Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carolina in the News

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

Clean Water Act at 40: Rivers No Longer Burn but Climate Threats and Runoff Now Rush In
Scientific American 
When the Clean Water Act was passed, the primary concerns were 'point sources' of pollution: sewage plants and other easily recognizable sources, such as industrial facilities. Now, the main concern is runoff water that drains from urban and agricultural sources. One way of attempting to deal with such pollution is to pipe storm water farther out to sea before discharging it. But when the resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, tried just that early this century, there was essentially no improvement in beach conditions, said Marc Verhougstraete, a postdoctoral fellow and water-quality expert at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Read more »

Chamber Looks to Help Businesses Go “Green” (Blog)
The Star News (Wilmington) 
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce rolled out a program Wednesday to help the area’s small and medium-sized businesses get involved in sustainability and achieve certification of their efforts. The program began in 2004 as a partnership of Duke University, the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and the Raleigh and Durham Chambers of Commerce. The program now works with 400 businesses in 18 states. 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