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps, is still pending approval from the NC Utilities Commission but is expected to go online in 2015. Robert Griffin, Executive Director of the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office, is quoted in a recent press release: "Secretary of the… Read More

  • BOGOTA LEADER TO SPEAK AT DUKE ON URBAN TRANSFORMATION

    January 21, 2015

    Image credit: screen grab / TED Colombian politician Enrique Peñalosa Londoño will give a public lecture on "Cities, Equity, and Quality of Life," at Duke's Field Auditorium on January 22 at 6 pm. Peñalosa has advocated for urban transformation as a matter of equity and democracy. In Bogotá, where he served as mayor from 1998 to 2001, more than 350 kilometers of protected bikeways have been created. From a 2013 Guardian news article: "Peñalosa's first and most defining act as mayor was to declare war: not on crime or drugs or poverty, but on cars. He threw out the ambitious… Read More

  • ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE MAKES IT EASY TO INVEST IN SOLAR & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

    January 21, 2015

    Seventy-five years ago, people living along the Roanoke River in northeastern North Carolina came together to bring electricity into their homes and businesses. Since its formation in 1938, Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC) has steadily grown, now serving more than 14,500 members in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. REC is committed to making sure its members enjoy reliable, affordable energy and a high quality of life. However, the region is largely dependent on agriculture, and has struggled economically since the 1980’s, when small farm revenue began to shrink. The cooperative has created a variety of innovative programs… Read More

  • SEWAGE SPILL RUINS ENO RIVER ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS

    January 20, 2015

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Drake Raw sewage flooded the offices of the Eno River Association last week, when a failed Durham city sewer main backed up, causing major damages that may total as much as $100,000. The oldest land trust organization in North Carolina, the Eno River Association is an environmental nonprofit that has been instrumental in acquiring parkland and promoting conservation since the 1960s. Now the group faces a daunting recovery effort. Staff arrived to work on Monday, January 12, to find sewage spilling out of the office’s four toilets and flowing throughout the building and HVAC system, in some… Read More

  • NC BRINGS HOME NINE GOOD FOOD AWARDS

    January 14, 2015

    Photo: Good Food Awards Eight North Carolinian food producers received national recognition for their outstanding products at the 2015 Good Food Awards. The Good Food Awards take place at the beginning of each year to honor those producers making food that is simultaneously delicious and socially and ecologically responsible. Out of 1,462 entrants, 14 different North Carolina products made it into the final round and nine were awarded the top honor. Hillsborough-based Farmer’s Daughter Pickles and Preserves managed to snag two separate awards, one for their Sweet Corn & Pepper Relish and one for their Strawberry-Honeysuckle Jam. Two Chicks Farm,… Read More

  • 3RD ANNUAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION CONFERENCE COMING TO PITTSBORO

    January 12, 2015

    On Friday, February 6th, Abundance NC will host the third annual Climate Change Adaptation Conference for Farmers at Central Carolina Community College in Pittbsboro. The conference will bring together farmers, homesteaders, activists, researchers and policy makers to discuss the effects that climate change and peak oil will have on the Carolina Piedmont, and share strategies to make our region more resilient. Peter Bane, author of the Permaculture Handbook and editor of Permaculture Activist magazine, will offer the keynote. Bane is a suburban farmer and homesteader, producing an abundance of food on seven-tenths of an acre just outside of Bloomington, Indiana.… Read More

  • NC REGULATORS LEAVE SOLAR RULES INTACT

    January 5, 2015

    From Strata Solar celebrating $1bn invested in NC projects to Duke Energy spending big on utility-scale solar, solar power—and in particular large-scale solar power—was on a roll in 2014. Developers had been concerned, however, that the North Carolina Utilities Commission might make changes to regulations governing how solar power producers are compensated by utilities. Among the items under review was a proposal from utilities to reduce the terms of a standard Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from 15 years to 10 years, and to change the size of qualifying projects from 5MW to just 100 kilowatts. Both of these proposed (along with… Read More

  • ASHEVILLE’S GREEN BUSINESS SCENE PROFILED BY FORBES

    December 30, 2014

    Photo: mdl70/creative commons From contributing to the state's solar boom to an expanding green events industry, Asheville, North Carolina has a strong and growing reputation for environmentally conscious business. Now the town is being profiled by Forbes in its ongoing series on innovation around the United States, and unsurprisingly, the focus is on sustainability. Among the initiatives that the article focuses on is Venture Asheville:  The brainchild of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, the Venture Asheville initiative works to energize a local high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fittingly, investing and growing “green” businesses – those… Read More

