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Clean Energy Durham Helps Build Local Communities

Check out the recent press we received at a workshop we conducted in Northeast Central Durham.  Kudos to our two volunteer trainers, David Charters and Jim Wisner, for doing such a great job!

November 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Next Bull City Open Streets Coming Up Tomorrow!

Bull City Open Streets invites you to North East Central Durham
June 9th 4-7pm

During Bull City Open Streets, Driver Street, from Southgate to Ashe, will be closed to vehicle traffic, and OPEN to all on foot, bike, skate, etc.  There will be a bike rodeo for kids (4-5pm)—they will learn basic bike safety skills.  Check out the Durham police K-9 dogs, and grab a tasty and refreshing bike blended smoothie!  There will also be a zumba class, drumming performance, demonstrations of African dance, and demonstrations of skateboard tricks.  But wait, wait, there’s more…there will be a Kids Zone, where at 5pm we will have a contest for the kids in: jump ropes, hula hoops, dance off, and basketball hoops. Kids can enter a drawing to win a bike!

We hope to see you out tomorrow for some fun!  For more information and a pdf flyer.


June 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Matvey Farber: He’s Been Commuting on the Railroad

Old Five Points

Matvey Farber is not your average public transit commuter or even your average commuter—he works in Burlington.

The first time Matvey took the train was a couple of months after he started the job. He did a little research online and found that he could bicycle to Durham’s Amtrak station, have his bicycle hung in the baggage car for free, get off in Burlington and cycle to work. He finds that the reliability and timing in the morning work perfectly.

The way back to Durham takes a bit more thought. Currently there are only three trains a day that run between Burlington and Durham: morning, afternoon, and evening. His employers would probably not be thrilled if he made it a habit of leaving mid-afternoon, and usually Matvey does not want to wait to head home to his family until the evening train leaves Burlington at 7:30pm. Although he sometimes settles for taking the late train, Matvey has also discovered that during good weather he can bicycle home in two hours, thereby taking control over what time he gets home and enjoying the many perks of getting in a nice long distance ride.

The commute back to Durham without a car is a bit of a commitment, so Matvey generally drives his car to Burlington four out of five days a week. However, when your commute is 70 miles round-trip, the energy savings for taking the train one day a week are high. According to Matvey, the bottom line about commuting by train is that it only costs five bucks and he gets to relax and set aside any worries about speeding tickets or getting cut off.

If you would like to learn more about taking the train contact to be connected with Matvey.

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June 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Jayme Johnson: Bicycle Transportation Trainer

Cleveland Holloway

When Jayme was moving to Durham, she told her realtor that she wanted to buy a house three miles or less from Duke. Her realtor kept coming back with houses farther away and she told her, “You don’t get it!” Jayme had to convey to the realtor that the ability to have an environmentally friendly and pleasant commute was not something that she was willing to think of as an afterthought when committing to buying a house.

Her house hunt landed her in Tuscaloosa-Lakewood, the neighborhood from which she happily commuted by bicycle to Duke University. Last year Jayme made the move from Tuscaloosa-Lakewood to Cleveland Holloway, where she has been very impressed with the liveliness of the neighborhood and continues to enjoy a pleasant commute to Duke by bike.

As a Bicycle Transportation Trainer, Jayme is a resource to the neighborhood. Whether she is working to get kids in helmets, or fixing a flat, Jayme is living according to the values she is teaching to others.

To be connected with Jayme, contact

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June 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Clean Energy Durham Neighborhood Energy Contagion

The Northeast Central Durham (NECD) Community Outreach Specialists for Clean Energy Durham, Vicki Sneed and Iris Fisher, have NECD neighbors talking to one another about ways to save energy. Vicki and Iris have partnered with their NECD neighbors to host in home workshops and to host one-hour Basic Energy Education (BEE) workshops. The one-hour workshops were a big hit with the NECD community so Clean Energy Durham gave the workshops “premier billing” during the community outreach activities. Clean Energy Durham was very pleased to see that the workshops spiraled into a web of neighbors teaching neighbors.

Twenty-nine residents attended either a Clean Energy Durham hands-on workshop hosted by one of their neighbors or a Clean Energy Durham Basic Energy Education workshop. After attending a workshop, eight attendees were so excited about the energy information they learned at the workshop that they branched out and taught fifty-two of their neighbors about saving energy! And that’s not all! Four of these fifty-two people who were taught energy tips by their neighbors went on to teach at least one more neighbor! Clean Energy Durham is excited about this burst of neighborhood energy contagion, all within a six-month period!


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June 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Clean Energy Durham in the Durham Voice

Clean Energy Durham’s work in Northeast Central Durham (NECD) was recently featured in the Durham Voice, check it out!

March 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Matt Dudek: Biking Commuter

Matt Dudek lives in Durham’s Cleveland Holloway neighborhood, from which he commutes daily to UNC by a combination of bicycle and bus.  He either takes Triangle Transit from Durham Station or the free Robertson Scholars bus from Duke’s west campus.

Matt first started bicycling regularly as an exchange student in England.  When he returned to the USA he lived in the Boston area and commuted by rail into the city.  After he moved to Durham, the bicycle became his main mode of transportation again.  Matt has not owned a car for seven years, saving him tens of thousands of dollars.

In Cleveland Holloway you see lots of people on or working on bicycles.  Matt  says, “I have kids knocking on my door asking to borrow my tire pump all the time…It is a pretty tight neighborhood group.”  He used to volunteer regularly at the bicycle co-op to help people fix up their bicycles.  Recently, the pressures of finishing graduate school have taken that time away, but keep an eye out for Matt, because he is always glad to give bicycling tips and share his knowledge with a neighbor


February 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm 2 comments

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