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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

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

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

Featured Volunteer – Jairo M.

NC GreenPower is incredibly grateful for our volunteers! Our “Featured Volunteer” series will recognize some of our do-gooders for their dedication and service. Our May featured volunteer hails from Durham, NC. Jairo is a student at Riverside High School and has a passion for preserving the environment. Having lived in multiple cities in North Carolina and Florida, Jairo is well-versed in the East Coast’s developing renewable energy scene. Jairo first discovered NC GreenPower through our volunteer listing featured on Activate Good’s website. He explains, “I like to interact with others, and this is helping me become more engaged in conversations and get used to speaking and explaining to others, as many have questions or interesting stories that they like to …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Volunteer on May 10, 2019

2018 Annual Report

With 2019 in full swing, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the previous year and wanted to share with you some of our highlights.   We celebrated 15 years! 2018 marked 15 years of NC GreenPower working towards a greener North Carolina. We kicked off our celebrations with our #NCGP15Years social media campaign to connect with individuals such as yourselves that have made our work a possibility. We are grateful for the opportunity to grow alongside the sustainable energy sector in North Carolina and are excited to see how the developing industry shapes our work. Growing Solar Schools Now in the grant program’s 5th year, NC GreenPower is eager to be welcoming another cohort of solar schools. There was …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Solar on April 15, 2019

Sponsor Spotlight – REAP

We are thrilled to share with you our first sponsor spotlight of the year: REAP (Renewable Energy and Preservation) is a Certified B Corporation in Sanford, North Carolina. Owner April Montgomery explains, “We facilitate the development of utility scale solar and wind projects across the United States. We also specialize in preservation projects.” As a B Corp, REAP operates based on the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Keeping these values in mind as a guidepost to best practices, the company has managed to continue growing in an uncertain market and regulatory environment. One of their proudest accomplishments to date has been the restoration of a medical practice facility, Lutterloh, in downtown Sanford. The building has been converted into …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Sustainability on April 9, 2019

Celebrating 15 Years of NC GreenPower with 15 Stories

Have you heard? This year marks our 15th Anniversary! Fifteen years ago, NC GreenPower was officially established by the Utilities Commission. It seems like only yesterday that we first started supporting green initiatives in North Carolina. And we couldn’t have made it to year 15 without you. Time to celebrate! While we already had a blast celebrating with our dedicated Board of Directors, sponsors and volunteers at a recent intimate gathering at our offices (see more pictures here), we have much more to celebrate! Here you can find our 15 Years and 15 Stories campaign. Read all about our stories, memories and pictures from the past 15 years. We love a good throwback and hope you’ll enjoy our stories as much as we …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, Nature, North Carolina, Solar, Solar Schools, Volunteer on October 8, 2018

Help Us Celebrate World Environment Day

June 5th is World Environment Day, and in honor of the occasion, we’re excited to get involved by spreading knowledge to inspire involvement. World Environment Day is dedicated to encouraging awareness and action worldwide to protect our planet. The event this year is specifically dedicated to reducing plastic pollution, which proves to be a growing issue in our oceans across the globe. Single use plastic products are one of the largest culprits of our disposable consumer lifestyle, causing damage by polluting our oceans, harming animals, leaching toxins into our food – entering the food chain and ultimately the human body. While the effects are terrible, there are some simple precautions everyone can take to reduce the consumption of single use …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment on June 5, 2018