Friday, April 27, 2012

Carolina in the News

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

NC Student’s Guerrilla Project to Encourage People to Walk Gets Support of Officials 
The Associated Press 
On a January night, under cover of darkness, Matt Tomasulo and friends dared to commit a subversive act: They placed 27 signs at three intersections in Raleigh, advising people how long it takes to walk from one destination to another. They were also part of Tomasulo’s master’s project in city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create an advocacy campaign called Walk Raleigh, designed to promote healthier communities through walking. Read more » 

Obesity Linked to Neighborhood Features: Do You Live in a Fat Neighborhood? 
"Good Morning America" ABC News 
Where you live may determine your child's weight, according to a series of new studies. GIS (geographic information systems) research still faces many challenges, wrote Janne Boone-Heinonen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Penny Gordon-Larsen of Oregon Health and Sciences University, but it still holds a lot of promise for driving policies geared toward preventing and reducing childhood obesity. Read more »

UNC Plays Major Role in New Water Partnership 
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill) 
As part of UNC’s new, two-year campus-wide focus on the theme of water, UNC’s Water Institute is taking the lead in co-founding the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private venture aiming at solving various water problems around the world. Environmental sciences and engineering professor Jamie Bartram says many different agencies are working together to address these problems. Read more »

Marine Scientists Urge Government to Reassess Oil Spill Response Following Deepwater Horizon Disaster  
The Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia) 
On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, a national panel of researchers… is urging the federal government to reassess how it would respond to similar oil spills that might occur in the future...The authors noted that the lack of a model for understanding deep-water spills may have hindered initial work on this disaster and obscured understanding of what actually happened in the key early days. “The problem here is that scientific assessment would be faster and more thorough if this were a familiar type of spill,” said the study’s lead author, Charles “Pete” Peterson, a professor at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, who has been deeply involved in the study of Exxon Valdez environmental effects for more than two decades. Read more »
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