|volume 8, issue 1|
“Start by doing what is
— St. Francis of Assisi
Going Green Publications
Tips and Resources
Becoming more eco-friendly and learning to “go green” is a gradual process. Make one small change every week and you’ll be making a difference to your community and our planet before you know it.
Sources for Native Plants
Add some native perennials to your garden: they’re beautiful, they come back year after year, they support bees and other pollinators, and they require little or no watering once established. When you visit your favorite local nursery, ask whether they carry native plants.
There are local nurseries that offer natives, and some that sell them exclusively. Visit the nursery list provided by the NC Native Plant Society for companies that sell natives. The nearest to Wilmington are “My Garden” Plants company and Shelton Herb Farm. To learn more about supporting pollinators in your yard, visit http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/pollinators/.
Planting for Monarchs
Learn about plants native to your area, and how biodiversity matters. A fun place to start is with this video of Doug Tallamy’s talk on “Bringing Nature Home” explaining biodiversity and how our gardening choices can support wildlife.
Historic public garden providing cultural and environmental education.
American Institute of Architects – Wilmington Section
Continuing education seminars to members as well as public outreach to educate the public.
Audubon North Carolina – Cape Fear Audubon Society
To conserve and restore natural ecosystems within our region, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and North Carolina’s biological diversity.
Protects and preserves the natural environment of the Smith Island complex. The Conservancy offers educational programs throughout the year — weekly during the summer season — to educate visitors about Bald Head Island’s unique environment.
Brunswick Beekeepers Association
Established chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association. Receive personal advice from beekeepers in the local community to learn beekeeping and to stay up-to-date on successful beekeeping methods.
Brunswick Community College
Offers Associate in Applied Science Degrees in horticulture and in aquaculture technology. BCC’s 2+2 agreement with UNCW enables BCC Aquaculture Technology students to transfer aquaculture coursework into UNCW’s B.S. Marine Biology program.
Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office
Information resource for residents of Brunswick County.
Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative
BEMC is North Carolina’s fastest growing electric cooperative with over 62,000 customers.
The Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration is a nonprofit partnership of organizations and individuals created in 2006 to realize a vision for the Cape Fear Arch region where man’s and nature’s needs are properly balanced. Their mission is to develop and implement a community conservation vision to build awareness, protection and stewardship of the region’s important resources.
Cape Fear Beginning Farmers Guild
Cape Fear Beginning Farmers Guild is a group to inspire and empower beginning farmers through educational and technical support. Beginning and aspiring farmers are combining their talents and skills to grow a new generation of sustainable agrarians.
Cape Fear Citizens for a Safe Environment
Organized to fight the building of Hugo Neu landfill, now encouraging legislation to strengthen landfill regulations in North Carolina.
Cape Fear Cyclists
The information hub for Southeastern cyclists.
Cape Fear Community College (CFCC)
Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC)
CFEDC is an all-volunteer endeavor promoting innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship as essential to successful local economic growth, regional competitiveness, and jobs and income generation.
Cape Fear Green Building Alliance (CFGBA)
Promotes the construction of environmentally responsible, profitable, healthy places to live and work.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Oldest museum in North Carolina tells stories of the region’s history, science and cultures through exhibition and educational programs.
Cape Fear Regional Beekeepers Association
Newly-formed chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association. Receive personal advice from beekeepers in the local community to learn beekeeping and to stay up-to-date on successful beekeeping.
Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development
Cape Fear RC&D works cooperatively with individuals and groups to improve social, economic and environmental conditions, thereby enhancing the quality of life in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties.
Cape Fear River Watch
Environmental education, advocacy and action for the Lower Cape Fear River basin.
Carolina Bird Club
The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization which represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its official website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships.
Carolina Butterfly Society
Carolina Butterfly Society emphasizes identifying and watching butterflies in the field and garden rather than collecting them. They organize butterflying field trips to the various biogeographic regions of the Carolinas. They offer advice on butterfly gardening, encourage photography and record-keeping, provide fact sheets for outdoor educators, sponsor gardening workshops, and collect data for conservation use.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s mission is to promote local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers. Produces Carolina Guide to Local & Organic Food.
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. CEFS is one of the nation’s largest centers for the study of environmentally sustainable farming practices.