  • OFFSHORE WIND COULD BE CLEAN ENERGY GOLD MINE FOR NC

    December 29, 2014

    A new report from Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center estimates that offshore can produce a third of the state’s energy needs, while also creating tens of thousands of well-paying jobs in the state’s coastal region. North Carolina has more offshore wind potential than any other state along the Atlantic coast. This new report estimates that wind farms off the North Carolina coast could produce enough power for 2.7 million homes by 2030. If the state fails to develop its wind potential, the energy these homes need will likely come from burning coal or natural gas, which produce emissions… Read More

  • OASIS GROWS IN GREENSBORO FOOD DESERT

    December 22, 2014

    Food deserts in Guilford County Accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Greensboro and Highpoint residents. The nearest grocery store is often miles away, a difficult trek for the many low-income families who lack access to a car. Parents are forced to choose between paying a cab fare they can’t afford, spending hours navigating public transit or grabbing dinner from the neighborhood convenience store. Convenience stores generally accept SNAP/EBT benefits, but mostly offer processed food that is low in nutritional value. Food insecurity is a serious problem across the entire state of North Carolina, but nowhere as bad as Guilford… Read More

  • STATE WILL HELP FUND LIGHT RAIL

    December 16, 2014

    Credit: Triangle Transit The state will help fund construction of the Durham and Chapel Hill light rail, according to a draft of the NC Department of Transportation’s construction subsidy plan released earlier this month. Support from Governor Pat McCrory and the NC DOT is welcome news for backers of the 17-mile light rail project, which will span from Alston Avenue in Durham to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. The project, slated to cost between $1.34 and 1.8 billion, will also receive local funding through a half cent sales tax in Durham and Orange Counties. Covering ten fiscal years, the plan… Read More

  • GREENSBORO COMMUNITY HAS OWN SOLUTION TO FOOD DESERT PROBLEM

    December 11, 2014

        "If there is a way to build a successful, profitable business selling food to people in Northeast Greensboro, then we can figure it out. We can build it ourselves, and keep the jobs and the profit in the neighborhood." -Ed Whitfield, co-Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities When the Bessemer Center's Winn-Dixie supermarket shut its doors in 1998, the community in Northeast Greensboro was left without a place to buy healthy food. For sixteen years, the many residents nearby without access to a car were forced to take a bus to another store three miles away, or… Read More

  • ASHEVILLE TO HOST MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

    December 11, 2014

    Credit: Mother Earth News Fair For a second year, Asheville will host the Mother Earth News Fair in 2015.  Tickets are now available for the April 11-12 event, which will feature more than 150 workshops on sustainable and self-sufficient living. The fair, taking place in five locations across the country next year, will offer sessions on organic gardening and food preservation, natural health, renewable energy, and other aspects of rural and urban homesteading. The “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” Mother Earth News has provided practical guidance for simple living since the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s. The publication, which recently… Read More

  • DURHAM CYCLISTS ADVOCATE FOR SAFER STREETS

    December 3, 2014

    Triangle cyclists are advocating to make safer streets a community priority, in the wake of three recent bike accident fatalities in Durham and Orange County. Education and increased enforcement of existing laws were identified as areas of precedence during a community conversation on November 22, when more than 80 gathered at a public forum to discuss actions that could drive positive change for cyclists and pedestrians in the city. The event was sponsored by Bike Durham, a coalition formed last year to advocate for local bikers and to connect the community with resources on cycling issues. Advocates hope that the… Read More

  • NFL PLAYER FARMS TO FEED THE HUNGRY

    December 2, 2014

    YouTube screen capture / News and Observer "Jason Brown's Harvest" Giving Tuesday, which celebrates charitable action and the spirit of generosity, is an apt moment to highlight the social mission of a farm business in Louisburg, NC, where the first crops of every harvest go to those in need. Farming is a second career for First Fruits owner Jason Brown, a former Tarheel and St. Louis Rams lineman. Brown walked away from the NFL in 2012, inspired by faith to pursue his dream of feeding the hungry. This year the farm gave its entire sweet potato harvest—more than 100,000 pounds—to… Read More

