Monday, August 15, 2011

Carolina in the News

Check out the recent media mention of sustainability-related programs, practices, and people at UNC:

UNC-CH moving Carolina North forward
The Triangle Business Journal
After more than a decade of planning and traversing various mine fields, including concerns about traffic and a horrendous economy, construction may finally be on the horizon for UNC-Chapel Hill’s much debated Carolina North satellite campus. ...“This is the first building we expect to break ground on at Carolina North, and everyone is excited about it,” says Gordon Merklein, executive director of real estate development for the university. “We think it’s going to be a catalyst to get things going.”
Summer reading examines 'Eating Animals'
The Chapel Hill News
UNC and Duke are intense rivals on the court, but off court the universities collaborate in many ways. This year the schools are working together on their summer reading programs. A joint committee chose "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Inside the List 
The New York Times
Can a peaceable literary vegetarian from Brooklyn bring together what a bloody Southern basketball rivalry has torn asunder? That was surely the hope of administrators at Duke and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, when they chose Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” as the joint summer reading for this fall’s incoming freshmen. So far, the carnivore-unfriendly choice does not seem to have elicited any complaints from the local barbecue industry, though the state’s educators have courted controversy before.

Does Purdue's $4.2 million flip-flop on coal plant prove costly or save millions?
The Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.)
...Since 2007 more than 60 proposed coal plants have been canceled or put on hold and some universities have pledged to stop using coal. Last year University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced it will end its use of coal in the next decade and the Missouri University of Science and Technology is replacing its coal-fired boilers on campus with a biomass.

Rural areas' lack of sidewalks fueling obesity problems
The Tampa Tribune (Florida)
...How neighborhoods are designed influences people's walking, bicycling and jogging habits, according to a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill study published in December. In rural areas, the more those long, country roads connect, the more people exercise outside, the study concluded.

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