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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

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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.


Marie Poteat, a member of the roundtable. She spoke about native plants at the April LWL. Resources you may find useful are plant resources in pdf format and the top ten native plants list.

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.

Outside events

UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion 2019-2020

August 29, Weatherspoon - Paris to Pittsburgh

Sept 19, location TBA - Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia

Oct 17, Weatherspoon - The Human Element

Jan 30, Weatherspoon - A Quest for Meaning

Feb 27, location TBA - The River and the Wall

Mar 26, location TBA - UNCG Sustainability Shorts

ALL films start at 6:30 and include post screening discussion.

Action Alerts

Position of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina about seismic testing.

June 6, 2019

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina joins numerous environmental and community organizations at least 30 coastal communities, and Governor Cooper in opposing seismic testing off the North Carolina Coast.

This loud process, which is used to identify oil and gas deposits, paves the way for offshore drilling. However, it is not just oil and gas exploitation that is at issue; seismic testing has its own negative consequences and its use must be critically evaluated. According to numerous studies, seismic testing affects the behavior of marine mammals and it is harmful for fisheries, whales, dolphins and the fish and zooplankton that form the foundation of the ocean food web. In 2016, NOAA, stated that pulses of sound above 160 decibels cause marine mammals to change their behavior. And for chronic, continuous, noise, the benchmark is 120 decibels. The six seismic proposals for the Atlantic will involve continuous testing for many months with decibel levels that exceed these parameters and that travel for many miles in our ocean waters.

We ask that you consider recently published reports that offer cautionary tales about the impact on marine life. For example, studies have found that time-of-year and area restrictions would be needed to protect the Right Whales and other marine mammals from the effects of seismic testing (Brandon et al., 2019). In addition, mitigation for turtle nesting, foraging, and migration would be required(Nelms et al., 2016).Impact on fish and invertebrates requires further study, as suggested in multiple reports (Carrol et al., 2017; Paxton et al., 2017; Tollefson, 2017; Popper et al., 2014; and more).

Seismic testing is not consistent with the North Carolina Coastal Management Plan, which strives to conserve and manage the known resources of our coastal waters that are home to the nearly $5 billion fishery and tourism industries. It is also not consistent with preserving and safeguarding our offshore ecosystems and ensuring that marine life is protected.

We agree with Governor Cooper's assessment that "opening North Carolina's coast to oil and gas exploration and drilling, which requires seismic testing, would bring unacceptable risks to our economy, our environment, and our coastal communities -- and for little potential gain." Please consider the evidence and opt for a precautionary stance, which means not approving these seismic permits.

Jo Nicholas

President, League of Women Voters of North Carolina

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