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Solar+ School Spotlight: Carolina International School

SCHOOL FACTS: County: Cabarrus Type of school: Charter School Mission: “The world is our family” Grade levels: K-12 School Profile: Suburban Number of students: 910 Featured School Carolina International School (CIS) is a suburban charter school in Carbarrus County, North Carolina. Their mission “The world is our family” emphasizes the dual focus on international and environmental education. With more than 900 students and 82 acres of property, CIS is excited about the opportunity to integrate the solar array into their curriculum. The NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools program provides grants for 5-kilowatt solar educational projects at schools, complete with a weather station, real-time monitoring, energy curricula and training for teachers. Any K-12 school in North Carolina may apply, and NC GreenPower …[ MORE ]

Posted in Solar, Solar Schools, Sustainability on January 14, 2022

A Sustainable Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! No matter where, when, or how you’re celebrating, you are most likely busy buying gifts, decorating, preparing for guests and so much more. With all there is to do, it can be challenging to remember sustainable practices. With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips that can help you make this holiday season eco-friendly, without adding anything else to your agenda! Decorations Holiday decorations are one of the best parts of the most wonderful time of the year. As you string lights and hang stockings, keep in mind that there are many ways simple steps you can take to decorate responsibly. Lighting up your tree? Go LED! Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs consume …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 10, 2021

Shop Green this Holiday Season

Buying gifts during the holidays can be a hassle, and with the added stress of supply and demand issues, this year will be no exception. Back in October, experts predicted that this season might be the toughest yet. Don’t worry if you haven’t already wrapped your gifts or even put your list together, there are still many ways to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping in mind your efforts to shop green. You might be asking: how did we get here in the first place? Long story short, it’s a combination of factors, from the worker shortage to transportation delays and an influx in global waste products – think disposable masks, increased online shopping packaging and an …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability, Uncategorized Tagged , , on November 10, 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

Go Green this July 4th

July 4th festivities are about to begin, which means it’s time for friends, fireworks and fun. This Independence Day, add a little bit of green to your red, white, and blue celebrations! Here are some tips to make your weekend eco-friendly: Say No to Disposables Disposable items often make for an “easy” clean-up but are not easy on the environment. Ditch the disposables this weekend and opt for reusable, compostable or recyclable dishes. Prepare for the leftovers ahead of time! Send guests with to-go containers, compost them or plan for your next meal. Decorations Buying new decorations for every holiday can add up. How about repurposing materials for decor this weekend? Place red, white and/or blue lights from Christmas in …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on June 30, 2021

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. Or try an ethically conscious online retailer …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on February 12, 2020

Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

The holidays are just about here, which usually means lots of food, travel, family, and friends. But they don’t have to be wasteful. Here are some ways to make this Thanksgiving more sustainable! Plan Ahead: Americans throw away a lot of food — approximately 165 billion dollars’ worth annually. And turkey waste from Thanksgiving alone accounts for 200 million pounds of that. To stay on top of your portions this year, consider a potluck-style meal or try to gauge how much food you’ll need based on your guest count. And compost and save leftovers when you can! Shop Local: Before rushing out to eat yourself into a Thanksgiving-inspired food coma, think about where your food comes from. When working through …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on November 25, 2019

Celebrating National Bike Month

Happy National Bike Month! If you’ve been following our social media channels, you’ve likely seen that we’ve been celebrating this month by highlighting North Carolina’s vibrant cyclist population. From meet-ups to advocacy groups, bikers play an essential role in leading the charge in carbon neutral transportation. Within our own office, there are several employees who use alternative forms of transportation for their daily commute. Kelsy Green (on left), project manager at our parent nonprofit, Advanced Energy, is an avid cycler and regularly rides her bike to the office. For the past two years, she has started and ended her day with a three-mile ride on Raleigh’s Greenways and Centennial Campus. Kelsy recounts, “I was really excited when I purchased a …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Sustainability on May 16, 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