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Environment Roundtable

The Environmental Roundtable discusses topical environmental issues with an emphasis on those which are locally important. We educate ourselves and advocate for our environment with other environmental groups.

Contact Us

Contact us or join us by sending an email message using

Our co-chairs are Richard Feulner and Judith Hoag.

Our usual meeting time from September through May is the first Thursday of the month at 4 pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church library, 2105 W. Market St. Greensboro, NC.


Lunch with the League for April 2018 is a presentation by Marie Poteat, a member of the roundtable. She will speak about native plants. We have plant resources in pdf format and the top ten native plants list of references for her talk. We have visited several water processing plants in the area and open space areas. If you are interested in joining us, please send email as below.

We visited the School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in December, 2017. We recommend that interested persons make arrangements to visit in small groups.

If you are interested in touring the recycling facility in Greensboro, send an email to with subject Recycle. League planned trips are restricted to League members and their friends.

On March 28, 2016, several members of the ERT visited the NC A&T Farm. Farm Superintendent. Leon Moses was our guide. The ERT will visit the County Prison Farm April 5, 2018 at 10AM.

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Visit the website of Food and Water Watch to learn more about genetically modified foods and consider supporting their petition:

ACTION ALERT: Consider petitioning the city for a collection point for styrofoam.

ACTION ALERT: Help build the momentum for fair food by taking action today:

ACTION ALERT: North Carolina conservation network is targeting Phil Berger, since he has a house in Eden, to press him about water quality. Phone: 919-733-5708. Ask to speak to a staff member handling the subject.

Links to sources of information concerning water issues and to our organizational friends.

Plastics and water and other articles of interest from Clean Water for North Carolina.

On March 1, Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar of NC A&T State University explained his lab's work in using coal ash to make products, reducing the amount of coal ash that must be stored. See his PowerPoint presentation by clicking on each of these two PDF files.

Part one

Part two

The Relationship between Land Use and Vulnerability to Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution in an Urban Watershed The ERT working summary on the Jordan Lake rules provides background information.

Environmental rules reversed recently

The Saga of North Carolina's contaminated water in The Atantic

Cleaning waste water with pond scum

Green infrastructure makes for cleaner water.

Books about Sea level Rise:

Stanley Riggs, The Battle for North Carolina's Coast Elizabeth Kolbert- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything

On Line Articles: New York Times questions and answers on climate change. Quick and easy reading.

News about the CRC report. Has a photo.

See this article for a map of the Outer Banks and photos of highway 12.

Graphic and numeric data about sealevels on the coast, not just the Outer Banks.

Article about the controversy over the prediction of sea level rise. What do the residents think?

People outside the state predict sea level rise.

Citizens for Economic and Environmental Justice

Food and Water Watch

Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Library Nature and Environmental Programs

League of Conservation Voters

North Carolina Conservation Network

Piedmont Plateau Group Sierra Club

Water needed to produce various foods.

More data concerned with water footprints.

Proposed rules for fracking in NC.

Health Impacts of Coal

Solar Power Growth and Cost


Read about the plastic waste pollution and our planet in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic.

Permanent Collection Sites for Unused Medicine Now Available!

The Greensboro Police Department now offers two locations for the public to dispose of unused medication year-round. Prescription and over-the-counter pills, patches, ointments, and capsules can be deposited in secure collection boxes at two police stations: 300 S. Swing Road, and 1106 Maple Street. The boxes are accessible Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm.

Disposal Guidelines: Pills, patches, ointments, and capsules should be placed in sealed plastic bottles or bags.
Labels and any personal information should be removed from prescription medication containers. Items not accepted include liquids, medical bio hazards, sharps, and illegal drugs. Protect people, pets, the environment, and wildlife by tossing your meds safely every day of the year.

For more information, visit

Greensboro Sustainability Action Plan.

Land Development Ordinance:

2013 Census Holds Solid Numbers for NC Clean Energy

Read the full 2013 North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census report

Working Papers

These papers were generated by our members and are for the use of the roundtable. We may edit, correct, or extend as needed.

History of open space acquisition in Guilford County

Working paper on Jordan Lake