City of Wilmington Stormwater Services
Maintains and improves the City's stormwater drainage system for the protection of the community and the environment. Provides comprehensive stormwater management that takes into account both the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff. Stormwater education, outreach, and public involvement are important components of this mission.
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) - Cape Fear Chapter
The purpose of Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.
Coastal Plain Conservation Group
CPCG provides property owners and managers in southeastern North Carolina with ecosytem research, conservation education, and habitat management, with emphasis on longleaf pine, pocossin, and bottomland hardwood swamp habitats. CPCG is working to prevent extinction of two critically rare species of freshwater snails endemic to North Carolina.
Coastal Water Watch
Coastal Water Watch is an organization focused on improving and protecting water quality in Brunswick County, NC through education, advocacy and action.
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
CTNC conserves land to provide clean air, safe drinking water, fresh local foods, and parks and trails. CTNC works with landowners, local land trusts, communities, and government agencies to save streams, forests, farms, parks, and scenic vistas.
Nonprofit works to educate people about the importance of forests and the negative environmental impacts of business as usual paper production. Having achieved systemic change throughout the paper industry through public campaigns against office super stores--the largest retail paper sellers in the U.S.--they are now addressing protection for Southern forests and forests all over the world.
Organizers of the Lower Cape Fear Celebration of Earth Day.
Electric Vehicle Automobile Association (EVAA) – Coastal Carolinas / Wilmington
Local chapter provides e-mail of current developments and legislation
Environment North Carolina
This is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. The professional staff combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for North Carolina's environment.
Feast Down East, also known as Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems (SENCFS), is a partnership of public and private institutions and agencies among six counties along and adjoining the I-74 corridor east of I-95. The SENCFS includes both rural and urban counties in order to maximize market opportunities and profits from the sales of local farm products for both local and regional markets.
Friends of Mountains to Sea Trail
The Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) of North Carolina is a 935+ mile trail consisting of footpaths, roads, and state bike routes. Friends of MST’s efforts are underway so that one day a complete foot trail will reach across the state, from the Mountains to the Sea.
Friends of the Lower Cape Fear, Inc.
A group of local citizens has created a web site to provide information about Titan America’s plans to build the 4th largest cement plant in the nation, along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River, just outside of Wilmington, NC. Friends of the Lower Cape Fear opposes this proposed cement plant because of the environmental impacts it will have to this coastal region. See also Stop Titan Action Network, below.
Full Belly Project
Designs and distributes labor-saving, locally-replicable agricultural devices to relieve hunger and create economic opportunities in developing countries.
For 41 years the Historic Wilmington Foundation has worked to preserve the architectural and historical integrity of the Lower Cape Fear region. The HWF is a resource for advice on historical renovations and repairs and provides rehabilitation product advice and technical assistance, as well as tax credit information and assistance.
State-of-the-art facility in Sunset Beach seats 85 people in its 40-ft dome theater. Our mission is to stimulate the general public’s interest and understanding of natural science, environment, and cultural history of the coastal region of the Carolinas as well as a broader understanding of our Earth, solar system, and universe by providing quality educational facilities for the public and school students through activities and exhibits.
Dedicated to rescuing sea turtles and educating the public about them. Founder and Director Jean Beasley is Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year.
Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County
This is a local non-profit that seeks to prevent litter, encourage waste reduction methods such as recycling, and promote community beautification projects. Their efforts include education and outreach, litter cleanups and tree and flower plantings.
Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition
The Coalition honors development projects that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through the protection, conservation, improvement, and awareness of our natural resources.
New local chapter of the national grassroots MomsRising organization. Issues of concern include access to healthy food and eliminating toxins.
Mothers United was formed in Wilmington, NC to defend children’s health by ensuring they have a healthful environmental in which to grow and flourish. They host events and monthly “Moms’ Night Out” meetings where mothers can strategize how the group can protect children’s health in New Hanover County.
Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Our Mission is to stimulate interest and understanding
Members of this new club meet to share information about gardening with plants native to the Cape Fear region.
The Nature Conservancy
Three decades of conservation in North Carolina have led to 700,000 acres protected.
New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Office
Information resource for residents of New Hanover County.
Since 1967 NC Beautiful has helped preserve the physical beauty of North Carolina by providing environmental education and beautification opportunities that elevate the quality of life of North Carolinians. NC Beautiful is committed to fostering environmental stewardship through education and outreach to perpetuate the natural beauty of North Carolina.
