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Earth Club Election Results

The Earth Club elections for 2008-2009 are in, and here are your officers for next year:

President – Heather Williams
Vice President – Megan Smith
Treasurer – Brock Bowden
Secretary – Catherine Okafor

Congratulations to the officers-elect!

UNC Charlotte Recycling Dept. to Host Green Tour on Sept. 23rd

The Recycling Department will be providing a tour of campus highlighting UNC Charlotte’s GREEN features (first LEED building, GEMS, our composting area, Contraction and Demolition recycling collection, and other GREEN features on campus).

On Tuesday Sept 23rd at 5pm (regularly scheduled day and time for an EARTH Club meeting), we will meet at the GREENHOUSE and then board the 3 UNC Charlotte 15 passenger vans and tour the campus.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP with Kathy Boutin-Pasterz, the UNC Charlotte Recycling Coordinator, at kboutin (at) uncc (dot) edu.

Welcome to the New Semester!

Welcome to Fall ’08! Earth Club has had 3 awesome meetings so far, and our next one is tonight at 5pm in the Greenhouse on campus. Make sure you come out to the meeting tonight!

Earth Club Rocks at the Dave Matthews Band Concert in Charlotte

Earth Club spent this past Tuesday evening tabling at the Dave Matthews Band concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte. We got to hang out with awesome folks from Reverb, the Bama Green Project, and of course, the UNC-Charlotte Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling. A huge thanks goes to Josh from the Bama Green Project for including us in the EcoVillage. Here are a few pictures from the event.

The last picture is the best pic I could get of Dave Matthews. He was absolutely amazing. There will be a few more concerts at Verizon this summer for those who want to be included. Give us a shout at earth (at) uncc (dot) edu if you want to be in the loop.

Peas and carrots.

Activists Visit Bank of America HQ

Last Thursday, Earth Club members and other activists stood outside of Bank of America’s headquarters and handed out fliers to passersby. Abigail from Rainforest Action Network blogged about it.

Earth Club Needs Help With SOAR Sessions!

As you know, over the summer, UNCC has 12 Niner Night sessions for upcoming freshmen as part of their SOAR program, on Niner Night, all UNCC student organizations get the chance to show rising freshmen their student organization with a table, fliers, and anything else they want to use to reach out to the newest group of students at UNCC. If there is anyone around who would like to help with any of the Niner Night sessions with Earth Club, please let me know by emailing us at uncc.earth.club@gmail.com or emailing me at cmcameri@gmail.com. Here are the dates for the 12 Niner Night sessions:

Session 1 Thursday, June 12

Session 2 Monday, June 16

Session 3 Tuesday, June 17

Session 4 Thursday, June 19

Session 5 Monday, June 23

Session 6 Tuesday, June 24

Session 7 Thursday, June 26

Session 8 Monday, June 30

Session 9 Wednesday, July 2

Session 10 Monday, July 7

Session 11 Tuesday, July 8

Session 12 Thursday, July 10

Thank you very much for your help and continued involvement with Earth Club.

Duke Energy Shareholders Meeting Photos

Earth Club went to the Duke Energy Shareholders Meeting yesterday at Duke Energy’s headquarters in uptown Charlotte, and the turnout was amazing. The police and security folks were very nice, as long as we stayed in front of the little line, of course. Here is a press release that June Blotnick sent out from the Carolinas Clean Air Coalition:

Questions about Cliffside and Climate Change Dominate

Duke Shareholder Meeting

Charlotte, NC—Shareholders concerned about climate change, mountaintop removal of coal, health risks from air pollution and the effects of carbon legislation on Duke Energy’s Cliffside plant dominated the discussion period at Duke Energy’s Shareholder Meeting this morning. While a dozen questions were raised by shareholders inside the meeting, demonstrators gathered outside with banners, signs and literature encouraging Duke to stop construction of its Cliffside coal plant in Rutherford County.

Duke views Cliffside as its transition plant to a low-carbon future but the expanded 800 megawatt plant will emit close to 10 million tons of carbon dioxide a year for the next 50 years.

Duke shareholder Chatham Olive raised the issue of stockholder liability surrounding new coal plants given the national push for carbon regulation, the growing rate of global warming and exposure to toxics emitted by coal fired power plants.

Alice Loyd, director of NC Interfaith Power and Light, a program of the NC Council of Churches, also attended the meeting. Speaking afterward, she stated “We see our response to climate change as a moral issue. Building new coal plants that add substantial amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere contributing to global warming is not an ethical business practice.”

Environmental, public health and citizens groups call for Duke to make an immediate and massive push toward investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal to meet the energy needs of the Carolinas.

Here are the links to media coverage at the Triangle Business Journal, the Associated Press at MSNBC.com, and the Charlotte Observer.

Of course, Duke Energy knew we were coming, so they brought out the plug-in vehicle.

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