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1st Annual Corporate Earth Day Events

Thanks for making it a success!


Our Earth Day Events were a big hit! The Corporate Challenge matched employee teams with hands-on projects with local conservation nonprofits, and the Earth Day Breakfast at 21c Museum Hotel drew close to 100 people for a business panel, briefing from environmental leaders, and awards. We recognized Belk for its commitment to sustainability and environmental health in North Carolina. Corporate Challenge Awards were also presented to TheeDesign Studio, SAS and Triangle Community Foundation.


"It was incredible to see businesses come together to help the environment and make such a big impact on our community," said Heather Beard, Executive Director of EarthShare NC. "The volunteers arrived at our after-party covered in mud, tired and sore, but with huge smiles on their faces because they really made a difference."


Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who participated! Contact us to be on the list for 2016.


See our Earth Day 2015 page for details. See our Flickr site for photos.


Protecting land--and your drinking water


Tar River Land Conservancy received the Regional Environmental Award at the City of Raleigh's 8th annual Environmental Awards ceremony on April 22. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane presented the award to the Conservancy for its work on the Haynes Tract Conservation Project located near Creedmoor in Granville County. 


The Haynes Tract project led to the permanent protection of 117 acres of wetlands and forest located along Robertson Creek, just one mile upstream of Falls Lake. The Conservancy went above and beyond traditional watershed conservation projects by working with partners to clean up a 600,000-gallon abandoned hog waste lagoon on the site and then to replant the area in native hardwood trees.  The cleanup of the hog lagoon eliminated the threat of catastrophic discharge of wastewater into Robertson Creek which feeds Falls Lake, the City of Raleigh's primary drinking water supply. 


"We are honored to be recognized by the City of Raleigh for our work to protect and clean up the Haynes Tract," remarked Derek Halberg, the Conservancy's Executive Director.  "We thank not only Raleigh but all our partners whose support and expertise made this project possible. It is very rewarding to combine the protection of a sensitive watershed area with the cleanup of a lingering water quality threat."


For more information about the Conservancy's work, visit


NC Coastal Land Trust protected more than 88 acres of land within a the historic Wyse Fork Battlefield site in Jones and Lenoir Counties, the first time they have contributed to a battlefield protection effort. The Coastal Land Trust partnered with the Civil War Preservation Trust of Washington, D.C., which contributed funds to cover project expenses from an American Battlefield Protection Program grant. The Wyse Fork Civil War Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Wyse Fork (March 7-10th, 1865), the second largest land battle in North Carolina. 


The conservation agreement will forever preserve the property's historic value as a Civil War Battlefield, as well as protect its agricultural and natural values. The property remains working farmland, and the conservation agreement protects the land from development. Read more about this historic project here.

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Just launched, WWF Explore! is an interactive story that brings biodiversity to life.This storybook app combines exciting animation and entertaining stories to highlight the places, species and people WWF works to protect.
Follow a group of four students and their teacher as they journey to five of the world's most ecologically diverse regions--Africa, China, the Amazon, Arctic and Himalayas--with interactive scenes that bring each place's biodiversity to life.


Find out more about the app on the WWF website.
Summer Events:  Mark Your Calendars


150th Juneteenth Celebration with Triangle Land Conservancy. Saturday, May 30 from 10am-4pm with hikes at 10am and 1:30pm. The lands of TLC's Horton Grove Nature Preserve and Historic Stagville's 9 acres were once part of a vast plantation with more than 900 slaves prior to the Civil War. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the US and is a time for reflection, rejoicing, assessment, self-improvement, and education. Join TLC

and Historic Stagville for tours of the Horton Grove slave dwellings and Horton Grove Nature Preserve trails named for the slave families who once endured at Stagville Plantation.


Join the Conservation Trust for North Carolina for kid-friendly hikes this summer and fall that will connect you and your family to the natural world.For more information on each hike and to RSVP, click here. 

  • Saturday, June 13th, 9:00 am: Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, Orange County. Hosted by CTNC and Triangle Land Conservancy
  • Saturday, July 25th, 11:30 am: Saddle Mountain, Alleghany County. Hosted by CTNC and Piedmont Land Conservancy
  • Saturday, August 22nd, 2:00 pm: China Creek (at Blowing Rock). Hosted by CTNC, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, and Blue Ridge Conservancy
  • Saturday, September 26th, 11:00 am: Orchard at Altapass (McDowell County). Hosted by CTNC, the Orchard at Altapass, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association


Piedmont Land Conservancy celebrates Land Trust Day on Saturday, June 6th. Help them celebrate with these local retailers, where - a percentage of sales on June 6th will directly benefit PLC!        

  • Mast General Store at 516 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem 
  • Great Outdoor Provision Company stores in Greensboro (Friendly Shopping Center) & Winston Salem (Thruway Shopping Center).

See the calendar in the sidebar for more events!
ESNC Member Events:
See all events on our  ESNC Member Event Google Calendar


5/30 May is Bike Month! Bike to the Bees, 10 am Durham. See details

5/30 Juneteenth Celebration with Triangle Land Conservancy and Historic Stagville. See details.

6/1 Solarize Western Wake Information Session. 6:30-8pm. See details.

6/6 Land Trust Day! Support local land trusts like Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy by shopping at supporting retailers .

6/6 National Trails Day! Volunteer with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to build the extension of Little Bearwallow Trail in Hickory Nut Gorge. Register here.

6/6  Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Workdays at Eno River, Falls Lake, Sauratown, Ashevi lle Area. See details.

6/27 Friends of Mountains to Sea Trail Workday at Hanging Rock. See details.



7/11 Friends of Mountains to Sea Trail Workday in Alamance Co. See details.

What's your carbon footprint?

Summer can mean more travel, more air conditioning, and more greenhouse gas emissions!

It may be a great time to use the Cool Climate Carbon Footprint Calculator! 

from Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and measure your footprint. It will even suggest ways to reduce your footprint.

Email us with the results, and your plan for downsizing your footprint, and be featured in the next E-News!

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