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
Story by Lindsey Chester, photos by Karl Fisher
Cary, NC- A year ago, Victoria Bennis was planning her first save a Life Walk. She and her family were recovering from a personal tragedy. Her brother John, a 16 year old Green Hope student had taken his life the previous November. When a second Green Hope boy committed suicide that May, she knew she had to do something to stop what she perceived was becoming an epidemic. Read more
Story and photos by Leslie Huffman
Cary, NC – Need a ride to the airport? How about a night out on the town without the worry of driving? You can get this kind of service many places. A taxi, a limo, or a van service.
But take it a bit further. What if your driver came professionally dressed and picked you or your group up in a brand new hybrid electric vehicle? And this company cost you the same or up to 25% less that the standard car services?
That makes a huge difference to me. It also makes a major difference to hotels and corporate clients who are trying to reduce their carbon footprint while still providing quality professional services.
Making Better Choices
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States consumes 378 million gallons of gasoline every single day. The environmental costs to all this fossil fuel consumption is staggering.
Also, the vehicles we drive release over 1.7 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year, contributing to pollution and global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline burned creates 20 pounds of CO2. That’s about 6 to 9 tons of CO2 each year for a typical vehicle.
A good solution; make better choices. We should bike, walk, take public transportation and use our consumer power to use vehicles that are either hybrid, all electric or use biofuels.
Welcome EcoStyle – A Green Transportation Company
I recently met with Scott Tyler, Vice President of EcoStyle, at the Umstead Hotel in Cary. Scott came here after playing pro baseball and meeting his wife. He spent some years in the hospitality industry, but wanted to start his own business. He came up with a unique service that was missing in the Triangle.
In April this year, Scott and his business partner started the Triangle’s first eco-friendly corporate transport company, EcoStyle. Already they have contracts to handle all the transportation needs of corporate clients like SAS, Dex One and The Umstead Hotel.
“It makes me feel great knowing that people are accepting EcoStyle and truly appreciate the services that we are providing for them,” says Tyler. “When we launched EcoStyle, our goal was not only to start a company that revolutionized the industry, but added value to the surrounding communities.”
In addition to providing low-emission and energy-efficient transportation, Scott says that high standards, excellent service and a clean professional look is mandatory for all their drivers. They will pick you up from any location and take you where you need to go.
“I want people to know that when they call EcoStyle, they will receive a level of service that is unmatched. Our team at EcoStyle will always go above and beyond to fill our clients needs.”
They will also provide transportation to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), or Piedmont-Triad International Airport (GSO).
What Makes Them The Green Transportation Company?
Presently EcoStyle has 4 hybrid vehicles in their fleet with 2 more on order. Looking to the future, they plan to add several all electric vehicles.
- Toyota Prius Hybrid – up to 2 passengers and gets 53 mpg city & 48 mpg hwy
- Ford Fusion L Hybrid – up to 3 passengers and gets 41 mpg city & 38 mpg hwy
- Chevy Tahoe Hybrid – up to 6 passengers and gets 20 mpg city & 23 mpg hwy
If you need something bigger like a bus for 10 or more, Scott will provide one from one of his partner companies. But, to negate the CO2 emissions generated, EcoStyle will then purchase carbon offsets through NC Green Power.
Other “green” initiatives include:
- Paperless email billing & receipts
- Driver’s uniforms made from recycled materials and organic cotton
- Donate a percentage of profits to NC GreenPower, which funds renewable energy projects across North Carolina
While the corporate office is in Raleigh, most of the cars are staged at The Umstead Hotel. And, because of their exclusive use of EcoStyle’s services, the Umstead even installed several electric car charging stations for their use.
Next time my dinner club group is heading for a night out on the town, or I need airport transportation I think I will give Scott a call. When it comes to saving money, and reducing my environmental impact, it just seems like such a simple choice.
Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Georges Le Chevallier of Thomas Sayre’s sculpture at the NC Museum of Art.
Cary, NC – A one-of-a-kind benefit for The Lucy Daniels Center is taking place at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Friday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. Expressions. A Celebration of Food and Art., brings together fine cuisine and fine art. Read more
Story by Lindsey Chester and “Coach” Pete D’Arruda. Photo by Tamás Mészáros.
Cary, NC- Even if you never pay attention to the stock market, you know we are living in what many call turbulent market conditions. The Dow Jones lost all of its gains for 2010 through volatile trading in August. So what should you do if you are investing for your retirement? Read more
Cary, NC – We continue our Cary Candidate series with Don Hyatt, running for election to Cary Town Council in District D. Yesterday, we heard from incumbent Gale Adcock. Read the whole series under the Elections tab.
All candidates have been asked the same three questions. We have not edited one word, vowel or comma of their responses. Decide for yourself how to vote on October 11, 2011. Read more