Solar Energy Generates Cash for Dorcas Ministries

Story from staff reports. Photo by Michael Mazengarb.

Cary, NC – Dorcas Ministries in Cary is all set to get free energy, and cash, from some unused rooftop space. Welcome to the green economy. Read more

7 Ways to Go Green in Cary with Spruce

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Buksy.

Cary, NC – Did you know the Town of Cary pays an average of $32 per ton in disposal fees to send trash to the landfill, and currently gets paid $18 per ton for all the items we recycle?  Cary recycles more than any other municipality in all of North Carolina. Each year more Cary trash gets recycled -it just makes sound fiscal sense.

Tune up your green lifestyle with 7 Spruce events this Spring. Read more

Hemlock Bluffs: Prescribed Burn on Monday

Story from staff reports. Photo of prescribed burn in Virginia by U.S. Army Environmental Command.

Cary, NC – Don’t be frightened if you see smoke rising from Hemlock Bluffs on Monday, January 30, 2012. It’s a “prescribed burn,” a forestry process to prevent larger forest fires. Read more

Wildlife: Jordan Lake Eagle Cam is Back

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Ken Schneider.

Cary, NC – Last year at about this time, editor Matt Young did a story about Eagle Cam, a citizen science project at Jordan Lake. The big birds are back, and you can watch online again this year as they sit in the nest and prepare to hatch their young. Read more

Environment: Fracking & Earthquakes

Opinion by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Brett Coulstock.

Cary, NC – Forget about water pollution. How about earthquakes? Business-friendly Ohio is moving to stop the use of fracking wastewater disposal wells, suspected of causing eleven earthquakes in the state, including a magnitude 4.0 quake last weekend. Read more

Education: A STEM Stocking Stuffer with a Story

Cary, NC – Molly Paul is an accomplished 12-year old. She founded and manages a turtle adoption organization, is a junior curator at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and has created a line of turtle-shaped soaps for sale at Hemlock Bluffs. They make great stocking stuffers for kids and grownups who are into science and wildlife and want their cash to go to a good cause. Read more

Editorial: Just Say No to Fracking in Cary

Editorial by Hal Goodtree. Map from Southern Environmental Law Center.

Cary, NC – Fracking has the potential to make North Carolina a net energy exporter. But serious concerns exist about contamination of water supplies. Until those concerns are laid to rest, Cary needs to ban fracking within our town limits. Read more

Black Creek Greenway Added to East Coast Trail System

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Brian Yap.

Cary, NC – A newly completed portion of Blackcreek Greenway in Cary has been recognized as an official component of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) corridor. Read more

Save a Bus, Walk to School

Photo Courtesy of Advocates for Health in Action

Cary, NC – More than a dozen Wake County schools participated in the national Walk to School Day event last Wednesday. Read more

Environment: Walk-Friendly Cary

Story & Photo by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – Thanks to our friend Don Frantz for sharing the news that Cary has been designated a Walk-Friendly Community.

Walk-Friendly Communities (WFC)

The WFC is a national organization that accredits communities which encourage pedestrian traffic. That is, walking.

Cary is one of only three communities in North Carolina that have earned the certification (the other two are Charlotte and Davidson).

Cary was credited with having a walk-friendly community including:

  • Town of Cary staff resources devoted to encouraging pedestrian traffic
  • 60 miles of trails and green ways, with another 190 miles in the planning stage
  • Downtown Streetscape Project
  • Land Development Ordinance that supports the creation of a highly connected transportation system
  • $1 million annual sidewalk request program

Celebrate with a Walk

Celebrate Cary’s newest designation with a walk in one our our many Parks or download the Cary Bike/Hike map.