Independent, nonprofit organization established to improve North Carolina’s environment through voluntary contributions toward renewable energy. First statewide green energy program in the nation supported by all the state’s utilities.
NC HealthyBuilt Homes program
The NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program provides a certificate for homes meeting “green home guidelines” built by residential builders who practice sustainable, high performance building strategies.
NC Native Plant Society – Southeast Coast Chapter
Promotes enjoyment and conservation of native plants and their habitats through education, protection, and propagation.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
WRC is dedicated to the wise-use, conservation, and management of the state’s fish and wildlife resources.
North Carolina Aquariums
Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. The North Carolina Aquariums operate three facilities located
North Carolina Coastal Federation
NCCF is a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to involving citizens in decisions about managing coastal resources. It provides citizens and groups with technical information and assistance they need to take an active role in the stewardship of North Carolina’s coastal water quality and natural resources.
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Non-profit organization formed to help protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.
North Carolina Conservation Network
Network of organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health. “Action Center” gives suggestions on making your voice heard on environmental issues. Their “Legislator Look-up” lists your Federal and North Carolina elected officials, complete with email addresses.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is based at North Carolina’s two land-grant institutions, NC State University and NC A&T State University, in all 100 counties and on the Cherokee Reservation.
North Carolina Office of Environmental Education
The Office of Environmental Education serves as a clearinghouse linking people to Environmental Education (EE) materials, facilities, programs and professionals across the state. Their staff serves all North Carolinians whether in the field of education, business, government, non-profit, or members of the general public.
North Carolina Shell Club
Dedicated to providing a friendly and enthusiastic organization where people of all levels of expertise, ranging from beginner to professional, can meet and share knowledge and information about the fascinating world of shells. See www.ncshellclub.com to learn about the club and its activities.
North Carolina Sierra Club – Cape Fear Chapter
The Sierra Club works to pass groundbreaking environmental legislation from local to national levels.
North Carolina Solar Center
Clearinghouses for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance and training, for citizens of North Carolina and beyond.
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)
NCSEA is a 501c3 non-profit membership organization of individuals and businesses interested in sustainable energy. Located in Raleigh but active throughout the state, NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.
North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition (NCSBDC)
NCSBDC began in 2000 as a way to engage students in universities, colleges and community colleges to learn and apply the lessons of sustainable design and construction. Each year statewide winners see their design built as part of the grand prize.
Pender County Center gives our county’s residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to Pender County citizens. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics.
Penderwatch & Conservancy
Advocates for the environment.
Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project
Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project works within federal and state guidelines to ensure the preservation and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles. Project volunteers patrol Kure Beach and Carolina Beach during nesting season (May 1 through August 31) to help protect all sea turtle species.
R.O.A.R. Reaching Out for Animal Rights
The mission of R.O.A.R. is to promote the welfare of all animals. Members are dedicated to end the suffering, abuse and exploitation of animals, through education and information.
Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter in Oak Island, North Carolina cares for injured or orphaned wild birds. Once an animal is able to care for itself, it is released to the wild.
The Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems (SENCFS) Project is a partnership of public and private institutions and agencies among six counties along and adjoining the I-74 corridor east of I-95. The SENCFS includes both rural and urban counties in order to maximize market opportunities and profits from the sales of local farm products for both local and regional markets. (Also known as Feast Down East.)
The EV Challenge has expanded its focus to include not only electric but additional alternative transportation fuels and technologies. The program will now be called the SMARTT Challenge. SMARTT is an acronym for “Students Making Advancements in Renewable Transportation Technology.”
Southport Native Plant Society
This new group shares information about area native plants and how to grow them.
Stop Titan Action Network
A group of local citizens has created a web site to provide information about Titan America’s plans to build the 4th largest cement plant in the nation, along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River, just outside of Wilmington, NC. Stop Titan Action Network (STAN) opposes this proposed cement plant because of the environmental impacts it will have to this coastal region.
Surfrider Foundation – Cape Fear Chapter
Holding our elected officials responsible for the preservation of our natural resources and the continued smart, well planned growth of our city.
Natural foods cooperative business.
Toxic Free NC
Toxic Free NC members believe toxic pesticides are over-used in North Carolina and around the world, polluting our food, our water and our bodies. Toxic Free NC fights pesticide pollution in North Carolina by advocating for common-sense alternatives that protect our health and environment.
