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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village? According to Inhabitat, most are produced inside the Chinese village of Yiwu, where 600 factories produce 60 percent of all of the world’s festive decorations. The factory workers in Yiwu put in long hours in less-than-ethical working conditions, often dealing with toxic chemicals that have the potential to cause lasting damage to their health. So think twice before you overload on holiday knickknacks. Why not buy green gifts this year instead? Ones that use fewer resources and produce less waste than ordinary, mass-produced items. There are so many types of eco-friendly gifts you can give. Ready for some green ideas? Let’s dive in! Seed bombs …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 14, 2017

NC GreenPower Solar Schools Hold Ribbon Cuttings

Originally published by Advanced Energy. NC GreenPower Solar Schools was launched on April 1, 2015. This pilot program uses a portion of NC GreenPower’s donations to provide matching grants for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems (3-5 kilowatts, or kW) at North Carolina schools, providing clean, green, renewable energy. The Solar Schools pilot funds any eligible North Carolina K-12 school and gives teachers valuable tools to educate students about renewable energy.

Posted in Solar, Solar Schools on October 4, 2017

Top 5 North Carolina Parks to Explore this Summer

Living in North Carolina has so many perks – like our amazing state parks! Get active and explore these Top 5 North Carolina Parks this summer. North Carolina State Parks challenges you to hike, walk, bike, run, swim, paddle or roll 100 miles on our state’s trails and waterways before the end of 2017. Sign up today for the NC 100 Miles Challenge if you need an extra incentive to visit all these amazing parks. 1. William B. Umstead State Park Divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70 with 5,000 acres of gorgeous scenery waiting to be explored. There are more than 32 miles of hiking, …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on August 2, 2017

Pollinators – What the buzz is all about

Did you know? Every third week of June is Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Throughout this week, and other holidays such as World Honeybee Day, there are events all across the country to educate and raise awareness for our pollinators. But why are pollinators so important? Pollinators are often keystone species critical to an ecosystem. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants can’t produce seeds and fruits which would leave people and wildlife without food. The Pollinator Partnership has put together some interesting facts about pollinators: An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators. In the US alone, pollination produces nearly $20 billion …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature on June 29, 2017

Earth Month 2017 with NC GreenPower

This year’s official national Earth Month campaign was all about environmental & climate literacy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 helped jump start the modern environmental movement, inspiring people worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. Earth Day is just one day, but there are opportunities to get involved all month long. For NC GreenPower this meant a month full of environmental education, energy, learning, and fun. Every year we get dozens of requests throughout the months leading up to April. Whether it’s giving presentations, attending earth events, fairs and expos, or handing out our fun color-change cups, NC GreenPower is all about helping North Carolinians learn about renewable energy and the impact they …[ MORE ]

Posted in Volunteer on May 26, 2017

Sustainable Fashion: Part 2 – Upcycle your clothes

After we introduced you to sustainable fashion last week and told you all about its benefits, we will give you some ideas on how you can make a difference in today’s blog post. What can you do? So knowing the negative impact of fast fashion, how can you make an impact? This is where sustainable fashion comes into play.

Posted in Sustainability on May 9, 2017

Sustainable Fashion: Part 1

Sustainable fashion, once frowned upon by many consumers, is a growing trend taking the fashion industry by storm. It proves that “sustainable” and “fashionable” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Why fashion needs to be sustainable Can clothes be made in an ethical way that considers both people and the planet? While it may not seem as obvious right away why your clothes may have a negative impact on the environment, the following facts might change the way you see the clothing industry. According to Earth Pledge, at least 8000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles and 25% of pesticides around the world are used to grow cotton. A Greener Daily Life compiled some facts about the …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on May 5, 2017

Green Holidays around the World – 7 days to celebrate!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As this year comes to an end we cherish our time with friends and family, enjoy some time off and celebrate with holiday lights and treats. But did you know that there are dozens of GREEN HOLIDAYS that people celebrate around the world? That’s right, we’re celebrating the earth many times each year. This blog post will highlight some of our favorite green holidays! World Water Day Every year on March 22, people everywhere show that they care about water and the role it plays in our daily life. This international observance is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 12, 2016

Helping out an Army Veteran with his Solar PV System

Not everything is about profits and the bottom line for all companies. Recently, Yes Solar Solutions and Baker Renewable Energy teamed up with local nonprofit NC GreenPower to help get a wounded Veteran’s solar PV system back on track. In 2005, Army Sergeant Jon Roberts was stationed in Iraq when he was hit head-on by an 18 wheeler on his way from the Baghdad airport to his base and sustained severe brain injuries. After several surgeries, months in a coma and more months recovering in a VA hospital, Jon returned with his parents, Steve and Heidi Roberts, to Waxhaw, North Carolina where their extended family lives. They started plans to build a handicapped accessible home on six acres of family …[ MORE ]

Posted in Solar on October 19, 2016

How to help N.C. after Hurricane Matthew

Recently, our local news stations have made me aware of the devastating lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew across our state and I wanted to share this with you all. We didn’t even lose power at my house, but almost a million customers across our state did, and thousands are still waiting for theirs to come back on. Serious flooding is affecting many highways, roads and cities. Fayetteville, Goldsboro and so many other areas are under water – 39 counties are still under alert for flooding that isn’t expected to peak until Friday. Farmers are experiencing catastrophic losses to their homes and crops. They are unable to use tractors with all the water, so they are desperately trying to salvage what …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina on October 14, 2016