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Green Duke

Duke is following through on its commitment of 2007 to reduce coal use by restoring and re-opening the 1929 steam plant on East Campus. To that end, the coal train has made its last delivery.

I wonder, will they re-name Coal Pile Drive?

Dear Dad,

After divorce, some huge percentage of people live at or below the poverty line. It turns out that most of those are women.

Not even surprised.

I want to be angry, and indignant, but I can't even be bothered, because it is so expected - the State Fair makes not even the slightest nod toward recycling.

Wired differently

It appears that liberal and conservative brains operate differently, according to one study published recently.

Universities discuss sustainability

I'm trying really hard not to be skeptical with this, and really trying to give the two blues the benefit of the doubt and hope that they're not just having this conference because they heard the word 'Sustainability' and decided they had to have a conference, so here goes:

UNC & Duke are having a conference on how universities can impact sustainability. I'll probably go, as there are some interesting looking speakers and I can legitimately say it's for my work, and it's near my office, but if it wasn't and it wasn't, I probably wouldn't.

http://news.mc.duke.edu/news/article.php?id=10112

Your Civic Duty

Attention everyone who lives in Durham (city or county), Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or Hillsborough (or inbetween CH and Hillsborough) - you are part of the DCHC MPO (Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization), a government entity. Please take a few minutes to fill out .this transportation survey

One of my friends who took this said that her results were 'skewed' because she doesn't have a car or a drivers' license, as if having a car and license was the natural state of being.

Progressive vs. Libertarian

The other night I was talking to my husband in a part of our ongoing political dialogue. We had the following conversation (with interruptions by our 3-year-old) about progressives, libertarians, government-hating, and Bob Novak.

Smoking ban

The hospital that tobacco built bans smoking, with some odd consequences.

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