NC GreenPower

Here is to a “Green” Fall Season

  October is Energy Action Month. It was first brought into existence as “Energy Awareness Month” 24 years ago by George H.W. Bush. President Barack Obama proclaimed Energy Action Month to be a “call upon the citizens of the United States to recognize this month by working together to achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children.”  Here are some easy ways to save energy and/or reevaluate your energy usage choices: Conduct an energy audit It’s getting colder outside and your house may need some tune ups in order to save energy while keeping you and your family warm and cozy. Throughout the last few years Energy Audits have been growing in popularity among …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on October 16, 2015

Eating Seasonally and Locally

With summer time slowly coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the seasonality of many fruits and vegetables. Do you know what’s in season this month? According to USA Today Travel, the foods you should buy in September are pears and sweet potatoes. But what are the benefits of buying local and seasonal produce?     Support the Local Food Economy Seasonal eating supports your local North Carolina food economy. There are many resources out there that encourage the consumer to make more locally conscious choices such as the NC 10% Campaign. By pledging to spend 10 percent of your existing food dollars locally you can make a big difference in the sustainable food industry. They track …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on September 9, 2015

10 Reasons To Volunteer

Many nonprofits are adept at finding innovative ways to utilize our limited resources within the financial constraints faced by our organizations. By doing this, we are better able to accomplish our nonprofits’ missions. One of the most valuable ways to enhance our resources is to increase our reach with the aid of volunteers. NC GreenPower has nearly 700 individuals on our Speakers Bureau volunteer list, and most years we have almost 100 active volunteers staffing events for us! Volunteers aren’t just “free labor” in my mind. They are advocates, important to the growth of any nonprofit, and especially NC GreenPower. We operate statewide but our offices are based in Raleigh, NC. Just this past April, we had 14 events across the …[ MORE ]

Posted in Volunteer on July 22, 2015

It’s Recycle Week, America!

Did you know that more than a dozen items are currently banned from North Carolina landfills? Here are a few that you might not know about: 1. Used oil 2. Yard trash 3. White goods (appliances, like an old dishwasher) 4. Antifreeze 5. Aluminum cans 6. Whole scrap tires 7. Lead-acid batteries 8. ABC beverage containers 9. Motor vehicle oil filters 10. Recyclable plastic bottles (except motor oil or pesticide bottles) 11. Wooden pallets 12. Oyster shells 13. Computer equipment 14. Televisions So, what can you do to help keep these items out of the landfill? Start by reducing your consumption of these items. Opt for rechargeable batteries when possible. Donate gently used appliances and electronics still in working condition …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on June 23, 2015

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 ]

Posted in Solar on March 28, 2015

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. 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 ]

Posted in Sustainability on February 11, 2015

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 ]

Posted in Sustainability on January 15, 2015

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 ]

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2014

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 ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 22, 2014

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 ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 10, 2014