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ncgpHeadquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC GreenPower is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of the environment in North Carolina through a statewide program that connects consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers.


NC GreenPower Tests New Focus on Solar for Schools & Community

(Blog reposted from original story by NC Sustainability Connection) NC GreenPower has announced two new pilot projects that signal a shift in the organization’s focus. After more than a decade of helping to boost the state’s voluntary renewable energy portfolio through production-based incentives, the group is transitioning its direction toward school solar installations and other community impact projects more likely to galvanize contributor support. A Changing Landscape for Renewable Energy Launched in 2003, NC GreenPower is a Raleigh-based non-profit that has supported nearly 1,000 projects across the state, with emphasis on residential solar PV. The first initiative of its kind in the nation, the program pools support from donors who contribute in $4 increments through their utility bill. Only 25 percent of this donation …[ MORE ]

5 Tips for a Greener Valentine’s Day – Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day. It’s the time of year when roses are received from a secret admirer, gifts are exchanged between friends and couples in love enjoy romantic candle-lit dinners. On the other hand, plenty of couples ignore the over-commercialized holiday and do nothing… Or feel forced to do something.   theOatmeal.com Whatever your opinion of the holiday is, please love the earth and have an eco-friendly celebration! We’ve pulled together 5 tips for you: 1. Look for recycled paper Valentine’s Day cards or create a handmade one. Around a billion Valentines are sent each year globally, making the day the 2nd largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. NOT including cards exchanged in classrooms between children, 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are …[ MORE ]

Eco New Year’s Resolution

We at NC GreenPower hope you had wonderful holidays! Now that we have welcomed the New Year, it’s time to reflect on some ways you can make small changes to live more environmentally friendly. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for New Year’s Resolutions you can make that will help you live a greener life. A lot of the time, small behavioral changes make a big difference!   1) Pledge to never buy bottled water again! Ok, you can in a pinch, but make a real effort to remember to bring your own bottle. This will not only be good for the environment, it will help your wallet, too. Watch this video from the Story of Stuff to learn more. 2) …[ MORE ]

9 Tips for End-of-Year Giving

Thanks to the good folks at KFOR channel 4 in Oklahoma City for putting this story together! OKLAHOMA CITY – It is the season of giving and many are volunteering their time, goods or money to charities. In fact, this time of year is when many non-profits receive a bulk of their donations. This is also a great time for taxpayers to get a tax break for making those contributions to charitable organizations.  The OSCPA recommends following the following tips for donating. The Oklahoma Society of Professional Certified Accountants, OSCPA, recommends these tips. Do your research first.  Only donations that are made to qualified charitable organizations are tax-deductible. If you aren’t sure whether an organization is qualified, ask to see …[ MORE ]

Holiday Top 10 Ideas!

It’s not too late for some holiday tips!! Here are 10 ideas to keep sustainability on track:   Holiday tip #1: Act like a boy scout & be prepared. Make lists. Try to do all of your shopping in one trip.  Save on gas & stress! Holiday tip #2: Knows store return policies and get gift receipts so they can be returned or exchanged if needed. Holiday tip #3: Look for gifts that are not over-packaged, labeled energy efficient, made with recycled materials, or recyclable. Image courtesy of Terraskin  Holiday tip #4: Think durability and length of warranties!  How long will the item last? Will it just end up in a landfill? Holiday tip #5: Give a gift of time: Take someone …[ MORE ]

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Part 2

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season Part 2 The Holidays are a time for gift giving, sharing meals with friends and family, and decorating your home in merry holiday splendor. While all of these activates are fun and good for the soul, sometimes this increased consumerism isn’t so good for the environment – according to the EPA the amount of household garbage from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day can increase by 25%, or 5 million tons! NC GreenPower has some suggestions below for ways to decrease your holiday environmental impact while still spreading holiday cheer. Reduce waste Food waste reduction is one goal that is relatively easy to accomplish; simple behavioral changes like composting, always using reusable plates, silverware, napkins, etc. …[ MORE ]

Let’s stay sustainable this holiday season!

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday:  Take 1 – After Thanksgiving We’ve shared our green ideas for Halloween, and Thanksgiving is just a faint memory… It’s finally that time of year when the weather begins to get a little nippy and the leaves are falling, hinting that winter is right around the corner. Here are a few friendly tips to make your December a green one:   1. Plan Ahead:  Feeding America estimates that we throw away over 70 billion pounds of food each year, costing over $100 billion dollars. To help lower this, plan ahead when shopping for your family or for a crowd. Cooking enough to feed an entire village may be a little extreme if you plan on only have a few friends …[ MORE ]

A Green Halloween

As Halloween quickly approaches, we thought it might be nice to share some tips about how to have an eco-friendly Halloween. The blog Green Halloween is the perfect resource, dedicated to all things spooky and environmentally-conscious.   Although they are retiring this year, a browse through their archives shows tips for everything from Halloween-themed snacks and meals, to last minute crafts, to resources for lead-free face paint. We encourage you to take a peek and get inspired for a fun, safe, and green Halloween!                                                                  

Green up your workout!

You recycle, use your canvas tote bag when you grocery shop and even plant vegetables and herbs in your backyard – but have you ever thought about greening up your workout gear? Whether you enjoy taking a brisk jog, relaxing with yoga or lifting weights, they all need workout clothes that are performance oriented and comfortable. Thanks to ecofriendly and forward thinking companies, we can now apply green philosophy to our workout gear: Shoes. Starting at the bottom, shoes serve the most important role our workout. Vibrams FiveFingers shoes are “as close to barefoot while wearing a shoe” you’ll get, with some lines even created from at least 50% of recycled scrap metal. Brooks Green Silence running shoe is as …[ MORE ]

Ecotourism in North Carolina

As summer approaches and the sun warms us up, people will start planning their summer vacations. Tourism can have a big impact on a region not only financially, but also environmentally, so it is important to be mindful when planning your next vacation. Ecotourism within our state is booming and there are all sorts of options of ways to relax, learn, explore, and have fun, while stimulating the local economy and minimizing negative environmental impacts. The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” The principles of ecotourism are: ·         Minimize impact ·         Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect ·         Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts ·         Provide direct …[ MORE ]