Squirrels Go Nuts Over Solar Panels / November 16, 2022

Squirrels have a nasty habit of building nests in solar panels because they’re warm and provide shelter. The problem is that they can chew on wires causing damage to the system and creating a fire hazard because of exposed wires. Marie Brown, (House Co-Clerk) first spotted an outage last week. Two pesky squirrel nests had shut down 1/3 of our solar power generation. Damage was repaired and power restored by 8MSolar on November 14th under…

Community Housing Solutions Will Join Adult Forum / October 16, 2022

Come in person or on Zoom to the Adult Forum on October 16 th (9:30) to hear Gene Brown, director of Community Housing Solutions. Friends may remember that we donated $30,000 to this organization as a part of our Solar Panel project. Learn about the work this organization does for people in our community who need assistance remaining safely in their own homes. Karin Heller will send out the Zoom connection in an upcoming “Religious…

You Can Help Recycle Styrofoam in Greensboro! / October 2022

Did you know you can recycle foam (better known by its trademark Styrofoam) in Greensboro? Since mid-2020 the Triad Foam Recycling Coalition has been working to keep foam out of our landfills where it lasts hundreds of years. Coalition partners (Greensboro Beautiful, Tiny House Community Development, Emerging Ecology, and Environmental Stewardship Greensboro) opened a drop-off site at 1310 West Gate City Boulevard near UNCG. Since then the coalition has added trailers at 4 more sites…

Dream.org Brings Regenerative Agriculture to Under-served Communities in the Triad / October 2022

Matthew Armstrong, Director of the Institute for Regenerative Design and Innovation is launching Renew Forsyth, a campaign sponsored by Dream.org to bring regenerative agriculture to underserved communities in the Triad. Long story short, we’re trying to address poverty and climate through education (living labs) and by creating “food innovation districts” in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Much of our work has already begun. If you’d like an introduction through an essay I recently published, check out “Renew…

Vote Now for Participatory Budgeting Projects / October 2022

On-line voting has begun for projects in your neighborhood under the City’s Participatory Budgeting Program. Greensboro residents 14 and older will help decide how to spend $500,000 in City funds by voting in Participatory Budgeting (PB) Greensboro until October 15 at www.PBGreensboro.com. Proposed projects on the ballot this year include street sign toppers to identify historically significant neighborhoods (proposed by the New Garden Guilford College Area Alliance), bus shelters, water-bottle filling stations, outdoor fitness equipment, teen…

Are You a Student, Teacher, or Parent Who Cares About the Climate Crisis? / August 2022

Are you a student worried about the Climate Crisis? Are you a teacher in Guilford County Schools who knows students concerned for the environment, for the planet? Are you a parent or grandparent who shares these concerns with students in your family? Greensboro EarthQuakers and their Solar Power Now allies are pushing the Guilford County Board of Education to commit to a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy. We are asking the School Board to…

Africans Suffer More Under Climate Change than Countries Responsible for Damage / August 10, 2022

From the Carolina Peacemaker, 8/4/2022: “The African continent of 1.2 billion people, which represents 17 percent of the world’s population, contributes less than 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions but suffers from extreme weather events which scientists have warned will become more frequent due to climate change. Researchers in a new study have now put an actual dollar figure on economic harm caused by the countries most responsible for the climate crisis, and the…

Climate Crisis , Anti-racism, Democratic Rights Top the List of Concerns / August 2, 2022

Results from the Peace and Social Concerns Spring Survey The Peace and Social Concerns committee requested New Gardeners to respond to an on-line survey to help us discern what were the priorities of the Meeting for study, advocacy, coordinated activities and use of our limited resources in awarding small grants to local non-profits. We asked people to rank a series of 14 issues from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority) for the Meeting. (We…

Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation / Draft Priorities for 2023-24

Equal Access to Quality Public Education Led by our testimonies of Equality, Integrity, and Community, we value the importance of education in realizing the inherent potential of all people. We support legislation that supports equal access to quality public education for all residents, through instruction which centers integrity and truth-seeking, provided by instructors, support services, and infrastructure that ensure the mental and physical health, safety, and dignity of every student, teacher, administrator, and school board.…

Worship to Hold Guilford Board of Education In the Light / June 14, 2022

Join Greensboro EarthQuakers in a worship circle outside the Guilford County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 3:45-4:30 pm. As part of the Solar Power Now Coalition’s Green Schools Now! Campaign for sustainable energy practices in Guilford County schools, Greensboro EarthQuakers will hold a Quakerstyle meeting for worship to hold the Board of Education in the Light as they consider future plans for constructing new schools. Following voters’ recent approval of a $1.7…