Environment

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

Commissioners Consider Curbside Recycling and Solid Waste (again)

At Tuesday night's Board of County Commissioner's meeting, the commissioners will vote to create a multi-jurisdictional, time-restricted Solid Waste Advisory Group (SWAG). This 12-member advisory group will consist of 2 representatives from each of the 4 local governments, 2 from UNC, and 2 citizens, and will be tasked with defining the nature, scope, and timing of solid waste issues including, but not limited to: 

National Trails Day: Fan Branch & Morgan Creek Trail Connector Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the trail project that connects the Fan Branch and Morgan Creek trails at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7. The Town of Chapel Hill event coincides with National Trails Day.

The ceremony will take place at the new tunnel under Culbreth Road. The event will be led by Jim Orr, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, with Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Peter Calingaert, chair of the Morgan Creek Trail Concept Plan Committee, and Chris Berndt, chair of the Greenways Commission. A hike to Merritt's Pasture will follow the ceremony.

About the Trail Project

The Morgan Creek Trail Phase 2 project connects the existing Morgan Creek Trail on the north side of Morgan Creek to the existing 1.6 mile long Fan Branch Trail on the south side of Culbreth Road. The $1.5 million project creates the longest paved trail in Orange County at 2.4 miles.

The relatively short section of new trail has big impacts. It includes about 1,000 feet of trail, two bridges, and a pedestrian underpass of Culbreth Road. The southern end is located at the Dogwood Acres Drive parking lot in Southern Community Park, while the northern end is at a parking lot just east of Kingswood Apartments off of highway NC 54. A side trail provides access to the Merritt Pasture open space.

The total land area of Chapel Hill is 21.3 square miles, and about 11 percent is dedicated to parks and open space. The Town is working to complete more than 28 miles of greenways and trails that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to access every part of town. The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department provides numerous opportunities for self-enrichment, adventure, fellowship and quiet reflection.

View the Trail Map at tinyurl.com/oywsc2v.

To Attend the Ribbon Cutting

Join the group at the Morgan Creek Trail parking lot off NC 54/Fordham Blvd. at 9:40 a.m. Saturday. The group will walk or bike about a half mile from the parking lot to the site of the ribbon cutting off Culbreth Road. Plan on a 15-minute walk to the ceremony site.

If the Morgan Creek Trail Parking Lot is filled, check for alternative parking in the gravel parking lot across the street from Merritt's Store on South Columbia Street (but please leave by 11:45 a.m. to accommodate their lunch rush) or use the street parking in Southern Village or park at Southern Community Park. If you are walking from the Southern Community Park, allow for about 25 minutes of travel time.

For more information or to receive special assistance, contact Bill Webster, assistant parks and recreation director, at 919-968-2819 or bwebster@townofchapelhill.org.

Date: 

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 9:40am

Location: 

Morgan Creek Trail parking lot off NC 54/Fordham Blvd

Reducing our Carbon Foot/ Reducing OCSO Fleet Ependitures

 As Sheriff of Orange County I would convert the current Sheriff’s Office fleet to propane auto gas. Fully implemented to the Sheriff’s Office fleet this will save $600,000.00 to $800.000.00 over a period of four years. This extends the vehicle’s oil life reducing oil usage and cost. Propane’s low-emission profile will help the Sheriff’s Office significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Fewer greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions reduce negative health effects from time spent idling at traffic stops, accidents, and crime scenes.

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