Articles from the BSC Library Sustainability Education Articles

  • BSC joins the NBS Sustainability Centers Community

    July 18, 2016

    BSC has joined the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) Centers network, composed of sustainability centers at business schools around the world that are dedicated to helping create a more sustainable… Read More

  • Campaign calls for solar schools in Durham and Charlotte

    August 20, 2015

    A Greenpeace-backed campaign, Repower Our Schools, is asking Durham and Charlotte school districts to go solar. 

  • NC State’s Wolfpack aims for zero waste

    June 16, 2015

    Starting this fall, NC State’s Carter Finley Stadium is striving for zero waste.

  • North Carolina Sustainability Center passes the torch to Poole College‚Äôs Sustainability Initiative

    April 21, 2015

    The North Carolina Sustainability Center (NCSC) on April 21 officially transferred its role as an online sustainability community to the Sustainability Initiative at the NC State University Poole College of… 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

  • UNC PEMBROKE PROMOTING GREENER TRANSPORTATION

    September 3, 2014

    Photo: Eneas De Troya/creative commons Whether it's UNC reducing its energy use per square foot by 20%, NC State slashing water and energy consumption, or a coalition of universities promoting next generation semiconductors, North Carolina's university system is already making waves when it comes to sustainability. Now the Robesonian reports that UNC Pembroke is being recognized for its sustainable transportation efforts, which have included car sharing, bike share schemes, transportation shuttles and, now, some newly installed electric vehicle chargers. As the Robesonian also reports, these achievements—and more—were celebrated at the recent Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone on Appalachian State University’s campus.… Read More

  • COULD FALCONRY PROVIDE CHEMICAL-FREE BIRD CONTROL TO NC FARMERS?

    July 18, 2014

    Photo: tiarescot/CC-by-2.0 The North Carolina Falconers Guild will offer a falconry apprentice workshop on August 23rd at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. Participants will learn about the laws governing ownership of raptors and will get an introduction to how to care for and train birds of prey. The workshop can serve as the first step towards obtaining a falconry license, however participants will still need to complete a two year apprenticeship with an experienced falconer before they can have their own bird. Falconry is often considered a time-consuming hobby, but in California, Oregon and Washington state,… Read More

  • CAN NC’S STRAWBERRY INDUSTRY PROTECT SOIL HEALTH?

    June 30, 2014

    Photo: huangjiahui/creative commons When local farming pioneer John Vollmer passed away recently, he was remembered not just for championing organic agriculture. Having been an agricultural chemical seller for many years, Vollmer was at least as influential in encouraging conventional growers to reconsider the role of soil health on their farms. It seems likely that Vollmer would approve of a study being conducted by NC State University researchers Amanda McWhirt, Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, Gina Fernandez, Hannah Burrack and Yasmin Cardoza. The study explores ways that all NC strawberry growers can help maintain soil health, reduce chemical use, and become more economically sustainable… Read More

  • UNC REDUCES ENERGY USE BY 20% PER SQUARE FOOT

    April 9, 2014

    Like NC State's impressive sustainability achievements, the rest of UNC's 17-campus university system is in the midst of a major, long-term transition toward sustainability. With an eventual goal of reaching carbon neutrality at every campys by 2050, individual campuses are enacting interim goals and initiatives that seek to reduce energy, water and resource use, as well as increasing the consumption of renewable and other low-carbon fuel sources. As part of those efforts, UNC has already cut energy use by 20% per square foot in the last decade, and potable water use by 40% in that same time period. UNC's various… Read More

  • FORUM EXPLORES CHINA’S CLEANTECH OPPORTUNITIES

    March 24, 2014

    Photo: mckaysavage/creative commons Chinese Premier Li Keqiang recently declared a "war on pollution" in an effort to bring China's now notorious air-quality issues under control. While some have questioned the implications of such an effort for China's economic growth targets, others are pointing to the massive investment opportunities represented by renewable energy, energy efficiency and other cleantech.  With the Triangle positioning itself as a hub for cleantech, there's little doubt that China's energy and cleantech landscape will have a direct impact on the North Carolina economy.  That's why the 2014 EDGE Forum, being held at Duke University this Wednesday (March… Read More

