The Pale Blue Dot Revisited (30th Anniversary) - photo credit NASA-JPL

Carl Sagan wrote in his in his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever... read more

Now that Spooky Season has come to an end, Turkey Season is upon us! But what about poor Pumpkin Season? If you have a pile of abandoned Jack O’ Lanterns and are not keeping your pumpkins for Harvest decorations, we recommend the following sustainable ways to repurpose your pumpkins: The easiest – leave your pumpkin with the top off... read more

October 16th– October 22nd was Stormwater Awareness week. This is a regional effort to raise stormwater awareness throughout our community. Typically, the week consists of public education campaigns through various forms of media as well as activities and events relating directly to stormwater. This year our office chose to educate the public through a series of daily video releases.... read more

NC Highways Historical Marker for PCB landfill protests in Afton, North Carolina. Source: Indy beetle, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.

With the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) recent establishment of its Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, it’s a good time for a brief check-in on what Environmental Justice is and what the movement is working on. The term “Environmental Justice” has been in use since the 1980s to describe the movement to relieve the disparate pollution... read more

Tool storage idea

As the warm months draw to a close, and the light of day grows shorter, now is the time to give your tools some TLC. Tool maintenance is an important process for the longevity and usability of the tools, and while it should be done regularly, it is often overlooked during the busy months. Here are the basics... read more


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