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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Third Fork Creek cleanup in Longmeadow neighborhood

Join this family-friendly cleanup to remove litter from a neighborhood branch of Third Fork Creek.

Sign up:

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

Be Connected: Durm Talks

Beyú Caffé Presents —
BE CONNECTED: DurmTalks w/ Jesse & Desmera
(also with creative direction by Allie Capo)

DurmTalks is back at Beyu for another series of BE CONNECTED!

“DurmTalks w/ Jesse & Desmera” is a welcoming, liberated space that seeks to highlight local politics & community issues, all while bringing more parts of Durham together meaningfully.

TLC’s Wild Ideas for Getting Outside

5 dynamic topics. 15 powerful slides. 5-minute talks to inspire.

TLC’s Wild Ideas series provides a unique venue for experts and the community to share their innovative ideas to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature in order to make the Triangle a more vibrant place for all of us to live, work, and play. Each event features 5 fast-paced presentations introduced by an emcee then is followed by an Expo of organizations, groups, and businesses actively working in fields related to the theme.

Creek Week representatives and various other partners will be there to tell you all about the upcoming Creek Week opportunities and events.

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Networking Social

Established Pollinator Garden Grant recipients and newly awarded Pollinator Garden Grant recipients are invited to come mix and mingle! Here we will learn about each others community gardens and how best to care for your already or soon to be installed pollinator gardens! 

Tree Planting at Forest Hills

Join other volunteers on Sunday, Feb 12th and plant a tree!

 

This is a family-friendly event and no prior tree planting experience is necessary. If you have a shovel, please bring it. Supplies are limited.

 

Sign up below:

Pollinator Garden Grant Recipients Announced!

Today is the big day! Keep Durham Beautiful will announce the winners of our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Grant! Stay Tuned! 

E-Waste, Christmas Tree Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Free and Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and drop-off of their live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event later this month.

The event will be on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Staff will be on hand to unload old electronics, trees, and paper.

The event, sponsored by the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling, and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:

  • Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
  • Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
  • Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
  • Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks, and vacuum cleaners
  • Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
  • Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems

This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon. Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site.

Requirements for shredding include:

  • Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
  • Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted.
  • All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
  • Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material).
  • Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility.

Requirements for live Christmas tree drop-off include:

  • Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half.
  • Remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands.
  • Do not place trees in bags.

Residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center. The Center will also accept live Christmas trees at no charge from now through Saturday, February 4. Trees delivered after February 4 will be subject to the usual disposal fees. The Center, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit the City’s Solid Waste Management Department Web page.