NC GreenPower

Featured Volunteer – Noah Anderson

NC GreenPower is incredibly grateful for our volunteers! Our “Featured Volunteer” series will recognize some of our do-gooders for their dedication and service. Noah is an NC GreenPower volunteer from Raleigh, NC. He first staffed an event for us at the EV Electric Drive Celebration in September 2017. Over the past few months, he’s been regularly signing up for nearly all of our events and has gone above and beyond to help us spread our message. Noah graduated from Appalachian State University’s Appropriate Technology program and has had an interest in renewable energy for as long as he’s been aware of the need for a transition away from unsustainable sources. When asked about his interest in renewable energy and the Solar …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Volunteer on March 8, 2018

Green Ideas for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one of those commercialized, overly advertised holidays where you feel obligated to lavish gifts on a significant other. But if you just want to tell someone you love how much you appreciate them in your life, and don’t want to be wasteful, check out these green heart ideas! Choose local flowers. Imported flowers need to be flown or trucked in from states away, AND refrigerated during their journey, so we definitely recommend picking up your loved one flowers or a flowering plant from a local shop or one of the NC Farm Fresh retail nurseries and garden centers. Store-bought, imported flowers usually come wrapped up in cellophane — which is not recyclable. Buy local chocolates. There are so many …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on February 9, 2018

Reasons to apply for an NCGP Solar Schools grant

NC GreenPower is excited to announce we are accepting applications for the fourth year of our Solar Schools Program starting January 2, 2018 through February 28! The NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot provides grants for a 3-5 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) educational project, complete with a weather station, real-time monitoring, curriculum and training for teachers. Any K-12 school in North Carolina may apply for a 50% matching grant, up to $10,000. Schools are reviewed on a number of criteria – more information about the application process and eligibility requirements can be found in the Application Information document.   Are you interested in applying but need some help getting your principal on board with the Solar Schools Program? Here are some …[ MORE ]

Posted in Solar, Solar Schools Tagged , , , , on January 25, 2018

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