How Union County Uses An Ice Pig To Keep Water Pipes Clear | WFAE

It takes a lot to keep a water system healthy. In Union County this month, public works employees have been cleaning the water mains using an unusual process called “ice pigging.” I went to see how it works. Listen to my report on WFAE.org March 10, 2016, WFAE.org, How Union County Uses An Ice Pig … More How Union County Uses An Ice Pig To Keep Water Pipes Clear | WFAE

Coal Ash Is Moving, But Landfill Neighbors Fight Back | WFAE

Two years ago, 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled near Duke Energy’s Dan River plant in Eden, North Carolina.  That prompted new state rules and forced Duke to speed coal ash cleanups there and at other old coal plants, including Riverbend near Charlotte.  Some environmentalists support Duke’s approach, while others are fighting it. I’ve been visiting … More Coal Ash Is Moving, But Landfill Neighbors Fight Back | WFAE

Land Trusts Say Permanent Tax Incentives Will Spur Conservation | WFAE

For those interested in open space preservation, here’s a story I produced this week on WFAE: Congress last week approved a bill that makes tax incentives permanent for agreements that conserve land and preserve open space. Lands conservancies are calling it the most important legislation in decades for their movement. Since 2006, landowners have been … More Land Trusts Say Permanent Tax Incentives Will Spur Conservation | WFAE

Opponents Rally Against McCrory’s Clean Power Plan | WFAE

Protesters were a fixture outside the recent climate change summit in Paris, calling on world leaders to agree on a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On Wednesday, local activists staged a rally of their own, supporting a new federal plan addressing climate change – and opposing North Carolina’s response. Here’s my report on the … More Opponents Rally Against McCrory’s Clean Power Plan | WFAE

Corning contracts for power from a new Duke solar farm, in Conetoe | WFAE

Had a quick story on WFAE today about a new solar energy project in eastern NC, in a town called Conetoe. I’ve driven through there before, and always wondered how it’s pronounced. All our guesses at the office today weren’t even close – it’s “kun-NEE-ta.” It’s a big deal for both Duke and Corning.  Here’s a link … More Corning contracts for power from a new Duke solar farm, in Conetoe | WFAE

NASA Expert Says Water Overuse Is Unsustainable | WFAE

On Tuesday night, I covered a discussion titled “Our Water: An Uncertain Future,” at the Booth Playhouse at the Blumenthal, for WFAE. NPR “Science Friday” host Ira Flatow and NASA water scientist Jay Famiglietti were featured on a panel that included local experts.  My lead: “Water use around the nation and in the Southeast is unsustainable, … More NASA Expert Says Water Overuse Is Unsustainable | WFAE

WFAE ‘Charlotte Talks’: ‘Green Building and Redevelopment

Here’s a program I produced for WFAE-FM’s “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins,” on the movement to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices and products in new construction and development. Our guests included Davidson native Gill Holland, a developer and filmmaker in Louisville, KY, who will be the guest speaker at this Friday’s Green Gala, hosted by the … More WFAE ‘Charlotte Talks’: ‘Green Building and Redevelopment

Carolina Captured Photographic Workshops

Photographer friends, here’s an excellent workshop opportunity next month in the NC mountains. I’ve been a couple of times and always come back with great shots and a ton of inspiration. It’s led by Kelly Culpepper, a professional photographer and educator. WANT TO GO? Find out more and sign up: Carolina Captured Photographic Workshops Here’s … More Carolina Captured Photographic Workshops