Residential Water Use in the new issue of NC State Economist

The new July/August 2012 Issue of NC State Economist is entitled “Residential Water Use: Evaluating the Water Manager’’s Toolkit for Promoting Conservation.”

It is written by Laura Taylor, Director of NC State University’’s Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy.

This and earlier issues of the NC State Economist can be found at
July 2012_Economist – residential water use.pdf


Value of Nature on Publicly Managed Open Space in Wake County

May 2012 – Amelia Schmidt
Calculating the Value of Nature on Publicly Managed Open Space in Wake County, North Carolina: An Ecosystem Service Valuation

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The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds

The Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds

an excerpt-

Healthy intact watersheds provide many ecosystem services that are necessary for our social and

economic well-being. These services include water filtration and storage, air filtration, carbon storage,
nutrient cycling, soil formation, recreation, food and timber. Many of these services have not been
monetized and therefore the economic contributions of healthy intact ecosystems are often under-valued

when making land use decisions. Ecosystem services provided by healthy watersheds are difficult to
replace and most often very expensive to engineer (see chart). An engineered ecosystem service
replacement may only provide a fraction of the services provided by highly functioning natural


Preventing impairments in healthy watersheds protects valuable ecosystem services that provide
economic benefits to society and prevent expensive replacement and restoration costs. Maintaining
riparian connectivity and natural processes in the landscape provide a supporting network for

ecological integrity, ensuring the sustainable and cost effective provision of clean water over time.

Please see the 4 page factsheet for all the details

EPA 841-N-12-004


Consensus in Education Decision Making


Is Consensus the Answer?

Each month, in partnership with Fierce in the Schools, the Learning Forward Blog will be publishing an exclusive article for our Fierce blog. Our guest writer is Stephanie Hirsh, the Executive Director of Learning Forward, Please visit the Learning Forward Blog, hosted by Education Week, to read more of their blog posts.

For the past 25 years and with very few exceptions, Learning Forward’s Board of Trustees has made every decision by consensus. When I share this with people, the typical reaction is shock. How in the world are they able to do that and fulfill their obligations as board members? That the board meets just twice a year and has much to accomplish in a short time frame makes it all the more surprising that they are able to reach consensus so consistently. Read more…

NSCU Economic Study Shows Wildlife Refuges Raise Property Values

Wildlife Refuges Raise Property Values, Study Shows


Beyond the scenic views or flora and fauna, metropolitan area homeowners who live near a national wildlife refuge now have a different reason to appreciate the proximity. Research shows that such homes have higher property values than those that are farther from a reserve.

A water hole at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Triangle Business Journal Clean & Green awards

Triangle Business Journal Clean & Green awards



Triangle Business Journal‘s Clean & Green Awards will honor those in the Triangle who make efforts to incorporate environmentally sustainable and smart energy practices into their businesses and communities. By doing so, they show others how to strengthen the environmental health of our region.


JULY 11, 2012

Wake Names Joseph Threadcraft Environmental Services Director – March 2012

Mr. Joseph Threadcraft, P.E., has been selected as the Director of Wake County Environmental Services, Deputy County Manager Joe Durham announced today. He will begin work with the County on Monday, March 26, 2012.

Threadcraft is a registered Professional Engineer in both Alabama and Georgia. Most recently, he has been a private consultant with TEI in Alabama, where he worked on civil engineering contracts with the City of Albany, Albany State University and Ft. Valley State University.

“Joseph Threadcraft has significant experience in creating and maintaining public and private partnerships, which will provide a good fit for the challenges facing Wake County Environmental Services,” said Durham.

Threadcraft’s experience also includes engineering design and construction management on large tunnel projects in Atlanta, working with the EPA and serving as the vice president of technical services for the Alabama State Port Authority. During his time with the Authority, he was responsible for water resources, engineering, and environmental health and safety. He also represented the Authority’s technical and environmental interests (working with federal, state and local government) for the development and construction of the Choctaw Point Terminal Project.

In addition, Threadcraft has served the public as the Assistant Director of Engineering for the City of Albany, Georgia, and Assistant City Engineer for the City of College Park, Georgia.

As the County’s Environmental Services Director, Threadcraft will oversee the Animal Control, Solid Waste Management, Water Quality, and Environmental Health and Safety Divisions.

Joseph Threadcraft holds an MBA from Albany State University; Master of Civil Engineering from Norwich University; BS in Civil Engineering Technology from Florida A&M University; and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Construction Management at Indiana State University.

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