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America Recycles Day events in the Triangle

America Recycles Day is coming up on Nov. 15, and the Triangle has a variety of events to help celebrate. Here's a roundup of some of the events being held in conjunction with the nationally recognized day to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

2 N.C. colleges awarded EPA sustainable technologies grant

Two North Carolina colleges are among 45 schools nationwide to receive $15,000 grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help design sustainable technologies.

Student teams from Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are recipients of the People, Prosperity and the Planet Phase I grants, which challenge students, working together on interdisciplinary teams, to design and build sustainable technologies that improve quality of life, promote economic development and protect the environment.

Eco-friendly Christmas light trade-in at Home Depot

Families looking to light up their Christmas trees in a more eco-friendly fashion can save some cash with a trade-in program at Home Depot.

Triangle ready to cut it up with 4 shred-a-thons tomorrow

Shred-a-thons are being held across the state tomorrow (Oct. 22) to help protect consumers from identity theft, and four events will be held right here in the Triangle:

Holiday grease collection to begin Nov. 1

Raleigh residents and places of worship will be able to put used cooking grease and oil at the curb beginning Nov. 1.

Durham Reuse Rodeo slated for Oct. 15

Residents of Durham can also round up reusable goods to donate. The Triangle Reuse Alliance will host a Reuse Rodeo on Saturday, Oct. 15, in conjunction with the Raleigh event.

The Rodeo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scrap Exchange at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. Six organizations will be participating in the event:

Get cash for finding strange trash

It's that time of the year again to find unusual litter and be rewarded for it.

Keep NC Beautiful's Unusual Litter Contest is open to all North Carolina residents who are sweeping the state clean during the NCDOT's fall litter sweep or a similar litter cleanup event.

Raleigh Reuse Rodeo on tap for Oct. 15

The Triangle Reuse Alliance and the City of Raleigh has teamed up to host the Raleigh Reuse Rodeo on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, which will be held at Providence Baptist Church at 6339 Glenwood Ave., gives area residents the opportunity to bring reusable materials to one location for the benefit of several local nonprofits that are dedicated to reuse and waste reduction.

Coffee-powered car sets speed record

Like many of us, the Coffee Car runs on java. Built for the BBC's "Bang Goes the Theory," the car already held the world record for the longest distance traveled in a coffee-powered car, coffee grounds to be exact.

Not content, the team has now broken the land speed record for organic-powered vehicles at 66.5 mph. Here is a link to the BBC account.

No…um…mug shots, but here is a video.

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Progress Energy to shut down first of 11 coal-burning power plants

Progress Energy this week is retiring the first of several coal-burning power plants as part of a conversion to cleaner-burning natural gas.

On Saturday the Raleigh-based power company is shuttering its 62-year-old W.H. Weatherspoon Power Plant near Lumberton, about 100 miles south of Raleigh. 

Progress plans to retire 11 coal-burning units at four sites in North Carolina by 2013. Those units will be replaced by three gas-burning plants, one of which went online this year.

Natural gas produces about half the greenhouse gases of coal and virtually no mercury, a potent neurotoxin that is linked to birth defects.

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