Thursday, October 13, 2011

Carolina in the News

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

Botanical Garden presents sculpture awards
The Chapel Hill News
Awards were presented to North Carolina artists whose work appears in the 23rd annual fall sculpture exhibition at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. ...Honorary chairpersons for this year's exhibition were Lex and Ann Alexander of Chapel Hill. The 53 sculptures remain on display through Nov. 19.

We're making progress in our diet and health 
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
It's good to reflect from time to time on the progress we've made in matters of diet and health. The big world of food and nutrition is a challenging mix of pleasure and puzzle. Like me, you probably love to eat but have to work at understanding how your choices affect your health, as well as the environment and animal welfare. (Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical associate professor in the department of health policy and administration in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.)
Coral reef preservation has a long history
The Los Angeles Times
...Humans may have been damaging coral reefs for centuries, said John Bruno, a marine ecologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was not involved in the study. But, he added, "these reefs are still resilient and able to recover from significant disturbances … certainly, a kernel of good news for reef managers."

Three Triad universities named America's "Coolest Schools"
The Business Journal
Three Triad universities have been rewarded for "going green" by Sierra magazine, a publication of the Sierra Club. ... Four other colleges in North Carolina made the cut including Warren Wilson College (4), Appalachian State University (12), UNC Chapel Hill (39) and Duke University (60).

For 33 years, marine scholar has kept his eyes on storms 
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
Hurricane Irene left behind more than soaked furniture and buzzing mosquitoes. For Hans Paerl, such large storms also bring new information about the coastal waterways he has studied for decades: how they work, how they can change over time and maybe how to keep them healthy. "It's an amazing event, and it leads to interesting science," says Paerl, who runs a lab at the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for Marine Sciences in Morehead City. "We don't like hurricanes, but when they happen, we go into overdrive."

Students walk to, or near, school
The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)
It's too dangerous for all of Mount Holly Elementary's students to walk along busy rural roads to school. But that didn't stop them from taking part in International Walk to School Day, an annual event to bring attention to the health and environmental benefits of walking and to promote safe paths to schools. ...Orchard Park Elementary in Fort Mill also took part in Walk to School Day, which is promoted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

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