  • DUKE FREE STORE GIVES OLD OBJECTS NEW LIFE

    March 17, 2014

    "Binders, so many binders..." - a caption found on the Duke Free Store Facebook page. From the new freshmen arriving each year, through people moving from dorms to off campus living, to graduates finishing up with their studies - student life can be pretty transient. And all that moving about tends to create a lot of waste. With Duke University pursuing ambitious sustainability goals, including reducing both waste and energy use, this flow of trash to landfill represents significant challenges.  The Duke Free Store, a partnership between Students for Sustainable Living and Duke Recycles, encourages students, staff and faculty to donate… Read More

  • BEHIND THE SCENES OF NC STATE’S COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

    March 12, 2014

    When President Barack Obama spoke at NC State University on January 15th, 2014, he was announcing a very important initiative with a somewhat unwieldy name. The Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute is a collaboration between the Department of Energy, NC State University and whole host of other private and public sector actors with a singular mission: advancing the development, manufacturing and commercialization of Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors. We caught up with Dennis Kekas, the Acting Executive Director of the Institute, to learn more.  Can you explain a little more about the significance of WBG semiconductors?  We use silicon semiconductors… Read More

  • BUILDING A CROWDFUNDED LIBRARY OF FARMER INNOVATION

    March 6, 2014

    Photo: RAFI-USA To be a successful small farmer, you have to be resourceful. And to be resourceful, you usually have to innovate - using the resources available to you to take care of the land, ensure a good yield, and find ways to bring your crops to market without losing your shirt. RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), a Pittsboro-based non-profit has been awarding grants to farmers for over 17 years, helping farming communities to transition away from tobacco as a cash crop, and toward more diverse, resilient and financially stable forms of family farming - and of these projects, more than… Read More

  • EXPEDITION ENCOURAGES BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

    January 22, 2014

    Coastal issues such as bridge building on NC highway 12, as well as planning for sea level rise, will be topics explored during the IJNR expedition. Photo: NCDOT/creative commons The best journalist knows first hand the issues they cover. Accurate, responsible environmental journalism depends on a real understanding of environmental issues. Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR) aims to deliver just that, with the mission: advance public understanding and civic engagement about issues of environment protection, resource conservation and responsible economic development through better journalism. “IJNR conducts expedition-style programs of training and professional development for journalists at all career… Read More

  • HOW A FISH CAME TO TEACH SCHOOL

    December 30, 2013

    Image: Dan River Basin Association The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA), with the help of coldwater fish and an innovative environmental education program, is instilling a conservation ethic in students from kindergarten to the college level. DRBA adopted Trout in the Classroom (TIC) after Dr. David Jones founded the program in Henry County Virginia in 2005. Dr. Jones realized the imperative to teach young minds about water resources and conservation. He was looking for a way to engage the community in an effort to protect the Smith River in Virginia, home to one of Virginia’s largest populations of naturally reproducing… Read More

  • HOW SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IS THRIVING IN NC: A CONVERSATION WITH PAT LONG & ALEX NAAR

    November 20, 2013

    According to Pat Long, projects like The Proximity Hotel in Greensboro have shown that luxury and sustainability can not only be combined, but they can be combined in a fiscally prudent manner. Photo credit: The Proximity Hotel Recognized by media outlets like Fast Company and the BBC, East Carolina University's Center for Sustainable Tourism is on the cutting edge of greener, more responsible travel - including playing a key role in the development of the NC GreenTravel program. We talked with CST's Director Pat Long, as well as Alex Naar, the center's Director of Sustainable Tourism Initiatives, to discuss the center's work… Read More

  • FROM VACANT BUILDING TO ENERGY EFFICIENT CHARTER SCHOOL

    November 12, 2013

    Photo: Self-Help The historic YE Smith school building in East Durham was not much to look at when Self-Help first acquired it. Having served as the area’s main public school until 1967, when it was replaced by the current YE Smith elementary school, it subsequently housed services for students with disabilities. It sat vacant for several years, after a proposed apartment project failed to come to fruition. By the time of Self-Help's purchase, it was in need of complete repair.  That repair, however, has been dramatic.  The newly rennovated building, which will now house the relocated Maureen Joy Charter School,… Read More

  • UNCC TEAM CREATES AWARD-WINNING NET ZERO ENERGY HOME

    November 4, 2013

    Photo: UNC Charlotte/Urban Eden It’s no surprise corporations are leading the solar boom in North Carolina, but our universities are also charging forward with innovative approaches to sustainable construction and design too. A multidisciplinary team from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte entered “UrbanEden” into the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013, bringing home two awards - tied for third place in the juried Engineering Contest and winning the popular-vote People’s Choice Award.. UrbanEden is a net-zero energy solar powered home “inspired by a commitment to urban revitalization.” Although it’s designed for urban living, it still embraces nature with… Read More

