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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North Carolina Zoo Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The North Carolina Zoo has been named to a short list of major state tourist attractions recognized for outstanding environmental stewardship by the N.C. GreenTravel.

Launched in 2012, the N.C. GreenTravel is a program of the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina

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Recycling as Economic Development in North Carolina

Recycling Works‘ Spring 2013 issue is packed with examples of the impact recycling has on economic development in North Carolina. Articles in this issue include:

RBAC Awards Recycling Business Grants Expected to Create 240-plus jobs in North Carolina BlackGold Biofuels Expands to Charlotte Ply-Gem Creates Jobs in Columbus County Triangle Partnership to Salvage C&D Waste

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Conservationists blast pollution reform bill; Say it would allow more tainted groundwater

ASHEVILLE — Legislation that conservation groups are calling a “Frankenbill,” which passed the N.C. Senate and is now moving through the House, contains sweeping revisions to environmental protection regulations.

The Regulatory Reform Act, introduced by Sens. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, and Andrew Brock, R-Davie, and sponsored by Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, seeks to

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State advocate: Approve Duke Energy solar project

The state’s utility customer advocate is recommending that state regulators approve Duke Energy Renewables’ proposed 7.5-megawatt expansion of its White Post Solar project in Bath.

The existing project, built last year, has 12.5 megawatts of solar capacity. The expansion was the first solar project in the state to go to an evidentiary hearing before the

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NC Biotech Center awards $2.5M in 1Q grants, loans

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded more than $2.5 million in loans and grants to life science companies, startups and others during the first quarter. The Biotechnology Center, which has the mission of supporting biotechnology research, business, education and policy, has been providing grants and loans to entities in the state since 1984.

Among the

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Dining award rooted in sustainability

Clark and Fountain dining halls, for the fourth consecutive year, have served award-winning food. The city presented the 2013 City of Raleigh Environmental Award to University Dining at N.C. State early April.

According to Joanna Minett, public communication specialist for University Dining, the award is meant to honor those who have “demonstrated a commitment to

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North Carolina

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or DENR, has initiated its first Mercury Products Recycling Grant program to assist local governments in creating or expanding mercury recycling programs for fluorescent lights, thermostats and other mercury-containing products.

In recent years, millions of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have replaced incandescent bulbs in households

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NC State releases Annual Sustainability Report

NC State University’s Annual Sustainability Report is now available. In this report, you will find a dramatic overall increase in sustainability on campus.

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EPA Awards More Than $5.3 Million for Research Fellowships

ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 127 students pursuing degrees in environmental studies throughout the United States. Twelve of the fellowship recipients attend one of eight universities and colleges in the Southeast. Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Alabama, University

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