  • ACORNS BEGINNING TO REENTER HUMAN DIETS

    November 25, 2014

    Photo: princedd/creative commons   Without the help of a single drop of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, our oaks dropped an incredible crop of acorns on our heads this fall. This year is what scientists call a “mast year,” when the acorns are so plentiful that the squirrels, birds, deer, and bears can all eat their fill and still leave plenty to germinate. Until recently, humans were regular participants in the harvest. Most cultures that developed under the shade of the oaks treated acorns as an important source of nourishment for humans and livestock, including North Carolina's Cherokee, Catawba, Saponi, Tutelo,… Read More

  • RALEIGH “WAYFINDERS” CREATE ONLINE PEDESTRIAN TOOL

    November 24, 2014

    Credit: Walk [Your City] On a January morning in 2012, Raleigh residents awoke to find 27 signs posted at three intersections in the city, noting “minutes by foot” distances to various public locations around town. The stunt, an installation intended to promote healthy and walkable communities, was coined "guerilla wayfinding." It received national and international media attention as a successful example of tactical urbanism, civic interventions to improve the urban environment. The unsanctioned signs were taken down within a few days and then unanimously approved by the city for reinstatement as an educational pilot program. With funding from Kickstarter and Blue Cross… Read More

  • PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED ON DURHAM-ORANGE LIGHT RAIL PROJECT

    November 13, 2014

    Triangle Transit will host four public workshops next week to provide an update on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment on a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement, and learn about how public input will be considered going forward. Project staff will be available to answer questions and listen to concerns. Workshop details are as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Durham Station Transportation Center, 517 W. Pettigrew St., Durham Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. – UNC Friday Center, Chapel Hill Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4 to 7… Read More

  • DURHAM-MADE PEDAL/SOLAR HYBRID NOW COMES IN TWO-SEATER OPTION

    November 12, 2014

    Photo: Sami Grover/creative commons We reported before on the Durham-made ELF, a solar/pedal-powered hybrid "velomobile" that is dubbed by its makers as "the most efficient vehicle on the planet". Until now, the ELF was really only designed to carry one person—limiting its appeal for many families with small children. Organic Transit, however, has just announced that they are launching a two-seater upgrade option called the 2FR. The upgrade costs $499 on top of the standard RRP of $5,495, and the company is currently taking orders with a 6-8 week lead time for delivery.  This author recently took an ELF 2FR… Read More

  • NC-MADE ELECTRIC TRUCK HITS THE STREETS

    November 5, 2014

    EV Fleet's electric pickup trucks, called the Condor after the giant vultures that soar over the Andes and the Sierras, are now in production. The Charlotte-based company has spent years testing and prototyping different models before they arrived at the Condor. The lightweight and aerodynamic truck has the acceleration of a sport car, but can carry as much as 1000 lbs. It is set up to coast and can go as far as 100 miles on a single charge at 65mph, or 140 miles at 45mph. EV Fleet is initially focusing its sales efforts on large fleet managers, worried about what… Read More

  • CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO SCHOOLS DIVERT 32,940 POUNDS OF TRASH FROM LANDFILL

    November 4, 2014

    Credit: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Dan Schnitzer’s job is to prove that sustainability pays off for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools. So far, the numbers are adding up. A district-wide composting and waste education effort, funded by savings from more efficient dumpster use, has led to these impressive results since the school year’s start ten weeks ago: • 19 bags of lunch trash generated daily by 15 schools, down from 155 last year • 32,940 pounds of waste diverted from the landfill • 12.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions prevented • 2.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions absorbed through… Read More

  • STATEWIDE YOUTH SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON CLIMATE JUSTICE

    October 30, 2014

    Credit: NC Climate Justice Summit Climate change impacts everyone, so shouldn't everyone be a part of the solution? The NC Climate Justice Summit, November 21-23 at Haw River State Park in Browns Summit, will be the first statewide gathering of youth and adult community leaders to address the links between climate change and social justice issues. The event, which is free for those under 18, will feature youth-facilitated workshops and activities to promote dialogue around the impacts of climate change on food, water, energy, housing, transportation, health, and economy in NC. Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate… Read More

