The Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University is seeking a Director. Read more »
Friday, April 27, 2012
Moving out? Support local non-profits with your discards. Items deposited in residence hall donation stations will be used by TROSA in its substance abuse recovery programs. Sell your books to Student Stores for cash so that others can reuse them. Old or broken electronics and batteries will be recycled by American Greenz. Check out the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling’s “zero-waste” move-out guide. Off-campus students can drop off many of these items and more at the Orange County Solid Waste Recycling Center on Eubanks Road.
“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition" recognizes Carolina as a national leader in campus sustainability. This free downloadable guide, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), highlights colleges that scored at least 83 on its 99 point scale. Carolina’s Green Rating of 95 recognizes investments in high performance infrastructure, moving towards climate neutrality, and engaging students in green initiatives. Sixteen schools made the Green Rating Honor Roll by attaining perfect scores.
Erin Hiatt, co-chair of the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC), Receives 2012 Edward Kidder Graham Award
The Edward Kidder Graham Award honors a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution to the University as a member of an officially recognized student organization. During Erin’s tenure as co-chair of RESPC, the committee researched and approved approximately $500,000 of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Erin was closely involved in every project and decision while effectively delegating work to her peers, supervising their progress, and interacting with university project managers.
Cindy Pollock Shea, Director of UNC’s Sustainability Office, and Leith Sharp, founding director of Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative, co-authored a chapter on Institutionalizing Sustainability: Achieving Transformations from the Inside, in “The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education.” The comprehensive book, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, features leading voices in campus sustainability. Chancellors, provosts, CFOs, and governing boards are the intended audience. Read more »
The US EPA awarded 15 student teams with People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Phase grants. The Gillings School of Global Public Health student team received an honorable mention for developing a point-of-use disinfectant for drinking water that is cheap, non-toxic, and effective in reducing waterborne illness in developing nations. Regional grant recipients include:
• Appalachian State University, NC, for developing an artificial wetland to recycle grey water
• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL, for designing a portable solar-powered water purification system
• Vanderbilt University, TN, for developing a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for rare mined metals and is capable of producing electricity.
Learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm and food scene from 1-5pm this Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. Load up a car with friends and family and visit your favorite sustainable farms. Don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can take home some of the farm fresh products for sale! Read more »
In another sign of the rise of the electric car, Orange County has installed two electric vehicle charging stations at the Orange County Skills Development Center on Franklin Street. Located next to the Chapel Hill Visitor’s Bureau, the stations were funded through the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative, led by the Triangle J Council of Governments. The stations were funded by the US Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America seek marine science students for their 2012-2013 scholarship program. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is June 22, 2012. Read more »
The Whole Foods Silverdocs Grant is accepting applications from filmmakers working on green-themed documentary feature films. Grant winners will receive $25K each. The submission deadline is May 4, 2012. Read more »
The University of Illinois at Chicago invites students to apply to an interdisciplinary workshop on sustainability and energy from August 9-17, 2012. The application deadline is June 1. Read more »
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 »
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.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Carolina announces “Water in Our World,” a two-year campus-wide academic theme that will make waves by encouraging new thinking and research in water-related issues, such as access to clean potable water on a global scale. Chancellor Thorp marked the occasion, “The water theme is a perfect springboard for engaging and inspiring the campus to do even more to meet the challenge of sustainability. It’s a great opportunity to show how Carolina fosters scholarship that helps improve people’s lives.” The water theme aims to energize and guide activities across diverse schools and programs through interdisciplinary collaboration. Read more »
Celebrate Earth Day with more than a week of activities! Earth “Week” events kick off Thursday, April 12, with the Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and continue through to the Campus Earth Day celebration, Friday, April 20. Activities include the NC Science Expo, Earth Action Day, movie screenings, lectures, a farmers’ market, green themed meals (both a lunch and a dinner), and multiple exhibits on the quad. Check out the full list of activities now to start planning! Read more »
BJ Tipton, Solid Waste Program Manager of the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR), received the “Recycler of the Year” Award at the Carolina Recycling Association annual conference. The award honors an individual who has made contributions to the advancement of solid waste reduction. During her tenure at Carolina, BJ started the food waste recovery and athletics recycling programs and expanded the indoor recycling and construction and demolition programs.
Carolina’s 2011 Student Move-In Team was also recognized with the “Spotlight” Award. By starting early and working long hours, the dedicated Move-In Team recycled mountains of cardboard and other discards, including 450 pounds of shrinkwrap. Team members include representatives from Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, Building Services, Housekeeping, Materials and Logistics, Business Operations, Grounds, HVAC, General Storeroom, Life Safety, and Environment, Health, and Safety. Congratulations to BJ and the Move-In Team!
