Environmentally Speaking

One of the best ways to learn how to tackle an environmental challenge is to hear from others who have successfully overcome similar challenges. That was the main theme of the 2016 Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference at the Wilmington Convention Center.  Manufacturing companies in North and South Carolina attended the two-day conference this month to hear how other industries have successfully reduced or eliminated the waste they send to the landfill. The event was organized by the state environmental agency and co-hosted by the Carolina Recycling Association.

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A park ranger from Hanging Rock State Park is making a difference in communities across North Carolina through DEQ’s environmental education program. Darius Pollard completed the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program offered by DEQ, which he began as an AmeriCorps member at New River State Park in Ashe County. 

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Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart talks about his experience as part of the N.C. Competes for Jobs Tour in a letter to the Richmond County Daily Journal. He described the McCrory administration’s commitment to protecting the environment while creating jobs and making North Carolina even more business-friendly. To read the letter, click here: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/letters/26139/letter-mccrory-administration-grows-jobs-while-protecting-environment

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In light of the Flint crisis, a DEQ expert explains how the state environmental agency ensures that North Carolinians have clean drinking water. Read about it in the Salisbury Post op-ed from Linda Culpepper, deputy director of DEQ’s Division of Water Resources. To read the article, click here: http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/03/23/state-tests-for-lead-in-nc-water/

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