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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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Cree Named Cleveland Browns Official Lighting Partner

Cree, Inc. has been named the exclusive Official Lighting Partner of the Cleveland Browns. Cree, Inc. has been named the exclusive Official Lighting Partner of the Cleveland Browns. Cree and the Browns have partnered to continue to deliver a better fan experience with recent lighting improvements made to the Cree branded gate at FirstEnergy Stadium. This season, fans will enjoy a better lighting experience with new Cree® LED lighting installed throughout the gate, as well as a new escalator wrap that gives fans bright ideas for saving with LED lighting while having fun on game-day.

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Norway divests roughly $350 million out of Duke Energy Stock

Early in September, Norway's sovereign wealth fund divested out of Duke Energy. In a divestment that was forewarned about but still a large hit to Duke Energy and its shareholders, the signal is clear. Energy companies who are not coming up to speed on clean energy are becoming a liability instead of a trusted solid stock as in generations past.

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