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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Gov. Cooper Signs New Energy Bill Calling for Carbon Reductions

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House Bill 951 — signed into law on Oct. 13 — requires the North Carolina Utilities Commission to take the steps needed to achieve the goal of reducing energy producers’ carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and to r...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Boone, App State Aim for Carbon-Free 2050

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In January, Boone Town Council created a new position to prioritize sustainability. George Santucci, the first occupant of the sustainability and special projects manager role, took immediate action to begin sustainability operations. “We take a...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Boone Municipal Operations will Transition to 25% Renewable Energy in 2022 NRLP Green Power Program

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Moving a quarter of the town of Boone’s operations to a carbon neutral energy source, the contract will begin Jan. 1, 2022, and cover all 1,650,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy the town purchases from NRLP. Residents and business owners will h...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Boone Floods During Remnants of Tropical Storm Fred, Harms Water Quality

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Although Boone residents are coming to expect flooding during storm events, the physical and environmental damages of the floods are causing continued harm to the town. The town of Boone has a local river gauge dashboard tracking water levels at three dif...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

New River Conservancy Working on Phase 2 of a River Restoration Project Near Brookshire Park

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Phase 1 involved a partnership between multiple organizations to implement 2,800 linear feet — or a little more than seven-and-a-half football fields — of river restoration. Now, the NRC is partnering with Watauga County, town of Boone...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Watauga Riverkeeper Installs Trash Trout in Winkler Creek

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MountainTrue, an environmental organization based in the Southern Blue Ridge, announced June 2 that their Watauga Riverkeeper installed Boone’s first Trash Trout in Winkler Creek along the Greenway in partnership with the Town of Boone. The Trash Trout Jr...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Town of Boone’s Sustainability Committee Explores Renewable Energy Options

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NRLP is a nonprofit operating unit of Appalachian State University. The nonprofit has been providing power to Appalachian State University and the larger Boone community since 1915, according to Appalachian State University. The university stated that NRL...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Boone Files Conservation Easement for Bolick Property, Town Council Talks Municipal Complex Plans

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The town announced on Feb. 16 that it had officially filed the easement for the property, protecting 30.286 acres of town-owned property along the South Fork of the New River. The easement — filed on Jan. 21 — is in partnership with th...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Boone Hires Santucci as New Sustainability and Special Projects Manager

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The Boone Town Council is creating a slate of environmental issues — such as electrifying town vehicles — for the town’s new sustainability and special projects manager. Boone Town Manager John Ward said that George Santucci ...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Boone Council clarifies town energy goals: Climate neutral by 2030

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The Boone Town Council voted 4-1 on April 18 to establish clarified energy goals for the town: climate neutrality in municipal operations by 2030, 100 percent clean renewables in municipal operations by 2040 and 100 percent clean renewables for the entire...

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