Three April events planned by the North Carolina Botanical Garden celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson’s classic and revolutionary exposé of toxic chemical use in the US. Events include a book discussion led by garden director Peter White, a morning Bird Walk led by Cynthia Fox of the Wild Bird Center, and a lecture by Priscilla Coit Murphy on the events leading up to and following the book’s publication. Advance registration is necessary for all events. Read more »
In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations’ spending on campaign advertisements cannot be limited because it is a First Amendment free speech right. The Student Environmental Action Coalition, 350.org, and the UNC Scholars Program will host an event Monday, April 9, at 7:00 PM in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium to address the effects of Citizens United on environmental policy. Gene Nichol, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, and Pete MacDowell, Program Director of NC WARN, will speak at the event and discussion will follow. Read more »
Dr. John Bruno of the UNC Biology Department recently collaborated with scientists at Conservation International and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a study about the relationship between global climate change and coral reefs. The study suggests that coral reefs will be strongly impacted by global warming. Read more »
The University’s 2011 transportation report to the Town of Chapel Hill outlines trends and traffic mitigation measures on main campus and in adjacent neighborhoods.
According to a draft report issued by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can be done safely in North Carolina as long as the right protections are in place prior to the issuance of any permits. The report also notes the need for more information on groundwater resources where drilling may occur before making final decisions on environmental standards. Read more »
Relax on the shores or row your stress away at University Lake and Cane Creek Reservoir, now open for boating, fishing, picnicing, and sunbathing. The waters are stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish, and canoes and fishing boats are available to rent. Read more »
The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market has reopened for the season and features seasonal produce as well as meats, eggs, cheeses, desserts and more.. Market hours are Saturday from 8am–12pm and Tuesday from 3-6pm in the parking lot of University Mall. The market will celebrate Earth Day on April 21st with an Earth Day Plant Sale, featuring cut flowers, starter plants, and saplings. Read more »
The recently formed Western Climate Initiative (WCI), designed to implement a cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions among independent jurisdictions, has hired its first executive director. Anita Burke will lead the initiative of seven western states and four Canadian provinces. Each WCI partner jurisdiction will have an emission allowance budget consistent with its emissions goal for 2020. Three year compliance periods, consistent reporting methodologies, and a new auction system will help achieve the regional goal of 15% emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2020. California, British Columbia, and Quebec are the first jurisdictions to appoint members to the WCI board. Read more »
The annual North Carolina Sustainable Energy Conference will take place in Raleigh on April 19 and 20 at the McKimmon Center at NC State University. Speakers and panelists will address a variety of key energy issues, including financing, deploying renewable energy systems, and drilling for natural gas. Read more »
Get inspired and educated as renowned leaders in sustainable living share the best ideas and opportunities to create a clean, green, and serene world. The Spring of Sustainability is a free series of online webinars produced by the Shift Network and the Sustainable World Coalition. Read more »
Check out the recent media mentions of sustainability-related programs, practices, and people at UNC:
Those Stinky Veggies are Good for You
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
In the category of "food as medicine," some of the most potent disease fighters around are also the strongest-flavored and stinkiest. Among the most elite of the good-for-you crop are brassica or cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. 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. Read more »
Voices for Civil Rights
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
In the third installment of our series Voices for Civil Rights, hosted by Eric Hodge, Seth Kotch shares excerpts of two oral histories conducted by the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Freeman Hrabowski describes a clash with his parents over joining the Civil Rights movement in Alabama, when he was just twelve years old. And Moses Newson recounts a trip with a group of freedom riders, when their bus was firebombed by an angry mob. Read more »
Documenting the Women's Movement in the South
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
Contraception, access to health care and representation in Congress are issues that motivated feminist activists in the early 1960s and, if Rush Limbaugh's recent time in the headlines is any indication, those issues persist. Women have been effecting social and political change across the South for more than a century, but, if you read the history of the women's movement in America, you'd think all of the action happened in the Northeast. Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of guests to consider what we should know about the women's movement in the South, and to discuss what current activists can learn from the historical record. Those joining him include Rachel Seidman, Associate Director of the Southern Oral History Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Joey Fink, a PhD student in history at UNC-Chapel Hill; and Laura Clark Brown, a senior librarian at the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. Read more »
Supremely Indifferent to Historic Injustice
Editorial by Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at UNC's Law School and director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
I've spent much time of late in Eastern North Carolina - where the linkage between history, poverty and race astounds. In much of the region, over half of all black, Hispanic and Native American children live in poverty; numbers so vast, so humiliating, they're hard to admit to ourselves. 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/.
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