BSC Library Articles Tagged: Waste Reduction

  • environmental impact

    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.

  • charlotte

    CAN CHARLOTTE CHARITY CREATE “AMERICA’S MOST SUSTAINABLE URBAN CORE”?

    May 21, 2014

    Photo: James Willeamor/creative commons It's hard to save what you don't measure. But one North Carolina non-profit is hoping to use that insight to turn North Carolina’s biggest city into the most sustainable urban core in the United States. Envision Charlotte has set itself an important goal—to utilize Charlotte's Uptown to develop first-of-their kind programs in energy, water, waste and air to conserve resources and reduce operating costs. But what does the whole integrated approach of building a Smart City entail? And what does that mean for Charlotte's competitiveness as a region? One aspect of Envision Charlotte’s efforts include social-norming energy…

  • innovation

    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…

  • waste reduction

    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…

  • certification

    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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