BSC Library Articles Tagged: Community

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    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…

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    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…

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    January 2, 2014

    Photo: Andreas Demmelbauer/creative commons There is a solar surge going on in NC right now, but most of that growth has been limited to large, utility-scale solar farm projects.  At least, so far.  New schemes are springing up in several cities across the state that seek to make solar affordable for ordinary citizens, including low income homeowners. Based on a grassroots model initially developed in Oregon, and supported by the Department of Energy,  Solarize Asheville has already been signing up would-be solar system owners and using their collective bargaining power to drive down costs. In November of last year, Raleigh city…

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    How an architect is reimagining the food system

    March 8, 2015

    Image: Community Food Lab/screen capture Food and farming isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think about architecture, yet design plays a crucial role in influencing our food choices as a society. That's why Erin White (NC State master’s in architecture) has applied his design skills to improving the Triangle’s food system. White is the founder of Community Food lab, a design and consulting firm focused on local food systems.  The News and Observer recently profiled White's important, and perhaps counterintuitive, work: “He is a founding member of the Capital Area Food Network, which seeks to…

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    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…

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    Business community signs up to Durham Living Wage

    March 23, 2015

    Photo: Durham Living Wage From high speed fiber broadband to the proposed Durham-Orange County light rail, there are signs that Durham's economy is on a major upswing. Many in the community, however, still struggle to get by on low and stagnant wages, and a new voluntary certification scheme is hoping to change that—providing recognition for employers who pay a true living wage and, organizers hope, creating market demand for more businesses to raise their pay.  Durham Living Wage launched this month at a packed meeting of the Durham People's Alliance at Fullsteam Brewery in downtown Durham. It is modeled after the successful Living…

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    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,…

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    Bringing It Home conference looks to strengthen NC’s local economies

    March 31, 2015

    Photo credit: Bringing It Home On March 18th, close to two hundred people gathered at Asheville-Bumcombe Technical Community College to discuss strategies for strengthening local economies. The inaugural Bringing It Home conference brought together new economic pioneers from across North Carolina to share promising initiatives and models that are helping keep money circulating locally. Note: The following reports on specific panels are drawn from Mountain Xpress’s excellent write up of the conference—please take a look at the full article for a deeper overview of everything that was discussed. Some of the panels looked at particular sectors of the economy, like food,…

  • climate change


    October 31, 2013

    Photo: betancourt/Creative Commons  As anyone who has survived a hurricane knows, weather is a source of considerable risk. And given that weather is governed by climate, scientists' warnings of dramatic climate change should usher in, at the very least, a notion of uncertainty for communities and businesses alike. North Carolina businesses are starting to get it. Uncertainty, from a business perspective, is an uncomfortable notion. From physical risks like a changing hydrological cycle and sea level rise, to reputational risks, it’s looking like an increasingly tangible reality. Businesses, communities, society, agriculture, and policy makers need to understand the climate, what…

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    Raleigh recognized as four STAR community

    May 21, 2015

    In April, Raleigh became the first community in North Carolina to achieve certification through the national STAR Community Rating System. The rating system uses city data to measure participants sustainability efforts, as well as economic, social and cultural goals. Raleigh received four out of five possible stars, thanks to its commitment to sustainability, its strong local economy and its thriving art scene. From the city of Raleigh’s press release: “The City of Raleigh has a long commitment to sustainability with a focus not only on environmental stewardship but also on economic strength and social equity,” said Mayor McFarlane. “The 4-STAR…

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    October 20, 2013

    Photo: Selena N.B.H./Creative Commons What's the link between erecting solar panels and increasing employee education? What does supporting local fisheries have to do with donating to charity? It's easy to look at social responsibility or philanthropic efforts as individual acts of doing good, of course, but they are also examples of what's known as social innovation. And it appears that social innovation is on the rise.   Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation defines the term as follows: “A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and…

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    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.

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    North Carolina Sustainability Center passes the torch to Poole College’s 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…

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    NC GreenPower tests new focus on solar for schools & community

    March 4, 2015

    Photo Credit: Alex Snyder / Creative Commons NC GreenPower has announced two new pilot projects that signal a shift in the organization's focus. After more than a decade of helping to boost the state's voluntary renewable energy portfolio through production-based incentives, the group is transitioning its direction toward school solar installations and other community impact projects more likely to galvanize contributor support. A Changing Landscape for Renewable Energy Launched in 2003, NC GreenPower is a Raleigh-based non-profit that has supported nearly 1,000 projects across the state, with emphasis on residential solar PV. The first initiative of its kind in the…

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    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.…

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    Sustainable Luxury with Francine Petersen

    January 25, 2016

    Sustainable Luxury with Francine Petersen by Veronica Luedke Last fall, NC State welcomed Dr. Francine Petersen, Associate Professor at the European School of Management in a collaboration between the Poole…

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    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…

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    Jenkins MBA Team takes Second Place in Invest for Impact Competition

    March 5, 2016

    A Jenkins MBA team from NC State earned second place in The Invest for Impact Competition hosted on February 26, 2016 by the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC - Chapel Hill. This was the first time the Jenkins MBA program participated in the invitation-only competition.

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    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…

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    NC State Net Impact Chapter hosts Food Waste and Hunger Forum

    March 30, 2016

    The NC State Net Impact convened the Food Waste and Hunger Forum at the Talley Student Union. The event brought together panelists who are working on initiatives to eliminate food waste, and audience participants who are interested in solving food waste and hunger.

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    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…

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    Red Hat Participates in Fall 2016 B Corp Clinic

    January 18, 2017

    By Carla Davis, NC State Sustainability Office Communications Contributions from Anna Campbell, Poole College Communications Is a for-profit company’s only goal to generate profit? A growing number of Triangle-area businesses…

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    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…

  • b corporation

    John Replogle’s Career Starters: Jumbo Shrimp, A Beer Magazine, Good Mentors

    February 27, 2017

    Do you ever wonder how successful business leaders get their start? Read the origin story of John Replogle, President and CEO of Seventh Generation.

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    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…

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    Students from Across NC Participate in 2017 Spring B Corp Clinic

    June 28, 2017

    The Spring B Corp Clinic brought together students from all over North Carolina to help various organizations with their B Certified status. Read about the many projects and sustainable solutions that students and professionals developed throughout the clinic with local companies.

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    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…

  • business


    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…

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    Using Business as a Force for Good is Big Business

    August 1, 2017

    Benefit corporations are using their business for good while also meeting the shifting customer demands. Read more about the change in customer preferences and how businesses are working towards a more ethical practice.

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