Reduce, reuse…now what?

This story was co-written with Jessica Wooten.  Every year, according to a 2015 study, North Carolinians throw away 23.6 billion pounds of trash. That is enough trash to circle the earth twice.   It isn’t spite that makes NC residents throw away their recyclables, but ignorance. Ipsos, a market research company, performed a study in 2011 during […]

Make it yours: Showing off your personality

This story was originally published in The Crossroads Chronicle on April 19, 2017.  Thanks to big box stores, home décor can become streamlined and commercial. Things that people actually like have taken a backseat to popular décor trends. Personality can often get lost in all the hustle and bustle of home decorating, but adding one’s […]

Appalachian Trailhead 110: How Franklin, NC benefits from hikers

Story is co-written with Ashley Kairis and Kayla Minion Franklin, North Carolina, sits 110 miles from Springer Mountain, the starting point for most Appalachian Trail hikers. Over the years, Franklin has seen an increase in thru hikers and has welcomed them with open arms. In 2010, Franklin became the very first Appalachian Trail Community. “Every year […]

Jackson County list of accepted recyclables

Batteries Lead-Acid automobile batteries are accepted at the county sites. Commercial Waste Any solid waste generated by a business that is classified as a commercial business or non-profit. Container Recycling Aluminum Cans, steel cans, plastic bottles and containers, and glass containers. Items not accepted: glass cookware, ceramics, mirrors, window glass, headlights, light bulbs, or medicine […]

SEI unveils EV charging station, announces new sustainable projects

Author is a member of the Sustainable Energy Initiative.  Every semester, $5 from every student’s fees goes into a fund controlled by the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) at WCU. The committee is made up of WCU faculty and staff that want to promote sustainability on campus. Students and faculty can propose brick and mortar projects […]

How well do you know your well?

This story was written by Rachel Plouse, originally published in The Crossroads Chronicle on April, 12th 2017. Well maintenance is usually the last thing on our minds while we’re improving our homes. It’s not until a catastrophe happens that we remember the wear and tear both weather and nature have on our wells. When you live outside […]