  • NC STATE SLASHES WATER USE, ENERGY, EMISSIONS

    October 31, 2013

    Photo: NCSU Doing more with less is one of the central tennets of sustainability. At NC State University, they appear to have taken that principle to heart. Not only has NCSU's Lonnie Poole Golf Course been held up as a beacon of sustainability in the sport, but the whole university has been on a mission to slash its water and energy use dramatically. And they appear to be succeeding:  With yet another year of energy conservation success in fiscal year 2012-2013, NC State University has reduced campus energy use by 21 percent and water use by 49 percent in the… Read More

  • NCSU GOLF COURSE RECOGNIZED AS GREEN LEADER IN INDUSTRY

    September 23, 2013

    Photo: NC State University The United Nations once estimated that, worldwide, golf courses consume about 2.5 billion gallons of water per day. As the sport has grown internationally, concerns over the environmental impact of golf courses - from pesticide use to loss of wildlife habitat - have grown considerably. But there's also been a push from within the industry to green up its act. That push is being helped by golf courses that are finding new ways to integrate biodiversity and environmentally responsible management practices into every aspect of their operations. The Lonnie Poole golf course at NC State University… Read More

  • Duke’s Nicholas Institute Ranked Among Top 10 Climate & Economics Think Tanks

    August 7, 2013

    Universities are playing an important role in mapping out the implications that climate change may have in all areas of human endeavor - from economics to energy to agriculture to urban planning.  Duke Universities Nicholas Institute has just received a major accolade, with the International Center for Climate and Governance (ICCG) ranking it amont the top ten think tanks globally working on climate, policy and economics. The rankings are standardized, and based on a set of five separately weighted indicators—events, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change submissions, articles in peer-reviewed journals and the frequency those articles were cited, non-peer reviewed publications… Read More

  • TRIAD UNIVERSITIES EXPLORE CHEAPER, CONCENTRATED SOLAR

    August 1, 2013

    Photo: Tom Raftery/Creative Commons There's been much hype around the concept of concentrated solar power.  These systems use concentrating mirrors to focus sunlight on a much smaller array of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. (Some systems focus sunlight to produce heat, which is then used to drive a turbine to produce electricity.) As photovoltaic prices have come down, however, both in terms of the equipment itself and associated installation costs, some have questioned whether concentrated solar can continue to keep up.  A team of researchers from 4 Triad univesities believe it will not only keep up, but might beat the cost… Read More

  • Asheville’s Urban Farm School to Foster Local Food Projects

    March 20, 2013

    Guest Post By Leah Quintal Imagine this: your company launches a corporate social responsibility program by planting an onsite garden for employees to maintain and harvest. Excess food is donated to area food banks and homeless shelters. School groups come tour your garden. You become a community darling due to your social and environmental impact. It's good for your business, it's good for your community, it's good for your employees, and it's sensational PR. Sounds well and good in theory, but is it achievable? Bringing Food Production Inside the City Limits This May, a new Urban Farm School in Asheville… Read More

  • HIGH-TECH GREEN SCHOOL A FITTING TRIBUTE TO MARGARET POLLARD

    November 19, 2012

    By Sami Grover “Without a vision, the people perish.” says Gary Phillips, quoting the Old Testament as he talks about a new middle school in Chatham County. "Schools are one of the central places where people in the community meet--more than churches, town halls or anything else. If you have a school that is performing with energy and with light, the children are going to take it back to their parents. Particularly as our society begins to secularize, schools are the shining light in the darkness.” It might seem odd to talk about a new school in such Biblical terms,… Read More

  • BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARNS BRONZE SUSTAINABILITY RATING

    March 20, 2012

    Brunswick Community College (BCC) in southeastern North Carolina is among the recent NC institutions to participate in the STARS sustainability rating system created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). BCC earned a Bronze rating for its efforts to incorporate sustainability into its curriculum and operations. “We have found STARS to be a valuable tool to provide the college a baseline for future sustainability improvements and planning,” said BCC president Susanne Adams. At BCC’s 2nd Annual Southeastern NC Sustainability Symposium, hosted last week by the college’s Green Information & Training Center, Dr. Adams emphasized that… Read More

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