Sustainable living

New homeowners Caryn Braunstein and Emmanuel Rittner stand in front of their new home on 213 S. Driver St. Photo by: Preservation North Carolina

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

It’s been two years since the launch of Project RED (Revitalize East Durham)and two homes have already been sold. Homes on Hart Street and South Driver Street now belong to first-time homeowners. “Owning my own home has given me a sense of accomplishment,” said Kenny Parella, one of the homeowners. “I believed, for most of my life, that I would… Read more →

Tarsha Wilson’s 4-year-old son, Deshaun Wilson, stands on the small porch of their McDougald Terrace apartment. (Staff photo by Amber Buford)

DHA hopes to revitalize Southeast Central Durham community

  By Jordan Bailey, UNC Staff Writer; and Amber Buford, NCCU Staff Writer The Durham Housing Authority hopes to receive some federal money for much needed renovations to low income housing communities next year. The federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) aims to provide neighborhoods across the United States with a portion of the funds needed to redevelop target areas. Alisha… Read more →

Tom Higgins, energy education director displays a visual aid used in Clean Energy Durham’s Pete Street workshops. The board demonstrates how air escapes a home and how residents can stop these leaks to save energy and money.

Staff photo by Anna Starnes

Pete Street program helps residents cut energy costs

Clean Energy Durham, a nonprofit organization focused on cutting energy usage and costs in neighborhoods throughout North Carolina, is working to promote energy efficiency through interactive workshops. Last year, employees produced a teaching program called Pete Street, which the organization sells to different communities in the state. So far, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wilson and Siler City are all licensed to… Read more →

(From left to right) Deborah Yakubs, Matt Kopac, holding baby Evan, and Sarah Cottingham socialize before the sit-down portion of SEEDS' 9th Annual Harvest Dinner.

SEEDS Harvest Dinner a community celebration

By Hayley Paytes UNC Co-Editor The Durham VOICE   On Sept. 13, a Durham nonprofit celebrated Thanksgiving a little early. SEEDS NC hosted its 9th Annual Harvest Dinner at The Pavilion at Durham Central Park. The organization, Southeastern Efforts to Develop Sustainable Spaces, seeks to educate and improve the community through gardening. The dinner is the organization’s largest fundraiser… Read more →

Fruit school attendee Jodi Hart prunes a bradford pear tree as SEEDS garden manager Hilary Nichols observes. Staff Photo by Abby Moore

Bountiful Backyards hosts first fruit school

By Abby Moore UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE Bradford pears are blossoming, daffodils are blooming and the bees are buzzing with a clear message – spring is here in Durham. Bountiful Backyards, along with SEEDS, welcomed the season with the first ever Piedmont Fruit School on March 17 and 18. Fruit tree lovers united Saturday and Sunday at… Read more →

Children from Lowe’s Grove Elementary School draw their ideal neighborhood during a city planning lesson by Wanona Satcher. Satcher said input from residents will be vital as the Urban Design Center is created (Photo courtesy of Wanona Satcher).

New Urban Design Center will give Livability Initiative a home

By Leslie Ann Blake UNC staff writer The Durham VOICE   A new center is in the works that will be built by the people, but more importantly, for the people. The proposed Durham Urban Design Center’s main function will be to improve the community in ways the residents see fit, said Wanona Satcher, a consultant for Neighborhood Improvement… Read more →