Environment Roundtable

Environment Roundtable

Construction Waste in the Greensboro Landfill.

The Environment Roundtable (ERT) supports the League’s longest held positions on clean water and air and care for our environment. These include sensible land use and energy policies. The ERT visits one or more sites a year, for example, recycling facility, water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, and Guilford County farm,  to observe care for the environment in operation. The ERT frequently hosts guest speakers addressing timely issues

Meeting Date and Time

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak face to face meetings are suspended. The usual meeting time is the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm for the months of Sept-April. We will be meeting via Zoom starting on October 8 at 4PM. If you would like to attend please send email to environment [at] lwvpt.org

Meeting Location

St. Andrews Episcopal Church Library. 2105 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC

Roundtable Contact Information

Co chairs are Dick Feulner and Judy Hoag, contact them at environment [at] lwvpt.orgThe Environment Roundtable is in charge of Lunch with the League once per year, usually in April.

Happening now or soon

As soon as we are able to meet we will plan field trips to places of environmental interest in the Piedmont Triad. The Environment Roundtable makes it a priority to tour facilities, that maintain the environment in our area. 

  • Waste water treatment facilities
  • Storm water departments
    • Greensboro, NC landfill area for composting yard waste. Landfills 
  • Recycling centers
    • Environment Roundtable observes Rich Fork open space. Parks that maintain open spaces or wildlife preserves      
  • Emerging technology sites
  • University or other farms

We maintain contact and attend programs at local universities and groups that have environmental concerns. 

 

Positions

Natural Resources Water

• Promote measures that will maintain good water for human use, including:

• Control population density in the northwestern quadrant and adjacent to the water reservoirs of Greensboro;

• Encourage innovative building patterns, which allow the retention of open spaces and controlled buffer zones along the main tributaries and reservoirs;

• Use tax revenue for a continuous program of purchasing open space and controlled buffer zones along the main tributaries and reservoirs;

• Promote measures to reduce sedimentation and storm runoff;

• Conserve present water supplies by allowing water rates to reflect water costs.

Natural Resources Land use - Sign ordinances

• Support sign ordinance measures for Guilford County.

Goals

  1. Keep environment issues before the public by submitting five letters/articles to local newspapers on environmental issues studied by or of importance to the Roundtable.
  2. Visit several community environmental facilities that are selected by Roundtable members.
  3. Monitor Guilford County Parks & Recreation activities on open space preserves to ensure that these important community assets are maintained as passive recreation areas.  Recently, the county has opened the Company Mill preserve and is scheduled to open the Rich Fork preserve. Also, continue to monitor county plans for the former Prison Farm and support local groups that are working to ensure that this facility remains undeveloped.
  4. Study developing environmental issues to determine what topics should be studied by the Roundtable.

Sponsored Programs at Lunch with the League

  • Marie Poteat, a member of the roundtable, spoke in 2019 on native plants. 
  • Parke Rublee, Emertis Professor, Microbial Responses to Environmental Contamination and Water Quality
  • Tom Earnhardt, attorney and naturalist, preservation of natural spaces in NC

Working Papers

Jordan Lake Notes

Open spaces in Guilford County, NC as a result of bond issue.

Resources

The Environment RT  maintains a list of pertinent online articles and references for use by anyone. We place an emphasis on articles of interest to our 12 counties and the state of NC. 

Articles about sea level rise, the Outer Banks of NC, Highway 12 on the outer banks. Sea level rise in other areas. Residents' views of sea level rise. There is controversy over predicted sea level rise in NC and some citizens are concerned about the changing NC coastline. 

When we have speakers at our meetings we frequently ask for a copy of the slides used in the presentation. 

Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar spoke to us about uses for coal ash (part 1) and  coal ash (part 2)

Marie Poteat  presented a program on her restoration project incorporating native plants.