  • EX PHILIP MORRIS PLANT BECOMES HOME OF $1BN BATTERY START-UP

    October 29, 2014

    Photo: Alevo/video screen grab On Tuesday, October 29th, international press, dignitaries and energy leaders gathered in Concord, NC to hear plans for a brand new battery plant that could bring thousands of jobs to North Carolina in the coming few years. Backed to the tune of $1bn by anonymous Swiss investors, and headed up by Norwegian former dot com entrepreneur Jostein Eikeland, Alevo plans to be manufacturing its "Gridbank" energy storage and analytics systems by July of 2015 on a corporate campus located at a former Philip Morris plant which closed in 2009.  This technology, if proved viable (no full-scale… Read More

  • DURHAM CONSIDERS A FOOD POLICY COUNCIL TO UNITE STAKEHOLDERS

    October 28, 2014

    Credit: Community Food Strategies One hundred Durham community members gathered last week to learn about food policy council efforts across the state and to consider development of a council locally. Hosted by the Durham Farm and Food Network, the meeting brought together a broad coalition of stakeholders—consumers, small businesses, producers, community organizations, government, and local leaders—interested in strengthening food policy, health, access and commerce in Durham. “We want to create an open tent that includes all folks that are a part of this system,” explained Durham NAACP’s Roland Staton, in the meeting’s opening remarks. Food policy councils are emerging across… Read More

  • NEW INITIATIVE TO INCREASE ACCESS TO LOCAL FOOD AND IMPROVE SMALL FARM VIABILITY

    October 23, 2014

    The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) Two of North Carolina’s largest farmer and local food advocacy organizations have teamed up for a new initiative. The project, called Connect2Direct, will improve access to local food and increase farmers market sales across the state. As we’ve reported previously local food sales have grown steadily across the state. However, North Carolina also has one of the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages, with over a quarter of our children regularly going to bed hungry. Connect2Direct seeks to ensure that everyone in North Carolina, including low-income… Read More

  • STRATA CELEBRATES $1BN INVESTED IN NC SOLAR

    October 20, 2014

    Photo: Strata Solar On October 14th, legislators, community leaders, solar farm landowners and industry representatives gathered at a solar farm in Sampson County to celebrate one company's major clean energy milestone. Strata Solar was announcing it has passed $1 billion in project investments in North Carolina solar since the company was founded in 2009. Whether it's the USDA investing $55 million in NC solar farms or Duke Energy committing to a huge increase in its solar capacity, solar power in North Carolina appears to be on a winning streak right now. (NC has been near the top of national rankings for installed… Read More

  • CARRBORO BECOMES THIRD BEE CITY USA

    October 16, 2014

    Photo: wolfpix/CC-by-nd-2.0 Carrboro, North Carolina, has long had policies that promote pollinator health. From its Least Toxic Integrated Pest Management policy adopted in 1999, through using native plants in municipal landscaping to celebrating local food and supporting local farmers, these innovations have helped brand the town as a center for sustainability and community-focused environmental action. Now community leaders are opening a new front in this effort, with the Carrboro Board of Alderman voting unanimously October 7 to become the third Bee City USA community. According to an article in the Daily Tar Heel, much of the focus will be on… Read More

  • PLANNED DURHAM “AGRIHOOD” BRINGS A FARM-CENTERED MODEL OF SUBURBAN DEVELOPMENT

    October 14, 2014

    Photo: Wetrock Farm Protecting the balance between city and country North Carolina offers a unique blend of country and city. Even the largest metropolitan areas in the state still have land in agricultural use just a few miles outside of town. Many North Carolinians find ways to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the country, as well as the job and cultural opportunities that cities have to offer. However, if current urban growth predictions prove correct, the rural lands outside of town will likely be taken out of agricultural use to become sprawling suburbs. A group of Durham based… Read More

  • EPA EXPLORES MORE ROBUST TOOLS FOR SCREENING CHEMICAL TOXICITY

    October 2, 2014

    Photo: EPA/screen capture This week, leaders in field of green chemistry gathered in RTP to discuss ways to use newly available data sets to move towards a greener economy. The summit, hosted by the EPA, brought together regulators, academic researchers and industry scientists to review the data emerging from the EPA's new Toxicity Forecaster (ToxCast) and discuss the impact new screening techniques will have on the future of chemical safety regulation. Until recently, screening chemicals for potential toxicity was costly and time consuming. Only chemicals used as food additives, drugs or pesticides and a few other special circumstances required rigorous… Read More

