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How to reduce your Carbon PawPrint

Have you considered adding a new furry friend to your family this year? In the U.S. alone, the number of owned pets is estimated to be 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats. In addition to being sweet, cuddly companions, your pets can also be hard on the environment. If you love your pets and the environment, here are some resources to help you be good to both. Don’t Shop…Adopt!   The concept of recycling doesn’t only apply to cans or newspaper. Just like going to the thrift store to get a good deal on a used item, consider rescuing and rehoming an adoptable dog or cat from your local shelter. Give them a second chance by “recycling” them. Each year …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on March 7, 2016

7 Tips to make your next Cup of Coffee More Sustainable

Who doesn’t like to start off their day with a steaming hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee? Drinking coffee while getting ready, driving to work or having breakfast is a part of many people’s daily routine all over the world. On average, Americans consume more than three cups of coffee per day – which makes us the biggest coffee consumer in the world. We spend a whopping 40 billion dollars on coffee each year as reported by Harvard School of Public Health. Did you know that you can help the environment by making the right choices when it comes to your favorite drink? This post will break down some of the most important factors to consider when it comes to coffee …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on January 13, 2016

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees – Which are better?

  It’s that time of the year again. Your neighbors have already finished decorating their house with lights, ornaments and Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving, but you’re still debating whether it is more eco-friendly to cut down a live Christmas tree or if you should stop by the store for an artificial one. The answer to this much debated problem might surprise you!   Harmful Chemicals According to Rodale’s Organic Life, fake trees are made from the plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the toxic chemical dioxin is released during PVC production. PVC is one of the most environmentally offensive forms of non-renewable, petroleum-derived plastic. Not only is it harmful to the environment but also to your health. Real trees are …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, Sustainability on December 4, 2015

Going Green at Work

Going Green at Work Have you ever thought about the impact your office or work place has on the environment? If you’re a full time employee you spend 40 hours or more a week at your workplace – that’s a big chunk out of your week. Choosing to make environmentally friendly changes to your work space can make a difference. Reusable Water Bottles According to the Huffington Post, there are 50 billion water bottles consumed every year worldwide, about 30 billion of them in the U.S. alone. It takes three times the volume of water to manufacture one bottle of water than it does to fill it. Why not make reusable water bottles available at your office with a company or business logo instead of …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on November 18, 2015

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.   theOatmeal.com 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