BSC Library Articles Tagged: Environmental Impact

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    NORTH CAROLINA CELEBRATES REACHING 100 GREEN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

    August 10, 2014

    Eco-minded tourists now have one hundred green-travel destinations to choose from in NC.

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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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    HOG WASTE POWER PROTECTS WATER & PROVIDES CLEAN ENERGY TOO

    July 23, 2014

    A large-scale, conventional hog waste lagoon on a farm in North Carolina. Photo: Waterkeepers Alliance/creative commons Hog waste has long been a source of trouble for North Carolina, but now it's becoming a source of energy. Late last month, Storms Hog Farms cut the ribbon on its Storms Hog Power facility in Bladenboro, NC, which uses anaerobic digestion to convert hog waste into a source of renewable energy. The Storm Hog Power facility is the sixth such facility in North Carolina, and the largest one to date. Each day, the farm collects the manure from 30,000 hogs and places it into…

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    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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    HIGH POINT COMPANY TURNS WASTE PLASTIC INTO DIESEL FUEL

    June 18, 2014

    From old computers through scrapped cars to post-consumer carpets, an awful lot of plastic-based waste ends up in landfill because it is too difficult, or too expensive, to recycle. Clean Blue Technologies, a High Point based technology start up is hoping to change all that, turning waste plastics into commercial grade diesel fuel, syngas and carbon black. Founder John Blair explains more on the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter website:  Clean Blue works with the less desirable and unable-to-be-reused higher numbered plastics, which typically wind up in landfills. Larger companies already contract with municipalities to take the more popular recyclable plastics;…

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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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    COULD SUSTAINABLE OYSTER FARMING REVIVE NC ECONOMIES, COMMUNITIES AND COASTAL WATERS?

    April 16, 2014

    Photo: Alpha/creative commons Oysters are an integral part coastal ecosystems, and were once a major industry in North Carolina. Today, oyster harvests are a fraction of what they were at the start of the 20th century, due in large part to dwindling wild populations. Over-harvesting, loss of habitat and pollution all contributed to a 50-90% decrease in the number of oysters in North Carolina waters. A dedicated group of fisherman and researchers believe that oyster farming could help turn the tide, bringing ecological and economic benefits to our coasts. Oysters raised in bags and cages can be harvested year round,…

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    DURHAM-MADE SOLAR PEDAL HYBRID VEHICLES TAKE OFF

    March 13, 2014

    Photo: Organic Transit "I saw three ELFs on the way to work this morning, honey." That's the kind of statement that tends to get you funny looks from your significant other. But it's exactly what happened for this author, driving between Watts Hillandale and downtown Durham. The ELF solar pedal hybrid vehicle, made by Durham-based Organic Transit, has become a familiar sight on Durham streets. Offering the work out and environmental benefits of a bicycle with the weather protection, cargo capacity and convenience of a car, the ELF is aimed at getting urban commuters out of their cars.  Designed by…

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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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    GREENING THE SUPPLY CHAIN: TARBORO ELECTRONICS PLANT RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

    February 24, 2014

    From Wal-Mart through Ikea to Nissan, global consumer brands have begun to take sustainability and environmental responsibility extremely seriously. That's one of the reasons why North Carolina has seen an unprecedented solar boom in the last year, with businesses like Apple investing in multi-megawatt solar farms.  What's less often talked about is that this focus is working its way up the supply chain, as suppliers are being increasingly rewarded for improving their performance too.  That's the case with Keihin Carolina System Technology (KCST), an electronics manufacturer based in Tarboro, NC. Already recognized by Honda (their customer) and NC DENR for their…

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    FUTURE “MEGALOPOLIS” COULD STRETCH FROM RALEIGH TO ATLANTA, SAY NCSU RESEARCHERS

    August 25, 2014

    A team of NC State researchers believes we could see a seamless corridor of urban development between Atlanta and Raleigh. 

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    NC BREATHE forum focuses on clean air

    March 12, 2015

    Photo: Creative Commons NC BREATHE, a free one-day event focused on clean air quality across the state, will be held in Raleigh on March 26. The conference will provide a forum for researchers, advocates, and policymakers to examine the intersection of environment, health, and air quality, and to discuss how improved policies can benefit the health and economy of state residents. Featured speakers include Michelle Bell of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Drew Shindell of Duke’s Nicholas School for the Environment, and a range of other leading healthcare and environmental professionals. The conference is sponsored by Clean Air…

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    How will fiber broadband impact sustainability?

    March 19, 2015

    Fiber Optic Spools. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks North Carolina is well on its way to having some of the fastest and cheapest broadband in the whole country. With private companies, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives all investing in fiber, people across the state will soon enjoy significantly faster speeds at a much lower cost. These new networks have the potential to move our state towards a more sustainable future. They can change how work gets done, and reduce the need to travel or own a car. Abundant bandwidth creates new opportunities to develop sensors to track and communicate environmental indicators, like…

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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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    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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    Waste to Green recognized for environmental impact

    May 11, 2015

    Waste to Green, a minority and woman-owned electronics recycling company, made the “B Corp Best for the Environment” list for the second year in a row. The Henderson-based company is on a mission to divert as much electronic waste from landfills as possible. Waste to Green works with individuals and companies to make sure electronic waste is recycled to its highest possible use, and that all data is entirely destroyed. Currently, much of the electronic waste that the developed world generates gets shipped to developing countries, where it often piles up in slums, leaching toxic chemicals into the environment. Co-founder…

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    Zoe B Organics offers baby toys that are better for babies and the planet

    August 10, 2014

    New parents can now get plastic-free toys from Wiston-Salem based Zoë b Organics

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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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