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'N.C. Coal Ash Forum I' Scheduled for Dec. 4

Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) and the UNC Charlotte Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) will hold the “N.C. Coal Ash Forum I" from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Thursday, Dec. 4, in the EPIC building. A free public information workshop will be from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Wednesday, Dec. 3. Billed as an interactive forum, the event will give all stakeholders an opportunity to talk about the impact of the recently enacted coal ash management legislation and to facilitate future informed decisions around remediation and clean-up, stated organizers.

The Dec. 4 agenda will feature a keynote address by John Daniels, chair of the Lee College Department of Civil Environmental Engineering in the Lee College of Engineering. Panel discussions include "Where Policy Meets Practice" with Reps. Chuck McGrady, Rick Catlin and Mike Hagar joined by practice scientist and engineers; "Coal Ash Pond Closures: Considerations and Best Practices," with regional and national experts in the engineering and construction fields; and "Beneficial Use, Encapsulated Structural Fills and other Sustainable Approaches to Coal Ash Management" that will feature a discussion on current practices and innovative technologies.

Students Participate in Habitat Projects

This fall, UNC Charlotte students took part in several efforts to benefit Habitat for Humanity, including the second on-campus homecoming build by the UNC Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Shortly after the Homecoming football game, the chapter house was moved to its permanent location in Arvin Meadows, a neighborhood off Statesville Road. The student-led Habitat chapter raised $50,000 for the on-campus build; Habitat Charlotte will coordinate volunteers to finish the house at its permanent location.

Earlier this semester, the University College partnered with Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity Home Repair operation to organize several service projects that aided local veterans, such as home restoration and providing "Welcome Home" comfort baskets. In addition, the University College offered a fall break trip in partnership with the Red Cross of Camp Lejeune, Volunteers for Communities and Disabled American Veterans. Students, again, took time to work on home repair projects for veterans.

The projects were an outgrowth of the University’s Common Reading Experience of "The Yellow Birds," authored by Iraqi war veteran Kevin Powers. The book discussed the broader impacts of war and raised awareness of issues returning veterans face. The Common Reading Experience is designed to provide a shared academic experience, offering unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives.