Chapel Hill is Cool!

January 15, 2009

The list of Cool Cities in North Carolina is growing! In 2008, North Carolina had 47 cities including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham and Raleigh taking part in the initiative. These cities’ mayors have signed the Climate Protection Agreement pledging to reduce their city’s green house gas emissions 7% by 2012…

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Top 10…

January 14, 2009

Courtesy of the Town of Chapel Hill’s Office of Sustainability: Top 10 Ways Chapel Hill Is Working Toward Climate Protection 1. Carbon Reduction The Town of Chapel Hill became the first U.S. municipality to commit to a 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 through the Community Carbon…

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Spring is here!

January 12, 2009

Welcome back, Tar Heels! The start of a new semester is always a little chaotic, so here are a few quick bites to enjoy: Want to help the search for better solar cell materials? Harvard’s Clean Energy project will put your idle computer to work helping to process data on…

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Winter break!!

December 13, 2008

The semester is officially over!! With exams finished and Fall Commencement tomorrow, this blog will be joining the students for a winter holiday until the spring semester begins on January 9, 2009. In the meantime, I recommend getting your “green” news and entertainment from some of the following sites: Grist…

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Do you reuse your reusable bags?

December 12, 2008

I’m going to start this post by just assuming that you own one or more reusable shopping bags. If you do not have one yet, you can pick one up at the Rams Head Market on campus for just $1.50. Each year the US needlessly wastes 14 million trees and…

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Climate Neutrality & Carbon Offsets

December 11, 2008

Nearly 600 colleges and universities have committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050 via the ACUPCC. In the long term, that requires making significant changes to the way that campuses are built, operated, and maintained. In the short term, however, a number of schools are looking towards carbon offsets as…

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Make Me Sustainable!

November 11, 2008

From our friends in the Institute for the Environment: “You care about global warming and want to do something about it, even if you don’t drive a hybrid or are more likely to order in a pizza than roast a tofu turkey. No matter where you are on the path…

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Sustainable Food Week is NOW!

November 10, 2008

You like eating? Me, too! If you understand the tremendous impact our dietary choices can have on the environment AND economy, then this is your week to get involved! Monday – Thursday this week, a range of student organizations will be hosting a number of food-centric activities. A farmers market,…

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Construction contributing to sustainability

November 6, 2008

Curious what is going on with all the construction by the Bell Tower? And how all that construction will contribute to sustainability at UNC? The short answer is that in addition to a 710-car parking deck, a 25,000-ton chilled water plant, and a new Genome Science Laboratory Building, the Bell…

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Where does NC’s energy come from?

November 5, 2008

With all the talk of America’s energy future in the recent election, it is important for us all to understand our state’s current energy situation. Did you know: North Carolina’s electricity consumption is among the highest in the Nation. North Carolina is one of the top nuclear power producers in…

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