What: Community Town Hall
Meeting with Greenpeace Energy Expert Mike Johnsonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/173436066130761/
Where: Eno River Unitarian Church,
4907 Garrett Road Durham, NC 27707
When: Monday, November 12th, 7pm
Mike Johnson is on a state wide tour, talking about the possibilities for a
cheaper, cleaner, renewable energy future for North Carolina. Mike brings 10 years of
experience including stints at the Illinois Solar Energy Association and City
Department of Environment.
Mike will discuss the recent Greenpeace report, Charting the Correction Course, produced in association with
leading energy software company Ventyx. The report details how North Carolinians could save more than $108 billion
dollars over the next twenty years if Duke Energy switched to cleaner, cheaper
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
Eno River Unitarian Church, 4907 Garrett Road Durham, NC 27707
I was a bit of a doubter
when Holden Thorp was first appointed to be the UNC Chancellor, but he
has turned out to be the best thing to happen to South Building in
decades. I’ve been surprised to see some of my friends blaming Thorp for
UNC’s athletics scandal and acting as if staff abuse of med air flights
was a capital crime.
Thorp clearly seems guilty of trusting Matt Kupec too much, and
allowing him to waste taxpayer dollars. But Thorp is also a tremendously
thoughtful and effective leader of this hugely complex academic
institution. One stupid screw-up wasting money does not outweigh the
great job he has done for many thousands of students, for Orange County,
and for the state of North Carolina. In fact, I think he’s due a lot of
credit for the badly-needed daylight that’s been shed on UNC athletics.
The Chancellor’s position has become untenable now because of athletic boosters and anti-intellectuals like Art Pope
pounding the drums of “scandal.” These people are not concerned with
the quality of education available to North Carolinians. Of course the
Kupec/Hansbrough thing was a big mistake, but it doesn’t make Thorp
unfit to do all the many things required of a good university
chancellor. Let’s don’t blame Thorp for having to clean up the mess left
by decades of athletic corruption and mismanagement.
Today 70 Orange County residents traveled to Bloomington, Indiana for a Inter-City Visit to learn how their community deals with challenges related to public policy, student housing, economic development, and other questions. These trips are only as valuable as the information we bring back to Orange County, and I hope that through my tweets, posts on Orange Politics, and work when I return to Chapel Hill, I can provide insights into our trip and improve our community.
Most of the first day was travel from Chapel Hill to Bloomington. I started the morning by boarding a shuttle bus from University Mall at 7:00 AM, and didn’t arrive in Bloomington until 2:30 PM. That being said, I already have ideas and thoughts about how we can improve Chapel Hill based on experiences in Bloomington.
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