Add central North Carolina to the list of knowledge work "boom" areas facing the limits to growth imposed by an increasingly severe drought. The Raleigh, Durham, & Chapel Hill area looks to be facing a drought serious enough to have economic
We apologize in advance if folks are getting tired of reading about Piedmont Biofuels, but these folks just keep on pushing the sustainable biofuels agenda in such a way that it's hard not to take note. Admittedly last week's post on their biofuels
Piedmont Biofuels are clearly a multi-talented bunch. Not only are they creating locally brewed sustainable biodiesel for the Piedmont area of North Carolina, but they have also turned their hand to community supported agriculture and even soap making.
Here's an example of an office building that has been converted to 100% LED light. The new bulbs consume 48% less energy than those they replaced (mostly fluorescents lights). The workplace in question is the headquarters of Cree, a company in North
We at TreeHugger have been big fans of Burt's Bees. We first covered them a few years ago and this past summer we wrote about their Greater Good campaign and additionally we spoke with Mike Indursky, the company's Chief Marketing Officer. But
What has always impressed us about Piedmont Biofuels (whose co-founder, Lyle Estill, we interviewed here, here and here) has been their willingness to look beyond simply creating alternative fuels, and to actually address how energy and resources are
Nuclear power is a pretty emotive subject. Perhaps surprisingly, when we asked our readers if nuclear has a place in our energy future, the results seemed to indicate a majority in support of at least some future nuclear capabilities. Yet a recent
Due to the combination of drought lowering flows in the Catawba River and the added heat of midsummer, coal fired power plants that rely on Catawba water withdrawals for cooling are being forced to shut down or limit operations due to discharge permit
Though we knew that trees alone wouldn't provide the silver bullet needed to single-handedly fix global warming, a new study from scientists at Duke University in North Carolina seems to have cast doubts on the notion of using trees at all as a
A little while back TreeHugger posted news of the Greater Good campaign, a new initiative being spearheaded by natural body care pioneers Burt's Bees. The idea behind the campaign is to clear up once and for all the fuzzy definitions of 'natural'
Barry Edwards had a seemingly simple idea: why not have businesses and other groups make use of the garbage and sewage that was piling up every day in Catawba County's landfills instead of letting it go to waste? Having heard of similar plans being
We've covered Burt's Bees before, back in the early days of TreeHugger. It seems that things have been growing rapidly for this North Carolina-based provider of natural personal care products. You can hardly go anywhere without seeing their display
When we reported on Ben and Jerry's teaming up with Ecotricity to combat global warming, one irate commenter informed us that it was 'total rubbish' due to the environmental impacts of the dairy industry . While we agree that over consumption of
Yesterday we covered the vision of a group of activists in North Carolina fighting to create a permanent home for Carrboro Greenspace, "a public space where all people can enjoy and engage with their local environment(s) and work to developing truly
TreeHugger is a big believer in community, and community environmental action. We've just posted our guide on How To Green Your Community, and a big part of that revolves around the creation and preservation of community gardens, city farms, and other
However many times we hear that energy efficiency should be the first step to greening our homes, and that it should take priority over fancy off-grid generation systems, many of us TreeHuggers still dream of shiny solar panels on the roof.
When we interviewed Tim Toben, of Greenbridge Developments, and asked him what every TreeHugger could do to make a better, greener world, he suggested that people should "tell the story about the transformation from a world powered by fossil fuels to