“With the exception of some high-flying migrant species, nature doesn't commute to work.” - Janine Benyus, Biomimicry

Aquinas College

North Carolina



Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center- U.S. Department of Energy

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organizationís mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

Increase in Renewable Energy Funding

Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina has signed a bill that allows the state to sell credits obtained through the Energy Policy Act of 1992. These credits were obtained because the State's Department of Transportation purchases B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% regular diesel blend). The money earned from credit sales will be used to create a fund for the purchase of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and infrastructure development by state agencies. The state also extended a 35% tax credit for renewable energy equipment until 2011.

State Government

North Carolina's "Project Green" began in Fall of 1998 to set an example of environmental stewardship in the way governmental agencies operate and conduct business. Many initiatives have since been put into place, such as making all state cars run wholly or partially on renewable fuel and sponsoring art exhibits that display artwork by inmates.

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