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Conservation Groups Obtain Agreement Requiring Coal Ash Removal from Duke Energy’s Buck Plant

Yadkin Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, have reached a settlement with Duke Energy that requires the removal of all the coal ash from the unlined, leaking coal ash pits at Duke Energy’s Buck facility on the Yadkin River in Salisbury, North Carolina.  Under the settlement agreement, Duke Energy must remove all the coal ash and either recycle it into concrete or put it in a modern lined landfill away from the Yadkin River and separated from groundwater and drinking water sources.  Duke Energy plans to set up a concrete recycling facility at the Buck site much like the ones serving South Carolina utilities which entered into similar settlements with conservation groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center in 2012 and 2013.

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Bark House at Highland Craftsmen Brings First Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Platinum Product to Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™ Show Home

Poplar Shingles broaden Greenbuild conversation around biophilia, design intention and the future of home design

The Bark House at Highland Craftsmen is proud to be featured in the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™ at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 5-6, 2016. Among Highland Craftsmen’s products incorporated into the home is the Bark House poplar shingle, the first product to ever earn Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Platinum—the highest level awarded within the rigorous product standard.

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Spoonflower Design Challenge winner licensed for run of footwear

Inga Girvica, surface designer and winner of Spoonflower's Oceans Design Challenge with BucketFeet, will have her design printed on a limited edition run of shoes.On May 26, Inga Girvica was named the winner of Spoonflower's Design Challenge in collaboration with BucketFeet, a shoe company that manufactures limited edition footwear featuring designs by artists from around the world. BucketFeet will use Girvica's winning design, "Under the water," to help build a shoe collection raising awareness about the environmental impact of rising sea levels on ocean health. Girvica, known as Lavish_season on Spoonflower, also received $250 from BucketFeet and $150from Spoonflower, a licensing contract for the run of footwear, and a pair of shoes featuring her winning design.

The month-long Design Challenge invited participants to create a design specifically for BucketFeet in the visual theme of "Oceans." Girvica's aquatic design featuring sea urchins garnered the most votes from a pool of over 506 unique entries.

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Students Grow a Sustainable Future at Appalachian State University

 

The University of North Carolina (UNC) System includes 17 campuses that graduate more than 30,000 students from over 200 academic degree programs every year. The UNC System has adopted aggressive energy and carbon reduction goals and campuses have reduced their total energy use per square foot by 20 percent in just the last decade. The UNC System schools have several renewable energy sources including a 213 kW solar PV, 100 kW wind, and 1060 kW landfill gas as well as 9 solar thermal installations.  One school in particular, Appalachian State University (ASU), has taken great strides in their commitment to sustainability. ASU spends over $7 million on their annual energy use. As part of their effort to contain these costs, the school has adopted one of the most diverse energy portfolios in the state. ASU also works to empower their students with the knowledge and resources needed to make a difference in North Carolina’s sustainable future. Josh Brooks, a graduate student at ASU, says his education provides him the understanding of how he fits into North Carolina's energy future.

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Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves

Court Stops U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves
World’s population down to 29 known wild red wolves after USFWS ended protective efforts

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a preliminary injunction that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves. On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, the Animal Welfare Institute and the Red Wolf Coalition, the Southern Environmental Law Center argued in a court hearing on September 14 that a preliminary injunction was needed to stop the agency from harming these native wolves in the wild. Earlier that week, the agency announced its proposal to remove most members of the world’s only wild population of red wolves that roam a five county area in northeastern North Carolina and put them into captivity, abandoning all protective efforts except in one refuge where one pack lives and in a bombing range.

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Two North Carolina Companies Honored as EPA’s SmartWay Green Leaders in the Freight Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two North Carolina-based companies are among the 2016 winners of the SmartWay® Excellence Awards honoring logistic companies and shippers in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Lowe’s Companies Inc. in Wilkesboro, N.C., and Transportation Insight LLC in Hickory, N.C., were both recognizing as top-performing SmartWay shipper partners that demonstrate how businesses can mitigate their carbon footprints and contribute to cleaner, healthier air, while saving on fuel costs as they move goods across America.

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