Trees Over Durham Forum

Come learn all about trees in Durham, and tell us what you would like to see in the future. Start the day learning all about trees, then participate in visioning sessions where you get to tell us what you think. We really want to know. At the end, we’ll hear from people who have made trees work for diverse communities, and produce a vision statement of what we want for our trees and communities in Durham. 

 

Trees Over Durham Forum

Tuesday, April 25, 2:30 p. m. – 8 p.m.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
Dinner will be available for registered participants.
Childcare will be available, but you must register below to let us know how many children will need care.

 A draft agenda is available now.  A complete agenda of the forum will be available here when it is finalized. Please check back!

This forum is organized by the Durham Tree Advocates with financial support from Leaf and Limb Tree ServiceVaguely Reminiscent, and Duke Energy Foundation.

Many thanks to the partners who have helped make this forum possible:

 

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Durham Launches Bull City Workplace Challenge

Workplaces Can Now Save Money, Earn Local Recognition & Help the Environment

Share! #Durham workplaces can now save money, help our environment & more through the #BullCityWorkplaceChallenge: www.BullCityWorkplaceChallenge.com


DURHAM, N.C. – Workplaces interested in saving money, helping Durham’s environment, and earning local recognition can now register to join the new Bull City Workplace Challenge.

City of Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell and Durham County Board of Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs are challenging workplaces across Durham to take new strides toward a greener, more sustainable future by joining this new program.

Created by the Durham City-County Sustainability Office along with 10 City and County departments and community partners, the challenge is designed to help workplaces of all types save energy, conserve water, protect water quality, produce less waste, and support sustainable transportation. The program will publicly recognize workplaces that substantially address these sustainability goals. Any workplace located within Durham County can participate.

Workplaces can now register on the Bull City Challenge website and complete an initial scorecard to assess their current green practices. Participants then improve their score by pursuing the remaining actions on the scorecard. These scorecard actions range in difficulty, cost, and time involved. To help workplaces improve their scores, the challenge offers guiding resources, experts who can answer questions, and lunch-n-learns throughout the year.

As workplaces complete new scorecard actions throughout the year, they will document their progress by updating their scorecard to achieve Bronze, Silver, or Gold recognition and will be publicly recognized in Spring 2018.

“Over time, many of the same steps to save energy and water and reduce waste will save organizations money,” said Durham City-County Sustainability Manager Tobin Freid. “A lot of people who live and work in Durham value the environment and support sustainable action. The challenge will help Durhamites bring these values into their workplaces.”

Workplaces that join the challenge will take practical steps that include the following:

  • Protect the health of their employees, their customers, and the public by reducing air and water pollution and workplace use of toxic chemicals.
  • Lessen the impact of climate change by emitting fewer greenhouse gases.
  • Protect communities by reducing and diverting waste from landfills.
  • Conserve natural resources such as water supplies.

According to Freid, for workplaces that are just starting off with green plans, the challenge is a great way to prioritize specific, manageable, and practical steps to take. Workplaces that have already taken steps on sustainability will be able to track their progress and find even more ways to become more sustainable.

Participants in the Bull City Workplace Challenge will help Durham reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from residences, businesses, and institutions by 2030 as required in the 2007 Durham City-County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan as well as part of the City’s and County’s strategic plans. For more information, visit the Bull City Challenge website or call (919) 560-7999.

About the Durham City-County Sustainability Office

The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to City and County employees, businesses, and citizens. For more information, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

 

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Lick Creek Cleanup

We will meet at the parking area for a waterfowl sub-impoundment at the Highway 98 crossing of Lick Creek. We will provide trash bags and gloves, but volunteers need to bring boots that can get wet and any snacks and water. Please register on facebook or by email Francis.E.Ferrell@usace.army.mil

Pub Trivia-Social Games and Brews

Creek Week themed category!

Town Hall Burger Creek Week Trivia

Join fellow Town Hall Burger patrons for trivia. During Creek Week, the trivia will also include some Creek Week related questions. Go forth and show off your watershed knowledge!

City and County Employee Clean-Up (open to public!)

Help clean up the trash along Camden Ave and Ellerbe Creek (City and County Employees as well as the the Community Ages 18+ are encouraged to participate)

Sign up below:

Museum of Life and Science Lab- Pollution Solution

Come celebrate Creek Week by exploring environmental science in The Lab! Discover what makes a healthy ecosystem by examining water samples and testing soils.

Water Reclamation Facility Tour

Durham sits on a ridge line that generally runs along Pettigrew Street and the railroad track. Ridge lines and topography determine drainage areas and due to this factor, we have 2 water reclamation facilities (WRFs) serving the city and a significant portion of Durham County. The North Durham WRF on East Club Boulevard has a permitted capacity of 20 million gallons a day (MGD) and discharges into Ellerbe Creek in the Neuse basin. The South Durham WRF, located on Farrington Road near Highway 54, has a permitted capacity of 20 MGD and discharges into the upper arm of New Hope Creek in the Cape Fear basin. Although the facilities have a combined capacity of 40 MGD, they are currently running at about 50% of capacity. Visit a wastewater (reclamation) facility to see how “waste” water is treated before it is returned back to the natural environment. Tour either of Durham’s two wastewater plants year-round. Please complete the Tour Request form to join a tour during creek week. (Due to extensive construction activities, tours of our drinking water plants are suspended.

Pub Trivia- Bull McCabe’s

With a Creek Week themed category!

Lunch and Learn- Land Conservation and Source Water Protection

Bring your lunch and learn how the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management is collaborating with Triangle Land Conservancy to protect the land that protects our City’s source water and help us to continue to provide safe, high-quality drinking water to our residents. After lunch, get outside and join the watershed protection efforts by participating in a cleanup around one of our drinking water sources, Little River Reservoir. To register for the Little River Cleanup, please up here

To sign up for the lunch and learn, please fill the form: