Linda Convissor's blog

See UNC Campus From a Carolina Blue Bike

If you have been near campus the past week, you may have seen some snappy Carolina blue bikes zip by. Come take a spin!  Carolina launched Tar Heel Bikes on Wednesday, putting into service 100 bikes that you can pick up at 18 different hubs.  It’s easy: all you do is download the Social Bikes app and ride. The daily plan, which is available to everyone whether or not you have a UNC affiliation, provides one free hour of riding and costs $6/hr., and is prorated after that. 

Tar Heel Bikes is one visible element of our sustainability efforts. On September 25, Carolina celebrated Three Zeros Day, a time to recognize the progress Carolina has made to reduce the campus’ environmental footprint with three goals: net zero water usage, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse-gas emissions.   This year, we announced that:

Tar Heel Treasure Yard Sale

I tried to post this under Events but I'm not sure it took and don't want anyone to miss the chance to "reuse".

[Editor's note: I removed the duplicate content. You can see the calendar item at the link below.] 

Missing Ms. Clark

It's just starting to sink in that I'll never see Rebecca Clark again.  The last I saw her was just before the holidays, and she was as strong and firm and loving as always.  I'm glad that's my last memory but regret that I didn't know her better and never followed up on my intention to take her out for lunch to just talk. 

I bet that lots of you have Ms. Clark stories and wonder if you would share them...

[Note: Long-time community activist and anchor Rebecca Clark passed away this weekend. (N&O 1/6/09) -Ed.]

Landfill Gas Project

As part of our move to sustainable energy practices, the University is partnering with Orange County on a project to turn the landfill gas from the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road into energy. On Monday, October 13, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Orange County will host an information meeting on the project at the Seymour Center at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Landfills like the one on Eubanks Road produce landfill gas, created as the waste stored there decomposes. The landfill gas then escapes into the atmosphere and is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This project would collect the gas and transport it to University property where it would be converted to electricity. This electricity would be used for power at the Giles Horney complex on Martin Luther King Boulevard and later for buildings at Carolina North.

This is an exciting project for the community. It is a great example of recycling a by-product of the landfill. Turning the landfill gas into electricity would move the University forward in its effort to become carbon neutral.

Chancellor Thorp's Installation and State Tour Blog

On October 12, Holden Thorp will be installed as the University's 10th chancellor - this will be an historic and festive event and I hope the OP community will attend.  Also wanted to be sure you knew about Chancellor Thorp's blog of his statewide tour which you can see at  Here's the email I just sent with all the details:

Dear Friends and Neighbors:



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