ECO is the main environmental group at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington, comprising dozens of energetic and friendly allies of the environment.
University of North Carolina—Wilmington (UNCW)
Environmental degree programs, extensive environmental course offerings.
The largest trade association in eastern North Carolina, WCFHBA serves as the voice of the building and development industries in New Hanover and Pender Counties. It represents more than 1,025 member-firms, employing 9,000 individuals.
Alliance To Save Energy
Helps free up more resources for education while strengthening academic learning. The Alliance’s Green Schools Program engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects.
American Solar Energy Society
Nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the U.S.
Boating Clean & Green
California tips that apply to the east coast. The Boating Clean and Green Campaign is an education and outreach program that promotes environmentally sound boating practices to marine business and boaters in California.
See what’s happening across the country with this nonprofit, residential building program in Washington state that certifies homes built with eco-friendly principles on a five-star system.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
DSIRE (the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) is one of the best resources available to help you find information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Earth Day is just an annual reminder that there are ways to get involved year-round. Check out Wilmington Earth Day for a bit of history and follow the links to global Earth Day sites—get inspired by what’s happening around the world!
Award-winning, international education program that involves young people in hands-on river education, conservation and restoration projects.
Electric Cars are for Girls
Electric Cars are for Girls is a “Mostly Painless Guide to Electric Vehicles and Conversions.” Articles and links provide great information about electric cars, from the basics on up.
Federal program that labels household products that have met energy-efficient standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood and wood products and promotes responsible forest management. Its certification ensures wood is harvested sustainably and then tracks the wood through manufacturing to the store. Considered the leading standard for responsible forestry management.
Green-e is the nation’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market.
This group stops your entire household’s junk mail and plants 10 trees on your behalf for $20. They also offer you the choice to remove only the catalogs you don’t want. In just over a year, they've stopped 3 million pounds of junk mail and saved and/or planted 1,000,000 trees.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recommends that parents give their kids a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. This can take place in a garden, a backyard, the park down the street, or any place that provides safe and accessible green spaces where children can learn and play.
Nonprofit group that independently tests household products to meet its environmental standards.
Hornby Eagle Group
The Hornby Eagle Group was formed to facilitate the return of Doug Carrick’s Hornby Island Bald Eagle nest cam to the World Wide Web. Our Mission is to foster the appreciation and stewardship of wildlife and the environment. By providing a glimpse into the lives of a pair of bald eagles, we hope to encourage viewers to look beyond the eagles' nest and recognize the interdependence of humankind and the natural world.
Keep Oceans Clean
Keep Oceans Clean is a fun Web site chock full of information on easy ways to help promote the health of our ocean waters. Online games for children make learning about the ocean fun, ocean Web sites of use to parents and teachers. The Oceans Awareness campaign is a joint effort of the Environmental Defense Fund, The National Marine Sanctuary, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Department of the Interior, and The Advertising Council. Creative work and use of characters from The Little Mermaid are provided by the Walt Disney Company. “No matter where you live, life in the ocean depends on you!
National program by the U.S. Green Building Council that certifies commercial buildings and homes as environmentally friendly based on performance.
LocalHarvest is America’s largest website for organic and local food, offering a public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources.
North American Sarracenia Conservancy
The North American Sarracenia Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural habitats and genetic diversity of carnivorous Sarracenia, North American pitcher plants. The Conservancy promotes conservation of the species through plant rescue and maintenance as well as other conservation efforts.
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) protects the health of people and the environment by advancing alternatives to pesticides. NCAP is dedicated to promoting pesticide use reduction.
Plug In America
Plug In America is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization promoting electric vehicle technology.
Politico Morning Energy Newsletter
SustainableBusiness.com provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics. A weekly Clean Energy Roundup offers sustainable business and sustainable investor news. Check out their “Green Jobs” section to learn about exciting career opportunities across the country… and the world!
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes. Link to find your nearest Cooperative Extension office.
U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. Developers of the LEED building rating system.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
Cap and Trade
Cradle to cradle
Greywater (sometimes spelled graywater, grey water or gray water)
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report
Local and seasonal food
Low flow plumbing fixtures
Rapidly renewable materials
If you have heard an eco-friendly or environmental term that is not defined here, and you would like more information, please contact us and we will do our best to respond and add it to this glossary.