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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

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

Black History Month – Hazel O’Leary

As February comes to a close, we wanted to take an opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the countless individuals who have driven and grown the renewable energy sector. One particularly noteworthy Black woman we’d like to highlight is The Honorable Hazel O’Leary. With an early career in criminal law, O’Leary created a reputation as a progressive, environmentally conscious do-gooder. She even served as the executive vice president at a Minnesota public utilities power company. In 1993 as President Bill Clinton was looking to fill the position of the seventh U.S. Secretary of Energy, O’Leary was a natural choice. She was unanimously approved by the Senate and became the first woman and first African American to hold …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2021

Energy-Sucking Devices Are Needlessly Costing You and the Environment

October may be known for Halloween, but it’s also Energy Awareness Month! With both of these in mind, we figured it would be a great time to share a simple and not-so-scary way to support the environment while also saving money on your energy bill each month: unplug! Many of today’s electronics, appliances and devices consume electricity even when seemingly turned off or not in use. These energy vampires, sometimes called idle or phantom loads, can add over $150 to your annual energy bill and equal the electricity supplied by 50 large power plants! So even though that smartphone charger is not connected, you and the environment are still paying for electricity it is using. But do not fear. Once …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2019

Kimberly Walsh Joins Our Team as an Administrative Assistant

We are excited to welcome Kimberly Walsh as an administrative assistant. Kimberly was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but spent most of her childhood and young adulthood in Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC Greensboro, where she majored in environmental studies and international studies. Kimberly has long been environmentally conscious. At 8, she successfully encouraged her family to start recycling at home, and by 13, she had a pretty good idea of what she wanted to pursue in the future: an opportunity that would allow her to integrate her love of the environment and education. Thanks to a diverse friend group growing up, she also developed a fascination with learning about other belief systems and religions, and she had …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2019

Sponsor Spotlight – celito

  celito, a local Raleigh, NC internet service provider with a national footprint, has been a financial supporter of NC GreenPower since 2009. As an internet, hosted voice, consulting and network solution, celito provides quality service to a wide range of commercial clients by utilizing their celito-branded fiber with local support. celito was founded by CEO Sharat Nagaraj in 1999. After graduating from NC State with a B.S. in Engineering, Sharat decided to start his own company in Raleigh. celito is a “green” company that focuses on recycling and making small impactful changes daily.   When asked why celito chooses to support NC GreenPower, Business Development Coordinator Keanna Warmsley stated, “We want to do our part to support sustainable efforts, …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2018

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

Environmental Household Cleaning

Spring is in the air! And with it comes spring cleaning, so here is our next blog post with Eco-friendly spring cleaning tips. This time we will look into ways to clean our homes while staying green. Many household cleaning supplies contribute to indoor air pollution and can actually be quite hazardous when they come in contact with skin, are inhaled, or are ingested. Chemicals from cleaning products can be released into the air and linger because of the limited airflow indoors, exposing you and your family for longer periods of time. Standard cleaning products are often petroleum-based and have negative effects that extend even beyond indoor pollution and personal health problems. They keep their potency long after they’ve gone …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Out Your Closet

With spring fast approaching, be on the lookout for a series of blog posts with Eco-friendly spring cleaning tips. To start out, let’s look at how to clean out your closet without adding to landfills. Fast fashion is defined as a contemporary term describing a clothing chain’s ability to move designs from catwalk to stores quickly at a low price to customers. It brings an end to the two-season shopping; companies like Zara, H&M and Forever 21 can design, manufacture and get new styles into store shelves within a month. Although fast and cheap, our closets can’t keep up, forcing us to throw away the excess of it – approximately 70 pounds per person annually according to the Council for …[ MORE ]

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2014