Sustainable living

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 thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   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 thedurhamvoice@gmail.com 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 thedurhamvoice@gmail.com   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 →

Put on your walking shoes

By Leah Campbell UNC Staff Writer the Durham VOICE thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Residents in Durham’s Eastway Village may have noticed a new installment on the corner of Eastway Avenue and Taylor Street. A table laden with balloons marks the site of the Bull City Cruisers Walking Club sign-up booth, which has recently set up camp at the intersection from 6 – 7… Read more →

Oakwood Community searches for interns

By Anita Rao UNC Staff Writer the Durham Voice thedurhamvoice@gmail.com Six ducks, four rabbits and one young couple living on Oakwood Avenue in central Durham soon plan to invite four men and women, aged 21-26, to move in with them. The new housemates will be the first participants in Oakwood Community, a residential community and service-oriented internship program that begins… Read more →