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North Carolina seventh in green jobs by Environmental Entrepreneurs

Published 7:06pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rutherford Regional Diabetes fair

Rutherford Regional’s Diabetes Department will host a Diabetes Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The free fair will be held in the Norris-Biggs Classroom at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.

The fair will include health screenings and information from exhibitors from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a diabetes speaker from 7 to 8 p.m. The speaker, Drew Rainwater of South Carolina, will share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies.

Rainwater will cover topics including achieving good glucose control, learning about effective self-management, developing a balanced and healthy lifestyle, planning and prioritizing diabetes management, overcoming fears surrounding diabetes and finding resources for diabetes support. No registration is required for this event, and for more information, call 828-286-5062 or email


WNC School of Nursing grant

Western Carolina University’s (WCU) School of Nursing is the recipient of nearly $700,000 in federal grant funding to help address a shortage of primary health care providers in Western North Carolina.

The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $349,877 annually over a two-year period to increase student enrollment in WCU’s specialized master’s degree program for family nurse practitioners.

The funding will be used to support second- and third-year graduate students in the university’s FNP program by providing up to $11,000 annually to each student to help defray the cost of education, including assistance with the cost of tuition, fees, books and reasonable living expenses.

For more information about the FNP master’s degree, contact Jessica Shirley, director of student services for WCU’s School of Nursing, at 828-654-6506 office or

– source: Bill Studenc, WCU


North Carolina seventh in green jobs

More than 10,800 jobs were announced in the clean energy sector and related industries in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest analysis by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

The top 10 green job states in the third quarter of 2012 were (from No.1 to No. 10): California, New York, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and Nevada.

While significant, the job growth was dramatically less than in the previous two quarters of this year – despite an improving economy.

– press release from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)


New Mexico company seeks to open solar power project

Amenergy Inc., a Santa Fe, N.M. company, recently asked the state of North Carolina to approve plans for a large solar power generation project, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Amenergy Inc. hopes to install more than 90,000 solar panels on six tracts of private land at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville. The plant would be capable of producing more than 21 megawatts of electricity for sale to regional power provider Progress Energy.


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