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PRESERVING OUR BLUE RIDGE SCENERY

We knocked on tens of thousands of doors to shine a spotlight on a hidden provision in the state budget that prevented land conservation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lawmakers removed the prohibition in their 2012-2013 budget, and began to restore devastating cuts to land conservation programs.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

10 Ways to Help Your City Go Solar

Last month's Shining Cities report detailed how cities are good for solar and solar is good for cities. We've seen some impressive strides across the nation to momentously expand our solar capabilities. But we're not where we need to be yet. To obtain a clean energy future your cities and towns need to do even more. Here's how to push them in the right direction! 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Lessons for NC coast to learn as Gulf communities still suffer five years later

Raleigh, NC – Gulf communities and wildlife are still reeling from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to "Deepwater Horizon: An Ongoing Environmental Disaster,” a factsheet released by the Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. Today marks the five-year anniversary of the disaster, when a British Petroleum oil rig exploded and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The leak continued for 87 days, when emergency workers were finally able to cap the well.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Deepwater Horizon: An Ongoing Environmental Disaster

The BP Deepwater Horizon blowout took a massive toll on our environment and the region’s wildlife and communities. For three months after the initial explosion, millions of gallons of crude oil and thousands of tons of methane spewed from the sea floor. Eleven people were killed and dozens more injured. Five years later, we are still suffering from the effects.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Raleigh earns berth in “sweet sixteen” for solar power

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 13th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Oak City’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind Albuquerque and ahead of Sacramento, is a result of a significant growth of rooftop solar in the city.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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