12/13/10 by Juanita Teschner
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is soliciting grant applications to fund programs that would significantly reduce diesel emissions.
12/08/10 by Juanita Teschner
The Center for the Environment has received a great deal of interest in its Catawba College Energy Corps, a program that will facilitate the placement of as many as 17 students or recent graduates in on-the-job green energy positions.
12/02/10 by Juanita Teschner
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College has extended the nomination deadline for its first annual “Champions for Clean Air” awards. The awards will recognize the extraordinary commitments that groups and individuals in Rowan and Cabarrus counties have made during 2009 and/or 2010 toward reducing harmful emissions.
12/02/10 by Juanita Teschner
Fairview Flex, Inc., an innovative and sustainable office project soon to be built on Fairview Street in Kannapolis, will reflect the past in its re-use of building materials, but, clearly, it is a project for the future. Brian Cone, the third generation of the family businesses, Brown Enterprises and Kannapolis Construction Co., has embarked on a sustainable building project that will use the old Dutch lap siding and solid oak boards his grandfather used to build warehouses on the property back in the 1930s and 1940s. “At least 55 percent of the construction of these facilities will be done by utilizing reclaimed wood taken from the old warehouse that we carefully took down by hand,” Cone says. “That’s one of the things I’ll be proudest of when I see the end result.”
11/29/10 by Kathy Chaffin
Growing up in New York, Dr. Christopher Magryta said his family never talked about whether to go outside or not.
"My mom rang a cow bell for us to come home for lunch, breakfast and dinner," he told the more than 100 people gathered at the Center for the Environment facility for his talk on "Asthma, Allergies and the Environment" Nov. 18. "Other than that, we were outside rain, snow, sleet, midnight.
11/22/10 by Juanita Teschner
11/09/10 by Kathy Chaffin
For eighth graders Michaela Teeter and Ryan Turney, being part of China Grove Middle School's “No Idling” pilot program offered them an opportunity to learn about the hazards of air pollution and the chance to do something about it.
Michaela said educating parents on the danger idling poses to Rowan County's already poor air quality led most to turn off their vehicles while waiting in line to pick up their children. “We made such a big difference,” she said.
11/04/10 by Juanita Teschner
Construction on the new Concord-Kannapolis Transit Center should be complete by the end of November. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and the facility will likely open for business after Thanksgiving. Located at 3600 South Ridge Ave. in Concord, the 4,500-square-foot building is adjacent to a covered area with 10 bays for buses. Seven will be used by Concord-Kannapolis Area Transit (CK RIDER) and one by Cabarrus Links. Other buses may use the remaining bays in the future.
11/02/10 by Kathy Chaffin
When Matthew "Quint" Redmond presented his first Agriburbia© project at a town board meeting in 2003, he was laughed out of the room. "I had to leave and compose myself and come back in," he told his audience at the Center for the Environment facility on Oct. 28. "And now here I am touring the country lecturing and talking to you guys. So in six-to-seven years, it's come completely full circle."
10/29/10 by Juanita Teschner
Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), the nation’s fourth largest railroad, recently set a five-year goal to reduce its carbon footprint through fuel-saving technologies and operating efficiencies. The company plans to lower its greenhouse-gas emissions per revenue ton-mile 10 percent by 2014, compared to 2009 emissions.