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Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Respond to Duke Energy Cooling Pond Dam Breach of Quaker Neck Lake

Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper are responding to and documenting the breach of a 1.2-billion-gallon cooling pond dam at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee plant. The breach occurred just minutes after Duke Energy issued a statement claiming that the “Ash basin and cooling pond dams across the state continue to operate safely; in fact, we’ve been pleased with their good performance during the historic flooding Hurricane Matthew brought to eastern North Carolina.”


NC WARN Sues State of North Carolina and Regulators for Blocking Court Access in Long-running Climate Fight

Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic attorneys challenge constitutionality of two laws – from 2015 and 1965 – in a case that could derail Duke Energy plans to build $30 billion in fracked-gas power plants and pipelines

In a case that goes to the heart of Duke Energy’s corporate business plan, climate protection nonprofit NC WARN today filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina and its utility regulators over two state laws passed 50 years apart.  The group, represented by attorneys for the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, say a 2015 law passed specifically to allow Duke Energy to shortcut the approval process for a large, fracked-gas power plant in Asheville violates both the state and federal constitutions.


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.


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.


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.


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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