Sunday, October 2, 2011

Carolina in the News

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

Lessons from China’s cities
The Houston Chronicle
... "The speed and scale of China’s urban revolution challenges nearly all our expectations about architecture, urbanism and city planning. China’s ambition to be a major player on the global stage is written on the skylines of every major city,” says Dr. Campanella in his book.

Truth and Nonsense About Mortgage Lending, the Housing Collapse and Homeownership
The Huffington Post
... Written by a trio of researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Regaining the Dream focuses on a study of a North Carolina-based project known as the Community Advantage Program (CAP), aimed at promoting sustainable lending to low and moderate-income communities.

Why the Triangle needs a plan (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
Compared with other metro areas, the Research Triangle is relatively young. This provides us the opportunity to avoid many development-related problems experienced elsewhere. The big question is: Will we grab this opportunity while it is still available, or will we allow the Triangle to develop the way of Atlanta (or pick any other highly car-dependent, sprawling, polluted, congested metro area)?
William M. Rohe is the Cary C. Boshamer professor of city and regional planning and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of a new book called "The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence."

Forum focuses on the economy and environment
The Chapel Hill News
... How the town might sustain businesses and bring new ones in was another focus. Tapping into new student innovation at UNC is a key to spurring new business and nonprofit growth, said Lee Storrow, a council candidate.

UNC BOT Selects Possible Designers For Carolina North Research Building
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC’s Board of Trustees is one step closer to selecting a designer firm for the first building at Carolina North. “This is an exciting facility,” says Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction Bruce Runbe. “It’s the research facility at Carolina North, and it will span 225,000 square feet. It’s a building to bring various research related units together.”

Partnership offering grants
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
An initiative that promotes collaborative academic projects developed by students from Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill is accepting applications for $5,000 grants. The Kenan-Biddle Partnership, launched in 2010, is funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Reforming the Carnivores
Inside Higher Ed
...In trying to get grass-fed beef into the dining halls at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the student group Fair Local Organic (FLO) realized just how difficult it is to find such a product. North Carolina contracts with the food service provider Aramark, which has a number of safety, equipment and process regulations that producers must meet in order to supply for the company. But those regulations often aren’t feasible for the smaller producers that raise their animals humanely, students said.

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