Environment

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

When people think about Carrboro, a lot of people and places come to mind. Now, the town is working hard to ensure a certain color comes to mind: green. “If there is any place that can adopt the radical changes that climate change calls for today, I think that it’s Carrboro,” said Alderman Sammy Slade. “And we can hopefully be… Read more →

Medicine drop prioritizes town safety

Medicine drop prioritizes town safety

Carrboro residents and community members dropped off old prescription drugs all afternoon and into the evening on Sept. 25. Operation Medicine Drop, which was organized by the Carrboro Police Department and sponsored by the State Bureau of Investigation and Safe Kids North Carolina, ran from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons on West Main Street. Operation Medicine… Read more →

Carrboro gets psyched to go solar

Carrboro gets psyched to go solar

Almost 12 years ago, Carrboro resident Randee Haven-O’Donnell had an idea: installing solar panels on the homes in her cul-de-sac. Unfortunately for Haven-O’Donnell, the unfavorable orientation of the houses combined with the lack of suitable technology and cost-effective methods prevented her from pursuing this alternative energy option. Haven-O’Donnell is a certified environmental educator, and she now serves on Carrboro’s Board… Read more →

Local Carrboro businesses join bike-friendly program

Local Carrboro businesses join bike-friendly program

As March rolls in, so do the applications for the Bike-Friendly Business Program in Carrboro. The program is relatively new, created by a bicycle advocacy group named the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition. The program’s purpose is to recognize businesses that encourage cycling in the community. There are many ways and varying degrees by which the businesses can get involved. Several businesses… Read more →

Weaver Street grant installs elementary greenhouse

Weaver Street grant installs elementary greenhouse

Thanks in part to a grant from the Weaver Street Market Cooperative Community Fund, Kim Daniel and Jennifer Carson from Grady A. Brown Elementary School are able to install a new greenhouse for the students. The new greenhouse is a replacement for a greenhouse purchased in 1995, with money from a Piedmont Electric grant. Kim Daniel, the first grade teacher… Read more →

Annual cleanup project in Carrboro was a success

Annual cleanup project in Carrboro was a success

Who knew beer bottles, empty sushi containers, foam cups and old pairs of shoes littered Carrboro? Julie Collins, recreation supervisor for Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department, did, and she organized volunteers for the annual NC Big Sweep to do something about the problem. “You’ll be surprised by the amount of trash you’ll find,” she told volunteers gathered in the Carrboro… Read more →

Annual cleanup project coming to Carrboro

Annual cleanup project coming to Carrboro

Efforts to keep Carrboro clean will be showcased during the city’s annual NC Big Sweep event on October 12th. NC Big Sweep is a statewide program committed to keeping the environment clean.  Over the past few years, Carrboro has adopted this initiative to keep its area and streams litter-free. “We have sort of transitioned over the last three years into… Read more →