BSC Library Articles Tagged: Durham

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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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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    COOPERATIVE GROCERY STORE TO OPEN IN DURHAM

    July 7, 2014

    Image: Durham Co-op Market Durham’s already thriving food scene will soon add a grocery co-op, with shelves stocked full of locally grown and produced goods. When the Durham Co-op Market (formerly known as Durham Central Market) opens its doors in early 2015, it will be the realization of a dream that began more than half a decade ago. Thanks to the work of the Board of Directors, over 1000 community owners and a partnership with Self-Help Ventures, the market was able to sign a long-term lease on a property near the Chapel Hill Street exit of the Durham Freeway last…

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    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. 

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    DURHAM’S 100% LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, IN-SEASON FLORIST

    July 14, 2014

    Photo: Pine State Flowers For all of the growth in NC's local food movement recently, there's been less attention on other, non-edible agricultural products like fresh cut flowers. There are, of course, flowers available at many farmers' markets, but the florist section of most supermarkets—even supermarkets with an active local food program—tend to be shipped in from all over the world.  That's where Pine State Flowers hopes to find its niche. Selling only fresh, local, seasonal and sustainably grown flowers, this flower shop and small flower farm is looking to provide Durham residents with an alternative to the year-round offerings…

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham schools can save millions by going solar

    February 3, 2016

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham school districts can meet electricity needs, save millions by going 100 percent solar. In a press release published today, February 3, 2016, two reports by the North…

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    ONLINE SUSTAINABLE GROCERY SERVICE LAUNCHES IN DURHAM

    June 10, 2014

    Photo: Relay Foods/screen capture Western North Carolina is not the only place with a strong local food scene. The Triangle area has also become known for its farmers' markets, farm tours and farm-to-table restaurants and cafes. Now a new grocery service aims to build on that culture, offering online grocery shopping with a strong focus on local, organic and sustainably produced goods.  Originally launched in Charlottesville, Virginia, Relay Foods now serves five regional markets including Richmond, Baltimore and Washington DC. Zach Buckner, CEO and Founder of Relay Foods, told Charlottesville Newsplex that the decision to come to Durham was based on…

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    NC CYCLISTS ORGANIZE FOR SAFER STREETS

    May 22, 2014

    Photo: Bike Durham For a long time, biking in North America has been primarily seen as a hobby and/or a sport, not a serious mode of transportation. Yet a growing number of cyclists and sustainable transport advocates are pushing to make biking a part of everyday life. Sometimes it means pushing for better bike infrastructure. Sometimes it means supporting new pedal-powered vehicles like the Durham-made ELF. And sometimes it just means making sure that motorists are aware of bikes, and bikes are aware of motorists..  On Wednesday, May 21st, cyclists in 9 communities across North Carolina—including RTP, Asheville, Boone, Gastonia,…

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    COMMUNITY-LED SOLAR INITIATIVES SPREADING ACROSS STATE

    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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    GREEN ROOF INDUSTRY PUTS DOWN ROOTS IN DOWNTOWN DURHAM

    December 4, 2013

    The First Green Roof in Downtown Durham’s Historic District Photo: Xero Flor America Green roofs are an increasingly popular feature on new sustainably designed and built structures - managing storm water, reducing air conditioning needs and promoting biodiversity in the process. Because of the additional weight, putting a green roof on an existing building, however, can be challenging - especially in a designated historic district. This is where “extensive” green roofs come into the picture. “Extensive” green roofs typically range from 2 to 6 inches in depth, and are relatively light weight, making them a possible option on retrofits without significant…

  • community

    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,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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