Monday, June 17, 2013

Carolina in the News

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

Breathing easier: how Houston is working to clean up its air  
National Public Radio
The Houston area produces about a quarter of the nation's gasoline, and about a third of the plastics that are in our cars, cupboards and just about everywhere else. So it is no surprise that this heavily industrial area has a problem with air pollution. But in the past decade, Houston's air has improved dramatically. Harvey Jeffries, Professor Emeritus with the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, explains that Houston air pollution regulators were going all-in against one of the pollutants that create smog, while downplaying the role of other emissions from the petrochemical plants. …Beginning in 2005, when new standards went into effect, peak ozone concentrations started dropping sharply. And in 2009, Houston — for the first time in 35 years — met the federal air quality smog standard, Jeffries says. Read more »

1789 incubator fosters young entrepreneurs
WCHL-FM (Chapel Hill)
1789 is the newest business incubator to open in Chapel Hill. It’s geared towards Carolina students and recent graduates, with the goal of supporting the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Following in the footsteps of Launch Chapel Hill, 1789 aims to develop young entrepreneurs and assist them in the early stages of their business ventures. 1789 currently hosts 15 start-ups. Successful entrepreneurs may then proceed to Launch, which nurtures more advanced businesses ready to seek funding. Read more »

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