  • STATE ANNOUNCES $1M IN GRANTS FOR WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS

    October 1, 2014

    Photo: Gerry Dincher/creative commons From the challenges of water management for the textile industry to Ducks Unlimited conserving over 100,000 acres of wetlands, water resources play an important role in community well-being. That's why it's important news, reported over at the Voter Update, that the state is granting nearly $1m to water resources projects.  Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced nearly $1 million in grants for 10 projects in North Carolina towns and counties to restore streams, reduce erosion and study future water supplies. The N.C. Division of Water Resources awarded $966,177 for the Water Resources Development Project Grant Program with… Read More

  • OLD, POLLUTED DYE FACTORY BECOMES ECO-INDUSTRIAL PARK

    September 25, 2014

    Photo: ReVenture Park/video screenshot Across the Southeast, manufacturing sites with industrial infrastructure capable of enormous productive potential sit unused and idol. These sites are the garbage piles that manufacturing left behind when corporations moved their operations overseas, to places with less stringent labour and environmental regulations. But Tom McKittrick, founder and President of Forsite Development, doesn’t believe in trash. With the help of a number of partners, Forsite Development took an abandoned, badly polluted, textile-dye manufacturing plant near Mount Holly and turned it into an eco-industrial park that has already become a hub for green-color jobs. In August, McKittrick unveiled… Read More

  • USDA TO INVEST $55 MILLION IN NC SOLAR

    September 22, 2014

    Photo: O2 Energies/screenshot Renewable energy is growing fast in North Carolina. Just last week, Duke Energy announced a $500 million investment in new solar capacity. And on Thursday of last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a Franklin County solar farm to announce $68 million of support from the USDA for 540 new energy effieciency and renewable energy projects. Importantly, for NC, both Time Warner Cable and WRAL are reporting that $55 million of that money will go to North Carolina projects in the form of grants and loan guarantees.  Here's more from the USDA's own announcement on the initiative: In North… Read More

  • RALEIGH TO HOST SOUTHEAST ALTERNATIVE FUELS CONFERENCE

    September 18, 2014

    Photo: Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference Transportation is a central issue for anyone interested in advancing sustainability and tackling the looming problem of climate change. Billed as the largest gathering of its kind this year East of the Mississippi, the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference, organized by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the NC Solar Center), will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from the 22-24th of October. Featuring 400 attendees, over 50 exhibitors, 100 speakers and 20 ride and drive vehicles, this looks set to be an important event for sustainable transportation advocates.  Keynote speakers will include U.S. Department of… Read More

  • DUKE ENERGY TO SPEND $500 MILLION ON MORE SOLAR POWER

    September 17, 2014

    Photo: David Goehring/Creative Commons Duke Energy, the country's largest electricity company, announced this week that it was expanding its investment in solar power by $500 million, increasing its solar generation capacity by 278 megawatts. The move is being driven, say executives, by North Carolina's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards which require that 6% of Duke's retail electricity sales be generated from renewable sources by 2015. Rob Caldwell. Duke Energy's vice president of renewable generation development, told Fox Business: "That's why we're doing this, for renewable portfolio standard requirements," This latest announcement means that Duke Energy has made good on its previous RFP for… Read More

  • FARM AID COMES TO RALEIGH

    September 10, 2014

    Photo: © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc, courtesy of Farm Aid Willie Nelson and Farm Aid are on the road again, this year in Raleigh’s backyard at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, on Saturday, September 13. It’s been almost 30 years since the original concert in Champaign, Illinois, where Nelson and more than 50 artists performed to raise awareness about family farms struggling to keep their land while combating a devastating economy and the rising threat of factory farms. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million to promote the livelihoods of family farmers, provide resources and counseling to farms in crisis,… Read More

  • EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE SEEKS CLEAN ENERGY FUNDING

    September 4, 2014

    Photo: R Walker/creative commons The Eastern Band of Cherokee recently opened up a native plant nursery, growing their own supply of native plants to assist their conservation work. The tribe has also installed solar trees and solar hot water to help reduce its energy footprint. Now Triangle Business Journal reports that, with the help of the NC Clean Energy Technology Center located on NC State's Centennial Campus, the tribe is applying for  $4-$7 million in Federal grant money which will be used to fund clean energy and energy efficiency projects.  If the application is successful, the money will come from… Read More

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