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JANUARY/FEBRUARY EARTHSHARE NC E-NEWS
In This Issue
ON THE HOMEFRONT

EarthShare NC Announces First Annual Corporate Earth Day Events

 

EarthShare NC is launching three Corporate Earth Day Events this year to bring together corporate interest in the health of the community, team building for employees, and volunteerism in support of nonprofit organizations that are working every day to care for our air, land water and wildlife. The events will provide Triangle companies a fun and impactful way to connect employees with conservation efforts during Earth Month. 

  • Corporate Green Day Challenge: Employee teams are matched with on the ground projects to assist Triangle area nonprofits for the afternoon. - April 16th.
  • Challenge Celebration:  We will cap off the afternoon with a party to celebrate the good work accomplished and network with participating companies and nonprofits.
  • Leadership Breakfast: Features leaders in corporate sustainability, updates from environmental leaders, displays for environmental nonprofit groups and business networking. - April 23rd.

Additional information is on our Earth Day 2015 page or contact Heather Beard to learn more. 919-687-4840

Welcome to our newest Workplace Partner!

 

Thanks to WasteZero for hosting an employee giving campaign and partnering with EarthShare NC to support our Member nonprofits. Please consider supporting EarthShare NC through YOUR workplace giving program. Don't have a giving campaign? Contact us to find out how to start one.

We're Hiring

 

This internship is offered through the Conservation Trust for NC's Max Mukelabai Diversity Internship Program. You must apply through Hiring Thing using the link above. We will be interviewing promising candidates on a rolling basis through the end of February. Please apply early!

 

YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK

Protect NC Water from Coal Ash & Fracking


 

EarthShare NC Members have been working hard to protect NC waters from coal ash and the hazards associated with fracking. Clean water advocates, including NC League of Coalition Voters Foundation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Riverkeeper organizations and more have been asking Duke Energy and decision makers to safely store coal ash for years. On September 2014, conservation groups, including the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, filed lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to clean up toxic coal ash pollution from three Duke facilities that are contaminating rivers and groundwater supplies that provide drinking water to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.

 

At the same time, EarthShare members, including North Carolina Conservation Network, NC Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and more, are actively working to protect North Carolina from the dangers associated with fracking. This month, a lawsuit filed by Southern Environmental Law Center challenged the constitutionality of the Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) that regulates the controversial gas drilling technique. It seeks to void the commission and its proposed rules.

 

More information on coal ash and fracking in North Carolina:

http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/issues/coal-ash

https://www.southernenvironment.org/cases-and-projects/coal-waste

http://www.ncconservationnetwork.org/

http://www.neuseriver.org/neuseissuesandfacts/fracking.html

 

Photo from NCCLT E-News
Land Trust buys 670 acres at Lake Waccamaw

 

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of 670 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp along the Waccamaw River located just south of Lake Waccamaw State Park. The Waccamaw River is one of the finest blackwater rivers in the southeast, known for its abundance and variety of natural species, beautiful cypress swamps, and scenic landscapes that allow for unique paddling opportunities. "The Waccamaw is unique and wild," said Janice Allen, Deputy Director of the Coastal Land Trust. "It includes some of the most beautiful and extensive cypress swamps in the state, and portions of the river and Lake Waccamaw contain fish and mollusks that are found nowhere else on Earth."


 

The acquisition was made possible due to part an award from a 2012 court-ordered settlement of the Clean Water Act case brought by the US Attorney against Freedman Farms, a corporate hog farm, along with a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and private donors Fred and Alice Stanback of Salisbury.

LOOKING AHEAD
January/February Events: Mark Your Calendars


 

Energy Efficiency Webinar: Jan 29th

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) continues its webinar series with a presentation on energy efficiency success in worship facilities on Jan 29th. Learn about utility incentives, EPA tools, and how to be recognized as a Cool Congregation by Interfaith Power & Light. Read more here.

 

Clean Air & Water Film Festival: Feb 19th
 
Clean Air Carolina and Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will host the 2nd Annual Clean Air-Clean Water film festival on February 19 at Central Piedmont Community College in uptown Charlotte. The film festival is a free and open to all. SAVE THE DATE, invite your friends, and go to their pages for more details.

 

Central Piedmont Community College is an ESNC workplace partner! Faculty and staff can give to any or all EarthShare NC nonprofits through their Community Giving Campaign now through March 31.

Thanks to Fan Li and Zach Wellman for contributing to this edition of E-News.

ESNC Member Events:
See all events on our ESNC Member Event Google Calendar


 

1/25 Join a TLC's Thank Goodness It's (TGI) Hike Day- Swift Creek Bluffs.

 

 

1/23 & 1/27 Watch two environmental live shows with MountainTrue (formerly WNCA)- Asheville/ Hendersonville Click for details.


 

3/10 The 2015 Taste of Coastal Carolina with Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation-New Bern. See event details and restaurant list here.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CORNER
Green Tips:

Use your resolution to workout to double as Green Transportation! Biking to and from nearby stores means less gas and energy used. 


 

Cut out cigarettes and you will be helping both your lungs and the environment through both the litter saved and the chemicals that are required to produce the cigarettes themselves.


 

Healthier eating means more greens! Natural, organic and locally grown foods can be picked up from a farmers market to reduce chemical use and help the local economy.


 

Organize and consolidate, clean through your house and try to reduce how much you use daily! Organization means knowing exactly how much you need, and wasting less.
 


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