Between Main Street’s flowering trees and the patchwork facades of historic buildings, the Shute Family Parking Garden provides about 60 parking spaces for downtown Monroe, N.C. Soon, the parking garden will become even more green when the city installs its first electric vehicle charging station.
Columbus County, NC, high school students learn skills while building bed frames for Hurricane Matthew victims
Amid the sawdust and hum of power tools, students at East Columbus High School in Lake Waccamaw, N.C., are helping rebuild their community.
Students built 50 wooden bed frames in their classroom workshop for Columbus County residents whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The October 2016 storm started in Florida and moved up the coast, killing nearly 50 people and damaging more than 100,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina.
In rural Columbus County, flooding caused the most damage in Fair Bluff, a town about an hour from the coast.
Charlotte, N.C., likes to be known as the City of Trees, but keeping that name requires a lot of work because development and aging trees are threats to the city's tree canopy. So the city decided in 2011 to cover half of Charlotte with trees by 2050. Doing that requires planting 500,000 trees.
In a unique partnership, Duke Energy is working closely with environmentalists, community leaders, business owners and government officials in Asheville, N.C., to produce an energy efficiency plan specifically designed to delay the need for a new electricity generating unit.
Duke Energy has committed to close a half-century-old, coal-fired power plant in Asheville in 2019 – and replace it with a cleaner, natural gas-fired power plant, consisting of two generating units.