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Red Moon Marketing Launches Sustainability Program in Wilmington, NC

Red Moon Marketing and Coca-Cola Kick Off Coca-Cola Recycle & Win in Wilmington, NC Red Moon Marketing continues its leadership in sustainability marketing with the launch of the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win Program in Wilmington, NC.  

Initially designed and developed by Red Moon in 2009, Coca-Cola Recycle & Win is a unique public private partnership designed to increase local recycling rates.  With the successful Wilmington launch, Red Moon Marketing has implemented the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win initiative in more than 20 cities across the southeast and as far north as Chicago.  

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D-Blaze® Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) Earns GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Fire Retardant Wood Treatment is First of its Kind to Earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Viance LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced wood treatment technologies, has announced that D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) is the first pressure-impregnated FRTW to earn the GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

“With the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, architects and specifiers can be confident in recommending D-Blaze framing lumber and plywood for projects like schools and hospitals,” said Bill Fields, President of Viance. “In addition to its effectiveness in controlling the spread of flames and smoke development caused by fire, D-Blaze now qualifies for The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.”

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Isolated coral reefs far from human activity are not healthier

New UNC-Chapel Hill research shows that coral reef decline illustrates the far reach of climate change — and that local solutions alone cannot restore coral populations

For the world’s coral reefs, the picture keeps getting gloomier. Although it’s widely assumed that both local and global factors are contributing to their decline, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that isolated reefs far from human activities are in fact not healthier than those in more densely populated areas.

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Local Groups Move 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 filed a request for a hearing with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management as the required first step in challenging the state 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.  The request was filed Friday, July 8.

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Backroom Dealing Taints Yet Another Duke Energy Case

NC regulators endorse $6 billion Duke-PNG merger prior to hearing while telling other parties’ witnesses “don’t bother”

For at least the fifth straight time in a major Duke Energy case, state regulators have undermined any semblance of fair process – this time by cutting a backroom deal with the utility in a $6 billion merger with Piedmont Natural Gas even before receiving input from either the public or formal parties to the case.  The NC Utilities Commission took the extra step this time of granting Duke’s request to disallow testimonies by two natural gas experts fielded by NC WARN and allies.

Once again, the regulators (the commission and its so-called Public Staff) have turned a complex, multi-billion dollar case into a rubber-stamp proceeding where Duke Energy avoids scrutiny as it plows forward with a major expansion of high-risk, climate-busting fracked gas.

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