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City of Charlotte and the Town of Morrisville Both Awarded 2017 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded both the City of Charlotte Storm Water Services and the Town of Morrisville with the regional 2017 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Municipal Category. The City of Charlotte Storm Water Services won for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools South Park Watershed Enhancement Project, and the Town of Morrisville won for the Northwest Park Project. The awardees will be honored at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charleston, S.C. on May 15, 2017.

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Duke Energy Coal Ash Pollution into Hyco Lake and Dan River and Roanoke River Basins Violates Clean Water Act

On behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association, the Southern Environmental Law Center notified Duke Energy of its intent to file suit in federal court for illegal pollution of Hyco Lake and the Dan River and Roanoke River Basins from Duke Energy’s Roxboro coal ash site in Person County, N.C.  Duke Energy currently treats Hyco Lake and waterways that flow into it as unprotected pollution dumping grounds and contaminates them with coal ash pollution.

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Bark House receives Sustainable Manufacturing Award

The Bark House received the Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing from the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP).  The award was presented by NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, NCMEP Director Phil Mintz, and EDPNC Global business Services VP John Loyack at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro to company co-founders, Marty and Chris McCurry.

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Solar Farm Corporation "Offering for Sale" 3.7GW's of High Return Projects

Innovative Solar Systems based in Asheville, NC has become the #1 Developer of Utility Scale Solar Farms in the U.S. and has just announced plans to immediately sell off 3.7 GW's of the companies almost 10GW pipeline of projects. The projects being sold by ISS range in sizes from 20MW (AC) to well over 200MW (AC) and are what the company calls premier projects with stellar returns for these types of PV solar energy plants. Interested parties will NOT be able to cherry pick the portfolio and only buy a project or two as ISS requires qualified buyers to buy large blocks of these projects with minimum block sizes being from 300MW to 1GW. Innovative Solar Systems currently has the largest pipeline of projects for sale here in the United States and the quality of these projects is unmatched by others.

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Top National Food Awards Prove Sustainable Farming Equals Great Food

Two 2017 Good Food Award recipients Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World

Two Animal Welfare Approved products received national awards at the 2017 Good Food Awards ceremony, in recognition of their leading contribution to creating sustainable, delicious and vibrant food economies across the U.S.

  • Sam Suchoff of The Pig Restaurant and Lady Edison in Chapel Hill, NC, won a Good Food Award for Lady Edison Extra Fancy Country Ham, an 18-month aged savory ham, made using pasture-raised, Animal Welfare Approved pork from farmers in the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers' Association.
  • Lucas and Louisa Farrell of Big Picture Farm in Townshend, VT, won a Good Food Award for their Farmstead Chocolate Covered Caramels, confections made using Animal Welfare Approved milk from their pasture-raised dairy goats.

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