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36575
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A passion for helping others gain technical skills and engage in sustainability efforts encouraged this non-profit organization, in partnership with its CyberPals program, to sell computers to individuals with disabilities. Others services offered are volunteers teaching computer classes and scholarship assistance with paying for the computer.
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36564
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The author defined GMOs’ complexity by examining their crisis inducing potential, illustrated by incidents such as an increase in gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, and infertility. People may counter the crisis by endorsing crop variety, advocating small-scale farmers, increasing local food production and consumption, and decreasing fertilizer use. Until the crisis passes, the author recommended avoiding GMOs by growing foods and purchasing certified organic foods. As for the difference between non-GMO and organic, Figart noted organic foods do not contain GMOs and are not exposed to pesticides.
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36558
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For homeowners, renters, and business owners wanting a healthier and eco-friendly interior environment, Green Gauge, created by the Western North Carolina Building Council, can fulfill both goals. Actions recommended: use energy and water usage wisely, improve indoor air quality, and use sustainable building and landscaping materials. Benefits include lower utility bills, a reduction of carbon footprint, and increased home value.
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36556
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Bee Branch Farm’s owner expresses a personal investment and interest in Sandy Mush’s farmland conservation efforts. Contributions of this native, ninth generation farmer and former high English teacher, include the Northwest Buncombe County Farm Heritage Trail and her farm’s production of vegetables and honey applying organic practices.
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36453
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The newly created office aimed to assure its sustained place by playing a role in sustaining the environment. Two years later, post-implementation of its Sustainability Management Plan, the department had lived up to its promise of sustainability. The city, partnering with local environmental groups, had reduced its carbon footprint by nearly thirty percent, through eco-friendly practices related to fuel, electricity, water system improvement, and recycling.
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36456
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Joining sustainability efforts is the nonprofit American Chestnut Foundation. Factors assuring their sustainability success included partnerships with universities possessing cutting edge technological tools, a successful breeding program at Meadowview Research Farms, and advocacy of volunteers and members known familiarly as “chestnutters.”
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38203
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The shift from agrarian to urban, which started to occur over a century ago, is doubling back on itself in the growing number of people who are becoming farmers. As for today’s Davidson College students, many welcome spending as much time outside engaged in farm labor as inside listening to lectures. It’s a departure from the typical 19th century student’s reaction to the farm labor part of Davidson College’s curriculum: rebellion.
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38222
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Defining Warren Wilson College as a progressive higher education institution: offering the most LGBTQ- friendly college environment in the state; placing a great value on sustainability; and proximity to Asheville. Perhaps making Warren Wilson truly progressive is its efforts to find middle ground by attracting students representing the spectrum of political beliefs, geographical origins, and life experiences.
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40635
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One of Cecil Staton’s accomplishments during his chancellorship was implementing a plan to transform East Carolina University into a campus that advocates ecological sustainability. The plan, to be implemented between 2017-2022, contains these initiatives in the areas of climate change mitigation, academics and research, campus grounds, and materials management.
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40700
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Most people do not realize that the food they may throw out of their car to sit on the roadside can have dire consequences for wildlife. It can create a chain reaction that results in the death or injury of wildlife.
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Laurel of Asheville (NoCar F 264 A8 L28), Vol. 14 Issue 10, , p84-85
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41154
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The Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture nonprofit organization is dedicated to strengthening local food systems by supporting female growers and attempting to connect consumers to their food sources.
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Laurel of Asheville (NoCar F 264 A8 L28), Vol. 14 Issue 10, , p121
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41181
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Largely due to their appearance, opossums are seen as worthless vermin. In all actuality, however, it is quite the opposite. Opossums are mostly immune to diseases, such as rabies, and eat up animals like beetles, snails, rodents, slugs, and roadkill. These smart and useful animals should be encouraged, and not feared.
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41229
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As one of the few mammals that doesn’t hibernate in the winter, foxes are active and largely nocturnal. While seeing a fox is not a cause of alarm, as long as a respectful distance is kept, if persistent sightings cause the viewer worry or distress, the a visit to the NC Wildlife Resources commission website or a call to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge can be useful.
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41264
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Over the course of several decades and multiple essays, author Wendell Berry has outlined environmental plans for switching from industrialized agriculture to independent and local farmers and manufacturers.
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41268
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The Energy Savers Network is a new organization that helps reduce carbon footprints by building energy efficient homes.
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Laurel of Asheville (NoCar F 264 A8 L28), Vol. 15 Issue 4, April 2018, p78-79