Posts filed under ‘Woodcroft’

New Bicycle Transportation Trainers Get Pumped

From left to right, back row: Joanne Fairhurst; Scott Rodgers; Gretchen Gehrke; Instructor Adrian Fletcher; Brandon Jozwiak; Program manager Ninna Gagnon; Durham Bike Co-op volunteer Robert Walpole. Front row: Janet Hitti; Debbie West (Michael Brooks-absent)

Seven new Bicycle Transportation Trainers recently graduated from Clean Energy Durham’s training program, which equips them to train neighbors and community members about bike transportation, maintenance, and safety.  The Trainers also learn about organizing fun, educational neighborhood events to get their neighbors pedaling to work, for exercise, to save money, and the sheer joy of riding a bike.  Bicycle Transportation Trainers go through 14 hours of training where they learn basic maintenance skills: fixing flats, adjusting brakes, fine-tuning gears, etc.  In addition, they learn outdoor biking skills, such as quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turns.

Congratulations to our latest Bicycle Transportation Trainers: Gretchen Gehrke and Joanne Fairhurst from Morehead Hill, Janet Hitti and Michael Brooks from Parkwood, Debbie West and Brandon Jozwiak from Woodcroft and Scott Rodgers from Hope Valley North. (more…)

May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

South Durham Green Neighbors’ Bus Trip

On a sunny June day, six neighbors from South Durham took a bus trip around our fabulous Bull City. Their trip started with hopping on the #7 DATA bus at the corner of Fayetteville Road & Woodcroft Parkway, and taking it to Durham Station.  There they caught the Bull City Connector and checked out the bus line to the end, each way.  They got off at Golden Belt and toured the artist studios.  When lunch time approached they took the bus back to Ninth Street Bakery for some tasty food.  Not far from there lies the Durham Arts Council as well as the Carolina Theatre.  Several of the bus riders walked to the theatre for a tour.  On the way back everyone talked about what a great day they had in Durham taking the bus.  The bus drivers were friendly and helpful, and their fellow passengers gave good tips along the way!

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August 25, 2011 at 9:53 am 1 comment

CFL Tips

I recently received this e-mail inquiry from a neighbor who hosted a household energy workshop in her home.

I have a new box [of CFLs]…  On the back it says ‘base up position only.’  Does this mean I can’t use them in fixtures that point to the side?

Some mini-CFLs say ‘not for enclosed fixtures,’ while others do not.  Can they be used in enclosed fixtures?

My son put them in all of his ceiling spot lights.  He has a new house and yet they burned out quickly.  Before I replace all my spotlights I’d like to know—will they will last?  Any ideas?

Let me shed some light on this issue – pun most certainly intended!

There is not a great answer to this.  The fact is that the electronics are in the base, and heat rises, so if the glass tube is pointing down the heat will rise and can lead to premature failure of the bulb.  This is less of an issue if the bulb is sideways.  Also, if bulbs are enclosed, the fixture inside can get hot and lead to premature failure.  The basic summary of this is that CFLs tend to perform the best, in terms of life of the bulb, when the base is down and the glass tube is up (i.e. in a table lamp).

All this said, I think the SEVERITY of the premature failure has to do with the quality of the bulb.  I say this because I have not seen this issue to be the case in my enclosed spotlight fixtures and enclosed fixtures that have CFLs.  The brand I happen to use in my house is the Home Depot in-house brand called EcoSmart.  But then again, maybe I have just been lucky.

I know that it is annoying if they burn out, but a bright spot is that most CFLs carry a 2-year warranty against premature failure—so if you save the box (or even better your receipt tucked inside the empty box) you can either return it to the store or call the manufacturer and they will usually send you a new pack no questions asked.


March 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Woodcroft Neighbors Learning More and More About Energy

Neighors sealing windows

Clean Energy Durham completed the third in a series of “Learn Do Teach Track” workshops in Woodcroft last week.  Neighbors gathered at the home of host Abbie-Stuart Fox, where they learned and did energy-saving projects around her home.  Each neighbor took a turn sealing leaky windows—folks were amazed at how easy it was to fix leaky windows without costly window replacement!  These workshops are so successful because neighbors learn together, do projects, and help share ideas.  One neighbor mentioned using a leaf blower to help clear her clogged dryer vent—now that’s creative thinking and sharing!

Thank you Abbie-Stuart for being an energy leader in your Woodcroft neighborhood!


October 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Woodcroft Neighborhood Activity Growing

“Autumn Fresh” by Matt Tomko

Woodcroft neighbors have hosted several Clean Energy Durham workshops as part of their Green Living in Woodcroft group, which was formed early this year.  Now they have combined forces with Woodlake, Parkwood, Grandale Place, and Meadowmont to form a new group called South Durham Green Neighbors.  Close to 3,500 households live in the area represented by the new group.  South Durham Green Neighbors will be offering new neighborhood workshops based on the Northwest Earth Institute.  The programs this fall will focus on where food comes from (9/14, 7:00 pm at the South Regional Library); the health impact of lawn care, cleaning, and other consumer choices (9/16, 7:00 pm at the Woodcroft Professional Center, Suite K); and exploring the natural world (also on 9/16, 7:00 pm at the Woodcroft Professional Center, Suite K).  For details, contact Ann Deupree or Cathy Starkweather.

September 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm 3 comments

Woodcroft’s First Clean Energy Forward Workshop

Super Trainer Diana talks to Woodcroft neighbors about energy efficient clothes drying. Photo by Jesse Lamarre-Vincent.

Woodcroft’s new neighborhood energy group hosted its first workshop last Saturday at the home of Cindy Streett. Eleven neighbors gathered for a 3-hour hands-on demonstration of no-cost and low-cost energy-saving techniques taught by Clean Energy Durham Super Trainer volunteers Diana Peronis and Robert Kamara.

Neighbors caulked and weatherstripped and learned simple do-it-yourself ways to save money on their energy bills. “My favorite part of the workshop was learning which kind of caulk is best to put around window frames to prevent drafts,” remarked host Cindy Streett.

Congratulations to Woodcroft neighbors for getting organized to save energy!

March 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Green Living in Woodcroft

Woodcroft is criss-crossed by an extensive network of trails, and connects to the American Tobacco Trail.

Thirty-eight Woodcroft neighbors turned out on the cold and rainy evening of January 21st to hear from Clean Energy Durham representatives how to organize a neighborhood energy group and to discuss other green activities. Sponsored by the new neighborhood group Green Living in Woodcroft, the gathering generated numerous ideas about moving forward with a “neighbors helping neighbors” model. As a result of the meeting, several Woodcroft volunteers are working with Clean Energy Durham to plan neighborhood workshops on no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy.

January 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

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