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Community Town Hall Meeting with Greenpeace Energy Expert Mike Johnson

What:  Community Town Hall Meeting with Greenpeace Energy Expert Mike Johnson
Where: Eno River Unitarian Church, 4907 Garrett Road  Durham, NC 27707
When:  Monday, November 12th, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/173436066130761/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 of Chicago’s 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 renewable energy.

Date: 

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Eno River Unitarian Church, 4907 Garrett Road Durham, NC 27707

Cleaner energy solutions to combat Duke Energy’s rate hikes for more dirty energy.

The Transit Referendum: Support and Opposition

For better or for worse, our local media works hard to give equal air time to both sides of the story. Some may fault them as giving too much voice to an opinion which represents a small minority of residents, others may thank them for giving life to a discussion. Regardless of what you think, it's sometimes difficult to cut through the noise. So where does the community stand on the whole?

Morgan Creek Festival

Join Morgan Creek Valley Alliance supporters and the Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Division to celebrate one of Chapel Hill's natural treasures -- Morgan Creek! The Morgan Creek Festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road. The festival will feature music by Tim Stanbaugh and Friends; a presentation on the natural history of Morgan Creek by Johnny Randall; exploration of Meeting-of-the-Waters Creek for kids and parents; a guided hike with Mark Chilton to learn more about historical mills of Morgan Creek; birding with New Hope Audubon's Tom Driscoll; and a guided plant walk with Dave Otto. For more information about Morgan Creek, visit www.morgancreek.org and www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1897.  

Date: 

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill

Community involvement fails its first test

In the most likely scenario that Charterwood will be approved tonight,  Chapel Hill citizens may choose to make some conclusions about the future of citizen input into how OUR town grows.

Despite significant environmental impact (not only to Eastwood Lake and Lake Ellen but to the Booker Creek headwater streams and the old growth trees), the disregard for neighborhood protection, the bastardization of process, the economic shakiness of the proposed plan, the reversal of affordable housing goals, the widespread public objections, the applicant’s frequent “misstatements,” and the precedent setting nature of the approval, Charterwood is virtually assured of passage.

What does this presage for the 2020 Future Focus Areas?  Will citizens, once again, be involved in busy work?  Will their work, like the work of citizens involved in the original Southern Small Area Plan,  the Northern Area Task Force, and 2020 be ignored?

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