Environment

When Art Reflects Reality (Even After 130 Years)

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As I took my seat in the Paul Green Theatre last Saturday for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of An Enemy of the People, I had no expectation that the performance would resonate with the kind of local government discourse and behavior I see right here in Chapel Hill. Yet, as the play began and the story unfolded, that is exactly what happened.

Let's Do Parking Right: A Look at the Evidence

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Parking, like traffic, is a recurring theme in local conversation about growth and development. We often hear from some community members that there is nowhere to park in downtown Chapel Hill/Carrboro, that a lack of parking is hurting local businesses, and that the parking minimums required for the Ephesus-Fordham renewal district are insufficient.

But the facts simply don’t support these claims. The reality is that providing more parking – especially surface parking – is fundamentally incompatible with urban land uses.*

Carrboro Fall Forum Part 3: Buildings and Renewable Energy

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Join us for this third session of the Carrboro Planning Board's three-part fall forum series on community-scale energy use and climate change

In this session, we'll hear about and discuss:

  • Climate Protection Planning in Carrboro (Randy Dodd, Town of Carrboro environmental planner)
  • Solarize Orange County (Rob Pinder)
  • Passive and Active Solar Energy Opportunities for Your Home, featuring an Interactive 3-D Model (David Clinton, architect and principal at Szostak Design Inc, and Planning Board member)
  • Energy Conservation (John Hines, marketing representative of Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation)
  • Base Hits, Strike Outs, and Home Runs: Twenty Renewable Energy Businesses I Have Loved (Lyle Estill, vice president of Piedmont Biofuels and serial entrepreneur)

We'll have light refreshments and plenty of time for questions and discussion. See you Wednesday!

Also:

  • Chapel Hill Transit routes CW, F, and J stop in front of the ArtsCenter.
  • There's a beautiful new bicycle corral at the ArtsCenter entrance.
  • There's free car parking (and covered bicycle parking) in the 300 East Main parking deck.

Date: 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro ArtsCenter, 300 E Main Street, Carrboro

State of the Environment (Orange County)

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This is a county wide event to introduce the 2014 State of the Environment Report written by Orange County Commission for the Environment. Guest speakers will also be talking about Jordan Lake, Invasive Species, Forests and Climate Change.

Date: 

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Maple View Dairy Farm Education Center

Chapel Hill May Delay Rogers Road Discussion, Again

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The Chapel Hill Town Council was to continue its discussion this evening about how to fund the extension of sewer service to the Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood, in its first meeting of the 2014-2015 session. However, town staff is again recommending a continuation of the public hearing.

Solarize Hillsborough Kickoff

Solarize Hillsborough is a grassroots effort that makes it simple and affordable to go solar. We organize neighbors together for free solar assessments and group discounts.

This event will have solar experts to step you through each phase of the process: design and installation, connection to your utility, how to qualify for tax credits that cover up to 65% of the installation costs, and options for financing. Our panel will also answer all of your questions.

Everyone in Orange County is eligible to participate!

Date: 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Durham Tech Orange County Campus

Solarize Chapel Hill Kickoff

 

Solarize Chapel Hill is a grassroots effort that makes it simple and affordable to go solar. We organize neighbors together for free solar assessments and group discounts.

This event will have solar experts to step you through each phase of the process: design and installation, connection to your utility, how to qualify for tax credits that cover up to 65% of the installation costs, and options for financing. Our panel will also answer all of your questions.

Everyone in Orange County is eligible to participate!

Date: 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Chapel Hill Public Library

Solarize movement spreading to Chapel Hill, Hillsborough

From April to May, Solarize Carrboro helped more than 300 people find out if their home was right for solar. While many are still evaluating their proposals, more than 30 homes and businesses have already committed and are going solar. These solar rooftop power plants will generate enough electricity to replace FIVE MILLION pounds of coal, all while keeping our energy dollars local.

Help Solarize your Community

Rooftop solar power provides clean, local and independent energy, all while saving money on your electricity bill. Solarize Chapel Hill is a non-profit, grassroots effort that makes it easy both to find out if solar is right for you, and to get solar on more roofs. 

By organizing neighbors together for group discounts, vetting solar installers, and helping you maximize the tax incentives, Solarize Chapel Hill makes it simple and affordable to go solar. More than 300 people participated in our recent program in Carrboro, so we know that many in Chapel Hill could become more energy independent and save money by adding solar. 

The biggest challenge is getting the word out about how affordable solar power has become. We are currently recruiting volunteer Neighborhood Solar Ambassadors to get the word out in neighborhoods around Chapel Hill. 

If you are interested in becoming a Neighborhood Solar Ambassador or just want to learn more, please join us at TRU in Chapel Hill (114 Henderson Street) on July 22 at 7pm for drinks, appetizers, merriment, and the opportunity to learn more about Solarize Chapel Hill. FIRST ROUND AND APPETIZERS ARE ON US! More info at www.solarizeChapelHill.org

Date: 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 7:00am to 8:30am

Location: 

TRU bar and deli, 114 Henderson St. Dwntwn Chapel Hill

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