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Catawba County Rethinking Government’s Role in Sustainability. Green Initiatives Team. Dewey Harris, Assistant County Manager Jacky Eubanks, Planning and Parks Director Barry Edwards, P.E., Utilities and Engineering Director Terry Bledsoe, Chief Information Officer
Dewey Harris, Assistant County Manager
Jacky Eubanks, Planning and Parks Director
Barry Edwards, P.E., Utilities and Engineering Director
Terry Bledsoe, Chief Information Officer
Kelly Groves, Environment and Natural Resources Agent, NC Cooperative Extension
Keep Catawba County Beautiful
(recycling and reduction)
The DESIGN and GOAL of the Catawba County EcoComplex is to provide a conduit for developing and moving “Green” science and products from the lab to the real world while developing a system that will recover all useable products and by-products from a group of public and private partners who are located in a close knit defined area, the EcoComplex.
The EcoComplex will also promote Catawba County and the Region as a center for “Green” innovation and enterprise in the areas of energy, agriculture, and the environment.
Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility
Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility
Gregory Wood Products
Recycling Plastic Pelletization
Bio-Energy Facility – Boiler/Gasifier System
Turf Grass Research
Biosolids (Sludge) Management Facility
Blackburn Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project
3 megawatt capacity
What’s Catawba County’s impact?
Eco = Economics and Ecology or Industrial Ecological System
The Catawba County EcoComplex is a system that is based on the fact that an individual component in a system is best utilized in the context of its relationship with other components and with other systems, rather than in isolation. Thus, any government, jurisdiction, or private group can build an EcoComplex, an Industrial Ecological System.
…Virtual Technology/SAN(Storage Area Network)
Before You Print
A Virtual Packrat
Unplug phone chargers, iPod chargers, GPS chargers and other chargers when not in use.
Turn off your computer
Don’t forget monitor, the speakers, the printer, the scanner, and even the paper shredder.
Don’t be a “Virtual Packrat”.
Don’t print just because you can.
Use handouts only if necessary
Use the sleep mode
Buy an LCD Monitor
Check energy consumption on all purchases.
Technology has become part of our lives but remember, at times you need to turn it all off and enjoy time without it.
Donate old functional computers to school children that do not have home computers.
Send old computer equipment to a company that recycles electronic devices.
Exchange CRT computer monitors with LCD monitors when computers are replaced.
Provide computer applications at employees' homes, so they can complete required paperwork without having to drive to their office.
Virtualization and server consolidation.
Initiate a “Think before you print” campaign.
Use Web/video conferencing to reduce mileage costs.
Scan and store documents for reduced paper and easier access
Make online access to information a strategic direction