As US withdraws from climate deal, Carolinas companies stick to their own plans

From the Charlotte Observer – June 1, 2017

As critics bemoaned President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, business experts say the move will have little practical effect on Carolinas businesses.

Power companies such as Duke Energy are already moving away from coal, the fuel whose carbon emissions are

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N.C. Energy Technology Center launches The 50 States of Grid Modernization

This new quarterly series will cover state regulatory and legislative discussions and actions on grid modernization, utility business model and rate reform, energy storage, microgrids, and demand response. The full version of the Q1 2017 report is available on the N.C. Energy Technology Center website or as a PDF download.

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology

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Continued growth for NC GreenTravel Program

The NC GreenTravel Initiative is North Carolina’s sustainable tourism recognition program that assists travel-oriented businesses by helping them to improve their brand by conserving natural resources, protecting the state’s environment and attracting more visitors to the state.

Several states have sustainable hospitality programs, but North Carolina’s program is the most extensive, helping a wider variety

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N.C. Department of Environmental Quality educating next generation to appreciate, protect environment

One of the most important jobs in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is educating the next generation to appreciate and protect the environment.

“And if you’re gonna educate children, you better bring your ‘A’ game,” says DEQ Secretary Michael Regan.

So for this year’s Read Across America celebration, staff with the Department of Environmental

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UNC Athletics Releases Sustainability Report

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire

University of North Carolina (UNC) Athletics released its sustainability report, highlighting environmental efforts throughout campus, including a university-wide 12 percent increase in collected recycling materials. North Carolina-based Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), makers of REPREVE®, teamed up with Carolina in 2014 to raise awareness among students, faculty, fans and

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EPA Settles with Duke Energy in North Carolina

EPA Press Release – September 10, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation (Duke) to resolve Clean Air Act violations at five coal-fired power plants across North Carolina. The settlement resolves long-standing claims that Duke violated the federal Clean Air

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EPA Awards $400K to University of North Carolina Wilmington

On August 8th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced almost $4 million in funding to six universities to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals, leading to better chemical risk assessments and decisions for protecting the environment. Among those, the University of North Carolina Wilmington was selected to receive $399,884 for research to develop

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North Carolina Becoming a National Leader

North Carolina is fast becoming a national leader in the clean tech industry – creating new jobs, producing innovative new technology and engaging some unlikely new partners.

A recent report by Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national environmental policy group, notes that in the third quarter of 2014, North Carolina ranked fifth in the nation for new

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Integrating Green Wastes into your Lean System Webinar Available

On Novemebr 18, 2014, the North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) presented its “Integrating Green Wastes into your Lean System” webinar. This webinar provides insight into how lean and environmental performance systems can be leveraged to achieve enhanced continuous improvement and waste reduction.

Both Leggett & Platt and Daimler Trucks North America have participated in

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North Carolina Ranked 7th for LEED

North Carolina has been recognized as one of the foremost states in the ongoing movement toward more sustainable building design.

The United States Green Building Council placed North Carolina seventh on its ranking of the Top 10 States for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. North Carolina certified 133 building projects representing 17,183,099 square feet

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