Green Energy http://wunc.org en State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies http://wunc.org/post/state-develops-online-ems-training-handling-green-vehicle-emergencies <p></p><p>As more alternative fuel vehicles take to the roadways, North Carolina is working to prepare first responders how to react when they're part of an emergency.</p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://ncsc.ncsu.edu/">NC Solar Center</a> has worked with the State Fire Marshall's office to develop a workshop for emergency services personnel in the Triangle. Soon, responders in other parts of the state will be able to complete the training online. They'll learn to identify gas, biofuel and battery-operated vehicles.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:47:22 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37347 at http://wunc.org State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies Govt. Contractors Feel The Sting Of The Shutdown http://wunc.org/post/govt-contractors-feel-sting-shutdown <p></p><p>Employees who work for government contractors are among those who are not working during the shutdown.&nbsp;</p><p>Federal agencies contract out duties from on-site cafeterias to janitorial services.&nbsp; Tony Marshall is president and CEO of a company in Raleigh called Innovative Systems Group, which had an $852,437 contract with the Environmental Protection Agency to run a green shuttle service at its campus in Durham.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:13:52 +0000 Will Michaels 23540 at http://wunc.org Govt. Contractors Feel The Sting Of The Shutdown Power Companies Won't Meet Pig Poop Electricity Mandate http://wunc.org/post/power-companies-wont-meet-pig-poop-electricity-mandate <p>Back in 2007, North Carolina passed the first renewable energy mandate in the Southeast. The new rules say that by the end of this year at least three percent of all electricity needs to come from green sources. The power companies say they'll easily meet that, but they're going to come up short on two fronts. The law includes a provision for electricity from poultry waste and hog manure. The utilities say they can't meet either one of those terms.<br><br><strong>Asma Khalid:</strong> The mandate dictates that by the end of 2012, .07 percent of electricity needs to come from pig poop. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Asma Khalid 2308 at http://wunc.org Power Companies Won't Meet Pig Poop Electricity Mandate Duke Study: Burning Trees Not Carbon Neutral http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-burning-trees-not-carbon-neutral <p>In recent years, wood burning has gained popularity as a carbon neutral alternative to fossil fuels. But new research from Duke University suggests it's not as green as it seems.<br><br><strong>Asma Khalid: </strong>We all know trees absorb carbon dioxide. So, the thought is that when you burn wood, you're transferring already-existing carbon from trees into the air. And that carbon is ingested by new trees. True. But, that takes a really long time. Plus, burning wood releases less energy, so you need to burn more of it.<br>Steve Mitchell is the lead scientist on the study.<br> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Asma Khalid 2391 at http://wunc.org Apple To Build Large Fuel Cell To Power N.C. Data Center http://wunc.org/post/apple-build-large-fuel-cell-power-nc-data-center <p>Apple Incorporated has the go-ahead to provide power for its new data center in western North Carolina.<br> Fri, 25 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2446 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Greener Hospitals http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-greener-hospitals <p>This week we’re examining the health care system and asking whether it actually promotes good health. Today, we look at health care facilities themselves. From toxic chemicals and medical waste, to round-the-clock energy and water use, the way hospitals are built and maintained can have serious effects on the patients inside and on the environment beyond. So as the population ages and hospital construction booms, the health care industry is examining the central creed of medicine "to do no harm" and applying it the environment too. Thu, 11 Oct 2007 13:39:00 +0000 Katy Barron 17098 at http://wunc.org