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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.


Sustainable Back to School Shopping

Back to school shopping can add up fast. And let’s be honest, you usually end up losing half of the materials you bought throughout the previous year, right? So why not take some pressure off your wallet and spend a day gathering those lost supplies and recycle the ones you’ve used! That box of pencils is lying around your house somewhere, and the supplies you already have are still in great shape. Here are some helpful hints for how to make your back to school shopping easier, less expensive, and green! Go through your desk drawers and collect all those pens, pencils, erasers, folders, notebooks, binders, etc. that are still in great shape. Mix and match and re-design to make …[ MORE ]

A Paperless Classroom…?

Never thought you would read those three words, did you? Growing up, all of us lugged around dozens of binders and notebooks filled with an immense amount of unnecessary papers. Every little thing was written down, from notes to tests to homework. Ever wonder what it would be like to enter a school and not see any paper? No textbooks. No written homework. It’s hard to imagine. One school in New York City found that during the school year it wasted an average of 28 pounds of paper for EVERY student, teacher and staff member. So how is it possible that a classroom can go from using 28 pounds in excess of paper a year to barely using any? Technology. …[ MORE ]

I’m For the Farm. Are You?

This year’s NC State University’s Earth Week featured “From Barn to Brick: Sustainable Food and Agriculture at NC State.” It focused on educating the campus and community about the importance of sustainable food. To kick off Earth Week, 100 helping hands from all over the community grabbed a shovel and got to work on the Agroecology Education Farm located off of Lake Wheeler Road. This event was co-hosted by the Education Farm and Campus Dining as the first step towards incorporating local and organic food throughout campus Dining Halls. NC State’s Sustainability Office is working hard to gain support For the Farm to further enhance this partnership between the Farm and Campus Dining. The more support this partnership gains, the …[ MORE ]

Inside the James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Have you ever had trouble finding a place to study, let alone sit in North Carolina State University’s D. H. Hill Library? Well, the brand new James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial campus doubles NC State’s study seating capacity and, the best part: it’s GREEN! It has been designed for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Environmental rating and is expected to be the fourth LEED-certified building on NC State’s campus! Before the opening of the Hunt Library, NC State could seat less than 5% of its students, but this building offers 1,700 new seats and almost 100 group study rooms! Providing technology-enabled furniture, high-definition video walls, a 3D computing and visualization space, and videoconferencing and telepresence …[ MORE ]

Green Gadgets = Green Technology

Every time you turn on the TV or browse the internet you see the release for the newest and latest cell phone or digital camera. (Seriously, how much slimmer can they really get now?). They cause you to cringe at your outdated 4.5 inch screen, making you a little cynical every time you see someone with the new shiny 4.6 inch screen. Which let’s admit, the additional .1 inch really is as magical as they say right? …Or at least that’s what we convince ourselves of. With technology constantly evolving and upgrading, who can keep up? Here are a few innovative new gadgets that not only look chic but also help you save money while keeping you energy efficient. One …[ MORE ]

NCGP January featured generator!

Brian Gastle is one of NC GreenPower’s solar PV generators, and one of only a handful in Jackson County on our program.  His system is a 5.4 kW array, and the solar panels put just under 8,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, green, renewable energy back on the grid for Haywood EMC. Gastle’s was the first grid-tied system connected to Western Carolina University Electric, which provides service to the area surrounding the university. He is a faculty member at the university and personally interested in being ecologically responsible for the environment, one of the reasons he installed his solar PV array. He is also committed to and in support of the university’s green initiatives. Gastle hopes that he will serve …[ MORE ]

Changing Lives, One Light at a Time

The children of Rizal, Philippines, gather around their solar lantern. Photo credit: One Million Lights website Did you know that over 1.6 billion people around the world depend on burning kerosene to light their homes at night? This is responsible for 1.5 million deaths from burns and respiratory illnesses each YEAR, 62% of which are children. If you know this, you are most likely not one of those 1.6 billion people. This highly toxic and flammable substance is the only source of lighting for many areas around the world, and a very expensive one at that, contributing to the extreme poverty that these areas are facing. Well, what if YOU could help offer an alternative to put an end to …[ MORE ]

Sustainable Holiday Take 2 – Winter Holidays

The holiday season never stops! Just as we finish the stress of planning and cooking a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, the festivities of the month of December sneak up on us. To ensure you have a sustainable winter holiday season, try to incorporate these tips into your planning and spending: Reuse: Save wrapping paper (especially foil backed and tissue) and ribbons – these items are not recyclable – to wrap future gifts. Use fronts of old cards to create postcards or gift tags. If you get a cut tree, be sure to recycle it Reuse the packing peanuts to mail your next package, or if you don’t want them laying around take them to your nearby UPS store! Keep burned out holiday lights …[ MORE ]

Peace, Love, & Beer!

Right in the heart of Kinston, North Carolina, Mother Earth was born. A lonely, worn-down brick building was given a second chance. Trent Mooring and Stephen Hill, brought together by their shared passion for home-grown vegetables and hand-crafted beer founded Mother Earth Brewing Co. in 2007. They envisioned a sustainable brewery, researched sustainable building materials and techniques, and Mother Earth was born the following year. Not only is the location and structure of the building recycled itself, but sustainable materials were used for building almost every additional detail. To start, this sustainable brewery contains a six-kilowatt solar array on the rooftop, right off the bat reducing their emissions. The building also contains blue-jean insulation, which is a 100% recyclable product and has …[ MORE ]

Sustainable Holiday Take 1 – Thanksgiving

It’s finally that time of year when the weather begins to get a little nippy and the leaves start to change colors, hinting that the holiday season is right around the corner. Here are a few friendly tips to make your Thanksgiving Day a green one: 1. Plan Accordingly:  According to the NY Times, it’s estimated that Americans throw away over 100 billion pounds of food, costing over $100 billion dollars a year. To avoid this, determine how many dinner guests you will be having and go from there. Cooking enough to feed an entire village may be a little extreme if you plan on only have a few friends and family members over. Why not lessen the burden and have a potluck? …[ MORE ]