03/03/11 by Kathy Chaffin
The Center for the Environment's website now includes a “No Idling Toolkit,” which outlines steps for schools wanting to reduce idling by parents dropping off students in the mornings and picking them up in the afternoons.
03/01/11 by Staff Writer
Sixteen regional child care health consultants learned about the link between air pollution and health Feb. 9 when Shelia Armstrong, air quality outreach coordinator at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, spoke to the Central Region’s Child Care Health Consultants’ Association in Burlington.
Diane Fleming, child care health consultant through Smart Start Rowan, noted the importance of the information Armstrong shared. “Child care facilities are required by law to abide by specific restrictions on ozone alert days,” she says. “So this information is important to us because we share that with the child care providers in every facility we serve.”
03/01/11 by Kathy Chaffin
The success of the China Grove Middle School Green Team's "No Idling" pilot program has it being hailed as a statewide model for other schools.
Center for the Environment staff designed the program for the school’s Green Team as part of the Center’s Campaign for Clean Air and has posted a toolkit on its website for other schools to follow. Additional information will be added to the toolkit later.
02/17/11 by Staff Writer
Scientific evidence linking ground-level ozone to citizens’ health and the state of the economy are impacting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s determination on how strict the new ozone standard will be.
01/25/11 by Kathy Chaffin
North Carolina municipalities are joining cities and towns across the country in exploring ways to reduce fuel use and harmful emissions that come from idling. Cary and Chapel Hill will be the first to try idle reduction technologies that will be financed with grant money through an Alternative Fuel/Advanced Vehicle Technology program administered by the North Carolina Solar Center's Clean Transportation Project. The $500,000 initiative is being funded with American Reinvestment Act money awarded to the N.C. Department of Commerce State Energy Division.
01/21/11 by Kathy Chaffin
Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp and EDF staff member Miriam Horn delivered a
rousing message of hope for the environment – and the economy – at Catawba College Thursday
evening. In the year and a half since the revised paperback version of their book, “Earth: The Sequel,” came out,
Krupp told the 300 people gathered in Keppel Auditorium that the clean energy revolution – a multi-
trillion-dollar market – predicted by their book is here and well under way.
12/17/10 by Kathy Chaffin
The American public has an opportunity to support national clean air efforts by commenting in favor of a proposed rule for the first ever greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses and vans.
12/14/10 by Kathy Chaffin
Almost three years since the release of "Earth: The Sequel -- The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming," coauthor and longtime Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said he remains hopeful that there is still time to save the planet. Entrepreneurs are creating products and processes that accomplish everything from improving the efficiency of solar cells to lessening auto emissions.
12/14/10 by Kathy Chaffin
Coauthors Miriam Horn and Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, dedicated their book, “Earth: The Sequel -- The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming,” to her daughter, his three sons and “everyone else's children as well.” Horn, a staff member at the EDF, said it was after the birth of her 11-year-old daughter, Francesca, that she made the decision to return to the environmental field in an advocacy role.
12/14/10 by Juanita Teschner
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has again delayed an announcement on stricter ozone standards that affect the quality of our air. Originally, the new standard was to be announced in October; then it was delayed until December. Now the EPA says it will set the final standard by the end of July 2001.