Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Carolina in the News

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

Will College Students Really Step Up in U.S. Microfinance?
The Huffington Post
I admit it, I was doubtful at first — college students providing quality training and financing services to under-served small businesses surrounding their campus communities? Groups led by students from Yale, Rutgers, Brown and UNC-Chapel Hill were quickly learning the ropes, and providing some innovative services and financial products. Read more »

Watching Our Wasteline: Get Ready for Spring Cleaning
The Chapel Hill Herald
Amy Preble of the UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling reports a successful end-of-year student move out. Carolina partnered with Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), based in Durham, to recover the housewares, furniture, clothing, carpeting, and other usable discards from students moving out of dormitories and other on-campus facilities like the graduate student housing at Odom Village. Read more »

Second Phase of Carolina North Ductbank Project Begins
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Construction began June 5 on the second phase of the utility ductbank that will eventually provide service to the complex of UNC-Chapel Hill buildings along Airport Drive. Over the next six months, Carolina Conduit Systems construction crews will install the ductbank in the cleared corridor on UNC's Carolina North property. Read more »

UNC Professor Gets Grants to Study Poverty Relief Policies
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC-Chapel Hill public policy professor Ashu Handa has won two research grants, each worth $634,000 over two years, to evaluate social cash transfer programs in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The grants were awarded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, an organization devoted to improving lives in low- and middle-income countries through better policies, programs, and projects based on results from impact studies. Read more »

Improved but Not Always Safe: Despite Global Efforts, More Than 1 Billion People Likely at Risk for Lack of Clean Water
Scientific American
The United Nations recently reached an important goal to provide improved drinking water to two billion more people by 2015 than had access to it in 1990. However, a group of researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that significantly more work is required to provide safe water access to those in need. Read more »

Thanks to UNC News Services for finding these great stories AND compiling the summaries! You can find more UNC media coverage and stories online at http://uncnews.unc.edu.