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David Dean

Clean Energy! Read All About It!

I read a lot – admittedly, not as much as I did before our daughter came along a year ago. However, for a hardworking American trying to build a family, oversee an Earth Day festival, and consult on various projects, you would be surprised. I do what I call “heavy reading” early in the morning (4:30 a.m.); it gets my juices flowing and helps to inspire my day. Because of this, I get asked by friends, students and colleagues, “What are you reading?” Therefore, I have put together this list (did I tell you I like lists…a lot?) to...

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Meet The Man Behind UNC’s $23 Million Energy Savings

A regular feature of this column will be interviews with energy leaders in our community. I can think of no better person to kick off the series than Chris Martin, Energy Management Director for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC is the largest consumer of energy in the UNC system, but they have avoided more than $23 million in energy costs since 2009. Chris and I sat down to discuss his role, the university’s goals and his team’s achievements. Chris arrived at UNC 11 years ago from Montana, where he had been laid off in the...

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Clean Tech Summit Promotes Local Innovation

The North Carolina clean energy sector generated $3.6 billion in total revenue in 2013, according to a recent census administered by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). Additionally, the number of full-time employees has grown 20 percent, to 18,404, over 2012 numbers at the 570 firms who participated in the census. Strata Solar, based in Chapel Hill, is the largest solar developer in the state and one of those clean tech success stories. Along with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and UNC Insititute for the Environment, Strata co-sponsored the...

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5 Ways To Save Energy (aka Money) At Home This Winter

In watching our gas and electric bills, I (like many of you, I am sure) have seen a complete reversal in cost and usage occur between the warm and cold months. My electric bill has been slashed and our gas bill has jumped by about 200 percent – and that is just since November! Then, seeing temperatures as varied as 10° and 70° this week got me thinking, “Are there any other simple (aka low cost) things I could do in the house to help make it more efficient?” First thing I do when faced with a problem is...

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