First Meeting of CPCC’s New EARTH Club!

EARTH CLUB is  an outdoor exploration club with the goal to inspire and appreciate interests in sustainability and the environment. Join us to learn more about the club and enjoy an organic Pizza Party on February 23 at 5 p.m. in the Sustainability Lab, fourth floor of the Elizabeth Classroom Building.

Please contact Amanda Wilkinson for details at

Don’t Blow Your Top, Recycle It

We all know the importance of recycling and the benefits it can have on our environment and now we can add one more item to the list, bottle and jar tops. That’s right, caps and lids can stay, but the containers should be empty and dry.

Until now, bottle caps and jar lids were placed in the trash for a variety of reasons; the recycling center does not accept them, they are made from a different type of plastic than the bottles themselves and could contaminate an entire batch of plastic if mixed in when being recycled, the processing equipment used could not separate the tops and lids from other types of plastic, and if left on the bottle, the tops could pop off creating a safety concern.

But now, we found that in the curbside recycling system we use, it’s ok for caps and lids to “ride along” in the recycling process. So, don’t blow your top, instead place it back on the empty, dry container to be recycled.

More information about recycling is available here. 

Clean Air, Clean Water Film Festival

Three short films will be shown and discussed at this film festival that will look at important local and statewide pollution problems.  Participants include June Blotnick, from Clean Air Carolinas; Sam Perkins, from Catawba Riverkeeper; Dr. Rose Mary Seymour, director, CPCC Center for Sustainability; and John Downey, with the Charlotte Business Journal. Attend this event to better understand the scientific link between air and water and understand that many of the same elements that pollute water, also pollute the air. This event seeks to inspire through film and dialog. Join us as we draw a closer connection to the natural elements and to teach you how to be an advocate for supporting the conservation and protection of the earth’s resources.

When:  February 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Tate Hall on the CPCC Central Campus (1206 Elizabeth Avenue)

Parking is available in the CPCC theater parking deck, accessible from 4th Street, located directly behind the Overcash Building.

Central Campus Solar Charger

Central Campus now has a solar-powered charging station for electronic devices with Micro USB connectors, and Female USB connectors for use with your personal cable. It is located in the seating area by the flag pole, between Quad solar chargerKratt and the Elizabeth Classroom Building.

The device, manufactured by Goal Zero in Utah, has three 20-watt solar panels and LED lights. Four hours of sun per day re-charges the 168 watt-hour lithium battery.

Faculty, staff and students are all invited to use this new free service as you enjoy the other new quad amenities.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact CPCC’s Energy and Environmental Manager Pam Metcalf at x6079 or

Energy-Savings Improvements at CPCC

Did you notice any changes when coming back for Fall semester?

  • New lighting?
  • New lighting controls?
  • Low-flow restroom fixtures?
  • More uniform temperatures and controls? CPCC’s temperature standards are 74F in the summer and 70F in the winter.

CPCC has been making changes throughout the college to save energy and water.

If your classroom or office has the option for two levels of light, PLEASE use the lower option whenever possible.


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, energy and environmental manager, at ext. 6079.