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ACE was thrilled to announce a full time presence in North Carolina beginning Fall 2011. ACE has already reached more than 48,000 students, at over 80 schools, in North Carolina since Fall 2009. We are honored to work with a wide range of partners, including the EPA of the Research Triangle Park, NC Coastal Federation, Sustainable Sandhills, UNC LEAP, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, and Western RESA programs supporting climate science education in High Schools across the state.
What's your favorite part about working in North Carolina?
Diversity. From the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge Mountains, from urban schools in Charlotte to rural schools in the Piedmont, we're thrilled to help students from all backgrounds start doing something about climate change in their wonderfully Tar Heel way.
ACE North Carolina, Training Climate Leaders
In April of 2011, ACE partnered with Sustainable Sandhills to hold its first North Carolina leadership training. Partnering with UNC LEAP, ACE kicked off the 2011-2012 school year training 42 climate leaders from across the Piedmont in September. ACE North Carolina wrapped up our first year as a full-time region training over 20 students from the EPA of the Research Triangle Park in issues ranging from public speaking to energy awareness. Check out some student stories about what we need for a green economy and East Chapel Hill High Action Team making a Homecoming banner to promote recycling.
The students who attended the 4 leadership trainings during the 2011-2012 academic year have taken on youth-led carbon reducing projects ranging from creating an edible school garden to rocking ACE’s Biggest Loser Competition.
ACE Students have even blogged about the UNC LEAP North Carolina Leadership Training!
North Carolina Youth Raise Their Voices
Kristen Powers, a senior in 2011-2012 at Chapel Hill High, spoke to over 400 college environmental leaders from across the Southeastern US at the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference (SSREC) in Asheville on November 5th, 2011. “The world is not waiting for superman- the world is waiting for you.” Kristen in one sentence pushed members of college Green Teams across the Southeast U.S. to realize their potential for the future of our planet.
ACE welcomed Natasha Anbalagan to the team as ACE’s SE Youth Representative in the Spring of 2012. Natasha is a student at SW Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been to three trainings with ACE and took on ACE's Biggest Loser Energy competition with her Action Team. She believes that climate change is everyone’s problem to solve and is excited to engage her community on hydraulic fracturing and renewable energy.
What's a fun fact about North Carolina's team?
Johanna has lived on three continents and would love to visit all seven, including Antarctica.
Region Specific Climate info
The State Climate Office of North Carolina reported that the sea level on NC's coast has risen approximately 1 foot since observations began in the 1930s, due to climate change.
U.S. Climate Action Network stated that from 1998-2007 North Carolina had an average job loss of 6.4%. The clean, green sector had an increase of 15.3% employment during this same period! In fact, North Carolina could realize as many as 4,661 jobs manufacturing wind turbines and $1.55 billion investment in the wind industry alone if 50,000 MW of new wind energy is created at a national level.