The UNC Charlotte IDEAS Center invited UNC System-wide Sustainability leaders from around the State to learn how a Sustainability Alliance can be implemented within the UNC system.
The Sustainability Alliance group convened at the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) on UNC Charlotte’s campus. The group was welcomed by Beth Hardin, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, and Phil Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management.
On November 7, 2013, the Mecklengburg County had the annual Air Quality Forum at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Barnhardt Student Activity Center. The IDEAS Center and EAO director, Regina Guyer, spoke about an air quality resource you. The forum also included the special guest speaker, Marcus Hackler, from the Lane Construction Corporation to speak from an industry perspective about managing compliance. Many other speakers were there including Jason Rayfield, R. Scott Davis, Jeff Francis, Mike Abraczinskas, Megan Green and Chuck Greco.
The 2013 NCAir Awareness Appreciation Luncheon recognized Regina Guyer, the Exective Director of the Environmental Assistance Office (EAO), and Karyn Williamson-Coria, the Admin Support Specialist, for their outreach efforcts and campus/employee collaboration-building to raise awareness about what individuals and entities can do to combat Ozone Pollution in Charlotte.
On October 15, 2013, UNC Charlotte shared its sustainability initiatives with the Duke Energy sustainability team. The Duke Energy team began at the IDEAS Center for a Welcome and Summary with Regina Guyer, Executive Director of the Environmental Assistance Office and Associate Director of the IDEAS Center and Dr. Sandra Clinton, Associate Director of the IDEAS Center.
UNC Charlotte Race to the Beach participation on the LYNX rail!
August 8, 2013
This summer, the IDEAS Center has facilitated UNC Charlotte's participation in the NCAir Awareness Clean Commute Challenge! If you ride the LYNX rail, you may see our UNC Charlotte logo as participants in the RACE! We are also showcased in the Charlotte Chamber CONNECT magazine in July and August, 2013! Go 49ers! To sign up go to www.racetothebeach.com !
The IDEAS Center 2013 summer ozone reduction raffle winners were Brian Capron, Venture program; Nora Miller, Cashier’s Office; Melissa Peterson, Graduate School; and Linda Thurman, academic advising; were the weekly winners of the IDEAS Center’s Air Quality Summer Raffles for June. These participants dined on campus and helped Charlotte ozone levels by not driving during the heat of the day.
Sam Eneman, Center for Teaching and Learning, won the June drawing for filling up on gas before 6:30 am or after 7pm.
IDEAS Center participates in NCAir Awareness' 'Race to the Beach'! and offers ozone reduction incentive raffles!
June 3, 2013
UNC Charlotte Employees can win a FREE beach trip this summer!
(From INSIDE UNC Charlotte) For the third consecutive summer, the University’s Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Office (IDEAS) Center will hold summer raffles to encourage faculty and staff members to reduce pollution on Air Quality Action Days.
The North Carolina Division of Air Quality uses a color code system to identify ozone conditions when the air quality is unhealthy for children, active adults and those with heart or respiratory disease, such as asthma.
Associate director of the IDEAS Center Regina Guyer at UNC Charlotte was honored by Sustain Charlotte as the outstanding educator of 2013. Sustain Charlotte is a non profit organization formed in 2010 to encourage sustainable practices in and around the charlotte area. Mrs. Guyer often visits k-12 schools to encourage children of all ages to think sustainably.
The Academic Affairs Office has awarded $10,000 to the IDEAS Center for the development of the Sustainability, Energy and Environmental (SEE) Internship program. Regina Guyer, the Associate Director of the IDEAS Center and the Executive Director of the Environmental Assistance Office, has developed the Sustainability, Energy and Environmental (SEE) Internship program to provide individuals within UNC Charlotte’s urban university engagement in understanding the environmental issues and how they affect each of us, involvement with projects to increase the applicability of the prin
Read Inside Charlotte's article about the IDEAS Center's Environmental Assistance Office participation in the NC Air Awarenss summer initiative 'Race to the Beach'! Eighteen UNC Charlotte employees chose to “clean commute” to work (carpool, bus, LYNX, walk, bike, telecommute or compressed work days) at least 16 times to be eligible for the contest. These “racers” helped save more than $15,000 worth of gas, 94,000 commuter miles drive and 48 tons of air pollution. They also assisted raising awareness about air pollution challenges in the Charlotte area.
Environmental Assistance Office participates in Sustainability Week!
November 2, 2012
Students from the Environmental Assistance Office participate in a Free Gas Cap Check during UNC Charlotte Sustainability Week. Commuters braved the cold snap to stop by our Gas Cap Check Station provided to us by PaTS, on their way to work on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. A leaky gas cap can emit 30 gallons of gas into the atmosphere a year! The Environmental Assistance Office works with the UNC Charlotte Air Action Team to help the University with strategies to raise awarenss and change behavior to improve Charlotte Air Quality
The IDEAS Center, the Environmental Assistance Office, the Facilities Management's Office of Sustainability and PaTS are sponsoring a FREE Gas Cap Check on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Lot 6 from 7:30 - 9:00 am. Come by to make sure your Gas Cap fits correctly and you are not leaking gas into the environment!
IDEAS Center Faculty Fellows Thomas Gentry and Rob Cox in the news.
October 12, 2012
Read about UNC Charlotte professors Dr. Thomas Gentry (School of Architecture) and Dr. Rob Cox (College of Engineering) and their $8 million project to weatherize 800 low-income homes in North Carolina. The project SWIFT (Streamlined Weatherization Improvements for Tomorrow) is being funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. (p 18 in the UNC Charlotte fall issue entitled, EPIC Opportunity)
Dr. Daniels, a UNC Charlotte faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Deptartment explains the importance of coal fly ash research in this video. Dr. Daniels is part of the faculty research team of the IDEAS Center's Environmental Assistance Office. The IDEAS Center, through the EAO, has partnered with the Water and Sewer Authroity of Cabarrus County (WSACC) along with Dr. Daniels and Chris Hardin (both featured in the video) as well as Dr.
Charlotte Teachers Institute Sustainability in Charlotte and Beyond
October 3, 2012
Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) is an initiative designed to strengthen teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools by cultivating content-knowledge, creativity, leadership skills, and collaboration within and among Charlotte's public school teachers. The Exploding Canons series engage and educate CMS teachers and the community on various topics through multi-disciplinary lenses. The next installment of the series will be Exploding Canons: Sustainability in Charlotte and Beyond. For more information and to register
Thursday, September 27th
9:00am - 10:30am
CHHS 128 (College of Health & Human Services Building)
9:00 - Refreshments and Networking
9:30 - Remarks by David Young, IDEAS Center Director and Introduction of Thematic Area Leaders
10:00 - Open Discussions on your interests and how you can get involved
Regina Guyer will be speaking on Wednesday, October 3 at the Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) http://weftec.org/ in New Orleans on "Effective Communications to Enhance Sustainable Behaviors in Preventing SSOs within Multifamily Housing and Latino Populations." The complete F.O.G.
Read about the IDEAS Center and the Environmental Assistance office in the 2008 UNC Charlotte LEE College of Engineering Alumni Newsletter. Featured are the EAO Executive Director Regina Guyer and the EAO partnership with Mecklenburg County Air Quality Division and Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department; professor emeritus and former IDEAS Director and Founder Helene Hilger and her Sustainable Design class; UNC Charlotte Dr. Brett Tempest and his fly ash research; UNC Charlotte's Dr.