Sustainability at The Wildlife Society’s 23rd Annual Conference

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The North Carolina TWS Chapter has partnered with NC GreenPower to support their Solar Schools Pilot Program.

Why? Our objective is to do something to address the environmental impacts of our conference, given that TWS members work to conserve wildlife, threatened by global warming. Even though NC GreenPower is not a national organization, reducing emissions anywhere has a globally positive impact.

Each registrant will have the option to donate to NC GreenPower upon submission of their conference registration form. NC GreenPower will also be accepting donations at their exhibit booth in the Members Activity Center throughout the conference. Or click below to donate now.

 

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How much we reduce our impact depends on you

Please consider giving a donation of $5 to $10, or more. If everyone donates we will reach our goal of a $10,000 donation, 100 percent of which will go to the NC GreenPower Solar Schools Pilot Program to fund one solar demonstration system.

A benefit of partnering with NC GreenPower is that they are a non-profit and as such do not have large overhead costs. This in turn makes our dollars go farther because they increase the amount of renewable energy in North Carolina at a lower cost than a for profit company.

About NC GreenPower

NC GreenPower renewable energy (RE) projects purchase RE credits from homeowners and businesses that run on solar, for example. In NC the owner must pay all costs (minus tax incentives) of an RE system, which can be very expensive. Without a financial incentive many RE systems would never be installed. Purchasing the RE credits helps to pay for the cost of the installation, like rooftop solar, making them possible. If you can’t afford to install RE for your home, donating to NC Green Power is a great way to increase the amount of RE in the state.

NC Green Power reduces greenhouse gas emissions by paying companies who otherwise do not have a financial incentive, to capture emissions, such as methane. NC Green Power uses carbon offset donations to purchase carbon credits from projects like methane capture at a landfill in the Piedmont or hog lagoons on the Coastal Plain.

The Solar Schools Pilot Program

The program’s mission is to raise awareness and educate students about renewable energy. NCGP funds the installation of solar energy demonstration projects on school premises (3-5kW photovoltaic systems), supplies monitoring equipment and provides an accompanying curriculum for students. This renewable energy curriculum is now available to all students across the state. Schools that would otherwise not be able to afford a solar system and are in economically disadvantaged areas are eligible for these grant funds. The demonstration systems provide a small amount of the school’s power needs.

Find out more at www.ncgreenpower.org/solar-schools-pilot

2015 Solar Schools Projects Selected:

  • C.E. Jordan High School, Durham County
  • East Columbus High School, Columbus County
  • Meadowview Magnet Middle School, Surry County
  • New Bern High School, Craven County

2016 Solar Schools Projects Selected:

  • Carolina International School, Public Charter School located in Cabarrus County
  • Central Park School for Children, Durham County
  • Mt. Pleasant High School: Academy for Energy and Sustainability, Cabarrus County
  • NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham County
  • Queens Creek Elementary, Onslow County

Your donation will help to add to the number of schools on the list for 2017!