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City living has a bright future – here’s why

There was a time when suburban life was the aspiration, white-picket fence, mortgage - the works. Fast forward to today and this vision has shifted. Now, more people rent and live in cities than not. According to the United Nations, in 2014, there were 28 mega-cities worldwide (with 10 million inhabitants or more), and by 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities or more. In particular, younger, tech-savvy generations are gravitating to metropolitan areas in search of a new quality of life. Today’s young people are less interested in owning a car, and more interested in having alternative modes of transportation (light rail systems, bike paths, etc.). More importantly – this population demands progressive environments centered on wellbeing and innovation. As digital natives flock to metropolises across the country, using more power from already stressed out grids, how can city leaders cope with growing demands and shrinking capacity and budgets, all while delivering on experiences these urbanites seek?

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Hugo Hodge Named Tantalus’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, Caribbean Basin

Utility industry veteran to lead Tantalus’ continued strategic international expansion

Tantalus Systems announced that its Board of Directors has approved the addition of Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. to the company’s senior leadership team as the company’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Caribbean Basin. Mr. Hodge is an accomplished utility veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in power distribution, engineering and utility marketing leadership roles. He most recently served as Executive Director and CEO of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority.

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Local Groups File Challenge to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed its challenge in the state Office of Administrative Hearings to North Carolina’s permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, N.C., oceanfront to allow for building 21 houses. 

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Clean Energy Leaders to Unite on Clean Energy Vision 2030 at NCSEA’s 8th Annual Making Energy Work Conference

North Carolina’s changing energy landscape takes center stage at annual gathering that brings together state, national energy stakeholders in collaborative dialogue to champion a vision for North Carolina’s energy future

 

The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to shaping the state’s clean and efficient energy future, will host its 8th annual Making Energy Work (MEW) conference at the Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, N.C. on October 3-4, 2016. Nearly 500 state, regional, and national clean energy providers, advocates, and decision-makers will gather to explore North Carolina’s opportunity in the global energy economy and how we can achieve it together.

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College Graduates Likely to Trash More Than 2 Billion Plastic Bottles Over the Next Decade

Students aren't the only ones graduating this May!

Textile Company Aims to Decrease Number by Bringing Recycling Story to Life

Over the next 10 years, college graduates from the class of 2016 are estimated to use more than 3 billion plastic bottles, and with the U.S. recycling rate at only 31 percent, more than 2 billion of those plastic bottles will likely end up in landfills where they may never biodegrade. That's why a textile manufacturer, Unifi, Inc., is educating college students, along with the general public, about the importance of recycling and buying products that are made with recycled materials. The Company transforms recycled plastic bottles into fiber called REPREVE®, and works with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to turn it into fabric for graduation gowns worn by more than 400,000 graduates in schools across the country. Among those using REPREVE-based gowns are Brown University, Michigan State, University of Alabama and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as more than 1,250 other schools.

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