It's an exciting time of year.  Let's kick off 2016 with resolutions that  EarthShare NC can help you fulfill (no sit-ups necessary). Want to get outdoors more? Get your company more involved in the community? Learn more about conservation and energy issues? Read on.

We are hiring a full time Operations Manager (applications due 1/15) and a part time Coordinator for the Charlotte Earth Day Events (applications due 1/27). See our  News page  for the job descriptions and instructions .

Now is the time to talk to your colleagues about joining the Corporate Earth Day Events in the Triangle or Charlotte. Sponsors are being confirmed now through March 1st. 

The events include the Corporate Challenge (a volunteer competition between teams) and After Party, plus an Earth Day Breakfast in Raleigh on April 22nd. These are unique opportunities to celebrate Earth Day as a company and support local nonprofits that care for our water, air, land and wildlife.  See the 2016 Earth Day Events webpage  for  more information.
Plans are underway for Corporate Forums in the Greensboro, Charlotte, and Triangle areas. The first round of forums brought together business and conservation leaders to discuss common interests in protecting our natural resources. The 2016 forums will build on that topic with new speakers and more opportunity to exchange ideas. To request an invitation, email us. See the  Corporate Forum page  for  more information.
Piedmont Land Conservancy adds 70 acres to Pilot MountainState Park

Piedmont Land Conservancy has helped facilitate the largest land addition to Pilot Mountain State Park in over 30 years. The 70 acre expansion will protect the Pilot Creek watershed, create a new hiking trail head and provide other benefits to the popular park, which features miles of trails, camping, climbing and views of the iconic Pilot Mountain knob, rising over 2,000 feet into the Piedmont sky.

Matt Windsor, superintendent of Pilot Mountain State Park, says, "We are so very glad that this has worked out for Pilot Mountain State Park. Having this piece of land become a part of the park will mean that we can better protect the watershed of Pilot Creek, establish a new park trailhead access for the public, and hopefully link up with a planned greenway in the Town of Pilot Mountain in the not too distant future. Hikers on the Mountains-To-Sea Trail would then be able to travel all the way from the Yadkin River to downtown Pilot Mountain without ever leaving the trail." 

In addition, Windsor says the park has received a commitment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for milkweed plants, allowing the creation of a Monarch Butterfly waystation in the expanded area.  Read more.
What Happened at the Paris Climate Summit?

Did you miss the outcome of the UN Climate Summit in Paris during all the holiday b usyness? You can see this recap video from Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to learn about the commitments made during the summit. We were particularly touched by visual journal from Perrin  Ireland of Natural Resources Defense Council, including the page pictured here.

Want to learn more about NC-specific energy issues? See the  Clean Energy  blogthis great infographic and fact sheet from NC Sustainable Energy Association, this article featuring a top NC business leader who attended the UN climate summit in Paris, and a summary of what the state budget means for renewable energy investments  tax incentives
As always, our Member events  calendar is full of volunteer, education, and recreation opportunities near you! Here's a sampling of our Members' events:
  • Paddle and Plant with MountainTrue weekly Jan-March. See details
  • Cabe Lands History Hike with Eno River Association 1/17 See details
  • An Evening of Art & Literature with LandTrust for Central NC 1/21 See details
  • Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Annual Meeting 2/6 See details
  • Lake Norman Covekeeper Meeting at Carolina Raptor Center 2/20 See details
It finally got chilly in NC. Thinking about your power bill?

MountainTrue has a Green Energy page with helpful links including programs for Duke Energy Customers and options for getting an energy audit for your business or place of worship. National Resources Defense Council has tips on how to save energy by changing how you use everything from your TV and gaming devices to dishwashers.
Thank you for your support of EarthShare NC and all our Member nonprofits. Follow us on social media at the links below to stay up to date between editions of NC E-News.

Happy New Year!
Allison Harrison
Outreach & Engagement Director
EarthShare North Carolina

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