BSC Library Articles Tagged: Water Management

  • innovation

    NC universities consider biological water treatment facility

    May 28, 2015

    Emory University's new WaterHub. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Water. Representatives from North Carolina State University, Duke and University of Chapel Hill were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Emory Universities’ WaterHub. The WaterHub uses a variety of biological organisms to clean waste water and reduce the university’s draw on Atlanta’s water supply.  The treated waste water is sent to chiller facilities, and is used for flushing toilets. The facility will treat 40% of the water that Emory uses, saving 146 million gallons annually and drastically cutting its municipal water bill. Emory’s system is the first of its kind…

  • 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.

  • community

    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…

  • carbon sequestration

    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…

  • innovation

    A GREEN-BUILT MCDONALD’S SHIFTS THE FAST FOOD PARADIGM

    November 26, 2013

    North Carolina students are already leading the way with sustainable design. Perhaps more surprisingly, so is a North Carolina McDonald’s. QSR Magazine recently ran an article highlighting the effort put forth by Ric Richards designing a McDonald’s in a way that “treats the Earth well.” The freshly redesigned location is aiming for 43 to 44 LEED credits, enough to reach a LEED Gold rating. Key sustainable elements include: ·       Demolition of the old structure resulted in 99.1% of material being reused or recycled ·       An on-site solar canopy generating 7.5% of the restaurant's energy ·       92% of the building is…

  • raleigh

    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…

  • water management

    STATE ANNOUNCES $1M IN GRANTS FOR WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS

    October 1, 2014

    Photo: Gerry Dincher/creative commons From the challenges of water management for the textile industry to Ducks Unlimited conserving over 100,000 acres of wetlands, water resources play an important role in community well-being. That's why it's important news, reported over at the Voter Update, that the state is granting nearly $1m to water resources projects.  Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced nearly $1 million in grants for 10 projects in North Carolina towns and counties to restore streams, reduce erosion and study future water supplies. The N.C. Division of Water Resources awarded $966,177 for the Water Resources Development Project Grant Program with…

  • agriculture

    What does the California drought mean for NC?

    April 29, 2015

    Raleigh's primary water supply, Falls Lake, lost 70% of its volume during the 2007 drought. Photo Credit: LearnNC The western United States are parched. California is now in the fourth year of a severe drought. The Sierra Nevada mountains have less than a tenth of the snow they usually have at this time. In normal years, this snowpack provides a third of the water that California uses during summer and fall. For the first time in the state’s history, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a mandatory 25 percent statewide reduction in urban water use. Farmers and rural residents have already seen…

  • agriculture

    Water scarcity breeds innovation

    April 29, 2015

    Nathan Kaufman of Viridis Aquaponic Growers explains how their system uses 95% less water than conventional growing methods. Photo credit: Jacob Levin Part one of this article explains why competition over water is becoming fierce in North Carolina. The following article looks at some of the innovative techniques that people living in water scarce regions are developing to make the best possible use of this precious, life-giving resource. Although a severe drought may seem like a plague, scarcity leads to incredible innovation. Out west and in water-scarce regions around the world, humans are developing ways of farming and living that…

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