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College Solar Vehicle Teams Drive Sustainable Transport Forward in Region

App state's solar vehicle

Harnessing Solar in Appalachia Intro: Harnessing Solar Seeking Opportunities in Solar Rules of the Solar Game: Policies can create a level playing field or stack the deck Former Coal Company Town Integrates Energy Efficiency and Solar College Solar Vehicle Teams

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Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Two female students holding signs that say "Keep our school green"

Carbon offset programs provide a way for those concerned about their environmental impact to support projects that capture carbon in the atmosphere. These projects can also provide benefits to local communities.

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Art Exhibit Raises Awareness of New River

An new art exhibit raises awareness about water quality issues facing the New River. It is on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, N.C., through July 29.

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Serving residents by saving energy

Students at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. spent a recent Saturday volunteering with Appalachian Voices and others to give two local homes an energy efficiency boost. The work was part of the school’s 18th annual MLK Challenge. “They caught energy leaks I knew nothing about,” said Faith Wright of Vilas, N.C., who was grateful for the volunteer energy of what she called the “student worker bees.”

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Lighting up the night with the Daylight Savings Challenge

Watauga County resident Lydia Head with volunteers Sarah Merlotte and Hannah Emery (not pictured: Taylor Petty) Photo: Katie Kienbaum

To make this winter a little easier for folks in Boone, N.C. facing high energy bills, Appalachian Voices devised the Daylight Savings Challenge. Five student volunteers helped us distribute energy efficient LED light bulbs to seniors. All together, the project should save the residents at least $280 a year. That translates to about 1.75 tons of coal that won’t get burned and more than four tons of carbon dioxide pollution that won’t contribute to climate change

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Maison Reciprocity Takes on Europe

By Kelsey Boyajian Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon team is hammering away in preparation for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 to be held in Versailles, France this summer. ASU will be pairing with Universite d’Angers for the project, dubbed Maison

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Patricia Beaver: Pioneer Appalachian Scholar Retires

By Rachel Ellen Simon Patricia Beaver may not be a household name in all circles, but mention her name in a group of Appalachian scholars, and everyone will have a story to share. Beaver has been a leading scholar in

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Duking It Out: CEO Retires, Rates Increase and other shorts

By Matt Grimley Under a proposed settlement with the N.C. Utilities Commission and the N.C. Public Staff, Duke Energy President and CEO Jim Rogers will retire from his positions at the end of 2013. The agreement, announced late November, would

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Massive VA Forest Fire Does Little Permanent Damage

By Anna Norwood High winds and low humidity were the perpetrators in starting multiple wildfires in southeast Virginia that burned almost 40,000 acres of national forest in April. The Fire and Aviation Supervisor for the George Washington and Jefferson National

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By The Numbers

78%: Voters nationwide who support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to hold polluters accountable. 170: Votes against environmental protection in the House of Representatives since the beginning of 2011 1,048.3 million: Number of short tons of coal the U.S.

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