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Solar+ School Spotlight: Carolina International School

SCHOOL FACTS: County: Cabarrus Type of school: Charter School Mission: “The world is our family” Grade levels: K-12 School Profile: Suburban Number of students: 910 Featured School Carolina International School (CIS) is a suburban charter school in Carbarrus County, North Carolina. Their mission “The world is our family” emphasizes the dual focus on international and environmental education. With more than 900 students and 82 acres of property, CIS is excited about the opportunity to integrate the solar array into their curriculum. The NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools program provides grants for 5-kilowatt solar educational projects at schools, complete with a weather station, real-time monitoring, energy curricula and training for teachers. Any K-12 school in North Carolina may apply, and NC GreenPower …[ MORE ]

Posted in Solar, Solar Schools, Sustainability on January 14, 2022

A Sustainable Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! No matter where, when, or how you’re celebrating, you are most likely busy buying gifts, decorating, preparing for guests and so much more. With all there is to do, it can be challenging to remember sustainable practices. With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips that can help you make this holiday season eco-friendly, without adding anything else to your agenda! Decorations Holiday decorations are one of the best parts of the most wonderful time of the year. As you string lights and hang stockings, keep in mind that there are many ways simple steps you can take to decorate responsibly. Lighting up your tree? Go LED! Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs consume …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 10, 2021

Shop Green this Holiday Season

Buying gifts during the holidays can be a hassle, and with the added stress of supply and demand issues, this year will be no exception. Back in October, experts predicted that this season might be the toughest yet. Don’t worry if you haven’t already wrapped your gifts or even put your list together, there are still many ways to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping in mind your efforts to shop green. You might be asking: how did we get here in the first place? Long story short, it’s a combination of factors, from the worker shortage to transportation delays and an influx in global waste products – think disposable masks, increased online shopping packaging and an …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability, Uncategorized Tagged , , on November 10, 2021

October is National Energy Awareness Month

While October is widely known for Halloween festivities and fall fun, it’s also recognized as National Energy Awareness Month! This annual celebration shines a light on the importance of energy efficiency and conservation. While it may seem a bit intimidating at first, there are many practical steps we can all take to become more aware of the energy we use and learn how to make the most of it.  One of the first steps you can take towards efficiency is to keep track of your energy usage at home. This will help you create a baseline and set goals. There are a few options available, from smart meters to smart plugs. You can read more about them online to help find the best fit for you.  Before …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment Tagged , on October 19, 2021

“Envisioning” a Sustainable Future

About the Author: Larry Alewine, P.E., ENV SPProject Manager/Engineer at Stantec I am a licensed Civil Engineer (and huge sustainability nerd) and have been working out of the Raleigh area on municipal water and sewer projects since 2017. When I’m not working, I love walking/hiking the local greenways and regional trails with my girlfriend and cooking elaborate meals that may or may not turn out correctly! How Envision Promotes a Cleaner Environment Envision has 64 indicators of sustainability and resilience, known as “credits,” that are organized around five categories: Quality of Life, Resource Allocation, Natural World, Climate and Resilience, and Leadership. Envision helps planners and engineers optimize projects by assessing the life-cycle costs and benefits of the civil infrastructure (such …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, Sustainability, Uncategorized Tagged , on October 8, 2021

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week is just around the corner! This annual celebration, September 25 – October 3, 2021, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), which promotes a cleaner, greener environment. There are many ways to participate in the fun, and we hope you’ll join us! Introduction to Electric Vehicles New to world of EVs? No worries! Check out this video produced by our friends at Plug-in NC. It covers the basics of EVs, providing an overview of charging stations, environmental benefits and more. One way to spread awareness this month is to simply share the video with your friends and family. National Drive Electric Week There are many ways to celebrate National Drive …[ MORE ]

Posted in Electric Transportation, Volunteer on September 13, 2021

A Sustainable School Year

It’s about that time again for students to start heading back to the classroom. Whether you’re a parent, teacher or student, there are many ways for you to make this school year the most sustainable one yet. We hope you’ll consider incorporating a few of these ideas throughout the upcoming year: School Supplies It’s easy to get carried away with back-to-school shopping, but there are many ways to enjoy the fun while still caring for our environment. Before making a trip to the store, look at what you might be able to reuse from last year. This could include backpacks, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and more. When you do decide to buy, try buying in bulk. This will help you …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, Sustainability on August 24, 2021

Go Green this July 4th

July 4th festivities are about to begin, which means it’s time for friends, fireworks and fun. This Independence Day, add a little bit of green to your red, white, and blue celebrations! Here are some tips to make your weekend eco-friendly: Say No to Disposables Disposable items often make for an “easy” clean-up but are not easy on the environment. Ditch the disposables this weekend and opt for reusable, compostable or recyclable dishes. Prepare for the leftovers ahead of time! Send guests with to-go containers, compost them or plan for your next meal. Decorations Buying new decorations for every holiday can add up. How about repurposing materials for decor this weekend? Place red, white and/or blue lights from Christmas in …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on June 30, 2021

Women’s History Month – the Sun Queen

Historically, women have been underrepresented in STEM. Although many STEM fields advanced significantly in the mid-1900s, for women, careers were still considered taboo. With March being Women’s History Month, it seemed fitting to highlight a woman whose commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle laid the groundwork for modern solar technology: Dr. Maria Telkes. Originally from Hungary, Telkes received her PhD from the University of Budapest in 1920. After coming to the United States to join a family member in Ohio, she began to find her niche in the sciences by developing and researching systems that were less reliant on fossil fuels. She is credited with inventing the concept of a solar-powered heating system for the home. In collaboration with the …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, Uncategorized, Women in STEM on March 8, 2021

Black History Month – Hazel O’Leary

As February comes to a close, we wanted to take an opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the countless individuals who have driven and grown the renewable energy sector. One particularly noteworthy Black woman we’d like to highlight is The Honorable Hazel O’Leary. With an early career in criminal law, O’Leary created a reputation as a progressive, environmentally conscious do-gooder. She even served as the executive vice president at a Minnesota public utilities power company. In 1993 as President Bill Clinton was looking to fill the position of the seventh U.S. Secretary of Energy, O’Leary was a natural choice. She was unanimously approved by the Senate and became the first woman and first African American to hold …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2021