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Queen’s Creek Elementary goes Greener

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Queen’s Creek Elementary School, located in Swansboro, NC, is once again being recognized as an NC Green School of Excellence and we can congratulate them by helping them fund their next project that will expand their environmental efforts, provide an even brighter future for their students both now and in the future, and provide an opportunity for other schools in NC to learn how to follow in their footsteps.

The school is currently collecting donations to support their NC GreenPower Solar School Pilot Program.  Students and staff are grateful for the support from NC GreenPower and SECU who recently invested 2/3 of the funding needed for the project.  NC Green Power is located in Raleigh, NC and is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of our state’s environment by connecting consumers with green energy and carbon offset providers. Since the program started in 2003, NC GreenPower supported have provided more than 450 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy right here in NC and have mitigated nearly 14,500 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases through carbon offset projects.

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Please join Coastinista in donating to the Queen’s Creek Elementary Solar Project (link below).  Not only will this help reduce energy use, but more importantly, this program provides teacher training to incorporate this program into their lessons while connecting with the NC Standard Course of Study and allowing for other schools in the area to learn as well during potential teacher workshops and student inquiry programs. “Additionally, having experience with solar energy at a young age allows our students to develop the mindsets needed for a more sustainable world in the future.” – Cathy Dalimante, School Assistant Principal

Queen’s Creek Elementary is already one of Onslow’s top recycling schools and has developed further programs to not only reduce waste, but make sure that more is being captured for recycling programs that address nontraditional materials for recycling through a program called TerraCycle.  Several grade levels at QCE attend tours of the local landfill and recycle centers to further their student’s education and awareness of proper waste disposal, waste reduction, recycling, and the environmental impacts of marine debris.  They also promote the Ocean Friendly Establishments program to area businesses through student and teacher letters that provide detailed information on how we all benefit from a clean community environment.

Help them Fund their Solar Project Here

Waste Reduction Wednesday: Carolina Recycling Association

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Happy #WasteReductionWednesday!

Today I thought I would talk a little about one of my favorite professional associations that I have been a member of for over 11 years.  The Carolina Recycling Association was recommended to me when I started my career in resource management by a colleague.  I went to my first #CRA conference back in 2004 and was blown away by the wealth of knowledge that surrounded me and I immediately aspired to not only learn as much as I could, but to progress in a way that would make me a waste reduction and recycling leader as well.  After a few conferences and many hours of study in-between, I found myself a CRA conference speaker on several occasions, workshop host, planning committee member, board member, and in 2014 I was honored with the sought after Recycler of the Year Award.

It has been a pleasure and privilege to work amongst such a well-educated, hard-working, and dedicated group of environmental heroes.  Most folks don’t know how much work goes into recycling, waste reduction efforts, and proper resource management infrastructure in local communities.  We put our cart at the street and it magically gets managed.  Carolina Recycling Association members are the folks that work day and night making these efforts possible while also spreading the knowledge of the importance not only to the environment, but also to the local economy.

Here is a brief summary of what the CRA is all about:

The mission of the Carolina Recycling Association is to conserve resources by advancing recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolinas (North, South, and beyond).

The overall goal of the CRA is to promote waste reduction recycling of marketable/recyclable materials in the Carolinas.

The members, including myself, of CRA recognize that:

Recycling reduces the weight and volume, and therefore cost, of waste to be disposed and reintroduces into the economy materials previously considered without value.

Recycling supports manufacturing.  Production of everything from steel to glass, paper, packaging, automobile and construction products, and textiles are made from recycled material in the Carolinas.

Recycling creates jobs and business opportunities.  It is one of the most consistently growing sectors of the economy in the Carolinas.

Recycling helps reduce the need for new landfills.  The growth in recycling has helped increase landfill capacity in NC from 20 to 32 years.

Recycling allows citizens to contribute to environmental solutions.  Through the simple act of recycling, Carolinians save water and energy, prevent pollution, protect habitats, and conserve valuable resources.

Recycling improves the quality of life in Carolina communities.

Carolina Recycling Association Objectives:

Education: CRA uses workshops, networking meetings, and the Annual Conference to spread the knowledge and skills of recycling professionals and experts, as well as educating members on new technologies and programs that will benefit their businesses and communities.

Public-Private Partnerships: CRA develops broad-based community alliances throughout the Carolinas and beyond, to achieve sustainable community improvement in recycling and waste reduction methods.

Board and Council Action: By engaging Board Members and Councils, we extend the reach of our educational activities and increase the impact of our efforts.

To learn more or to sign up to be a CRA member or supporter, please go to www.cra-recycle.org

Blue skies, calm seas, and don’t forget to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,

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