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After Action Report on the Fall 2021 FHA/Green Scene Annual Fall 3-in-1 Community Recycling Event


First, a big THANK  YOU to Pam, Maggie, Gene, Beryl, Leigh, Jon, Mark, Maarten, Marilyn and Bill for your time and energy this past Saturday morning, as well as for some of the pre-event preparations.  Needless to say, we couldn't have made it happen without your support.

Thanks, too, to Susie Eckblad for posting the publicity posters in all the community mail kiosks.  And, of course, to Amy Ghiloni, on behalf of ReMax United Realty, for her generous financial sponsorship.

Your pooled effort resulted in the removal of 5,400 pounds ( two and three quarters TONS ) of unwanted, shredded, paper from our file cabinets, garages, and attics. That paper is on it's way to a facility in Georgia that will convert it into "toilet tissue"  -  some of which just might find it's way back into our community in that much-valued form.

The Chatham County Sheriff's people collected more than 45 pounds of "unwanted medications."  That may not sound like a lot  -  until you do some math ( as I did ) and figure out that that is more than 22,000 pills.  Pills that won't be flushed down the toilet to contaminate Jordan Lake, or put in the garbage to contaminate a land fill.

And, by checking  -  and re-charging when necessary  -  dozens of community fire extinguishers, the folks from the United Fire and Safety Equipment Company have helped to make Fearrington a safer place to live.

So now you can all relax and enjoy the upcoming Holidays  -  and get ready for our next "3-in-1" Event on the third Saturday in May, 2022 (May 21, 2022).

THANK  YOU, again, for your help !

Jason Welsch, Moderator


greenscenetiny Our Most Recent Meeting Was Held On October 13, 2021

11:00 am The Gathering Place
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If you have any questions or comments about this meeting, contact Jason Welsch, Moderator directly.

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After taking time off for the summer months, since the world is still turning, and the environment is still very much in need, The Green Scene resumed in person meetings beginning Wednesday, October 13, from 11:00 AM till Noon.  We met with masks in the Gathering Place. We discussed plans for the Saturday, October 16, FHA/Green Scene Annual Fall "3-in-1" Recycling Event taking place in the Gathering Place parking lot from 9:00 AM till Noon.

As most of you know, this event is an opportunity for Fearrington residents to shred unwanted documents, have their fire extinguishers checked out, and dispose of unwanted medications.

We also reviewed the status of our wastewater treatment facility, including some developments concerning proposals before the Chatham County Board of Commissioners concerning possible neighboring wastewater treatment facilities. Rose Krasnow, FHA Vice-President presented a detailed update on the status of the pending application before the Chaptham County Planning Board filed by partners in Congruus, LLC, which hopes to develop the nearby Fearrington Preserve community.


The Annual Fall FHA/Green Scene Community Recycling Event Was Held On Saturday, October 16, 2021

This Event Was Sponsored by the FHA and by Fearrington Resident Amy Ghiloni.


Complete Details Are Posted on Our Blog.

REMEMBER that we are no longer able to accept Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at our Spring & Fall Community Recycling Events; however, the County Will Accept Such Waste on This Same Day.

One of Chatham County’s 2021 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events was held on this same day (October 16, 2021) at the County’s Main Recycling Facility approximately 13 miles from Fearrington Village, at [click the address for a MAP28 County Services Road, (which is just 6 miles west of Pittsboro, off Hwy 64), between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the following schedule:

After this October event, there will be one more REMAINING 2021 COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENT on Saturday, November 19th.

Important: For information on what specific items are accepted by the County's HHW program, be sure to visit their website:


The GREEN SCENE is a component of the Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA) with a mission to actively encourage village residents to consider and act on major environmental issues and also to reduce their consumption of energy, water, and other resources, reuse goods and supplies, and recycle whenever possible. Open to interested residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge. No dues.

To Receive GREEN SCENE Email Newsletters Containing Meeting Agendas, Environmental Announcements, and Program Notices, SIGN-UP HERE.  Currently, there are approximately 154 subscribers.

Who's on the logo? 

The Fearrington Green Scene banner is a collage of postage stamps of some of the intellectual giants who have helped us to understand the natural world: John and William Bartram, John James Audubon, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau and John Muir. Click on the banner to see a larger version.


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Saving Chatham County, NC Trees -- Some Background Resources

Pittsboro Land Cover Ecoanalysis Summary ReportSee this four-PAGE SUMMARY REPORT OF PITTSBORO, NC: LAND COVER CHANGE ANALYSIS AND URBAN TREE CANOPY ASSESSMENT for some data on the tree canopy, which some believe is seriously threatened.

From the introduction section of this report: "The increasing accessibility of tools for local government planners, such as canopy assessments, provides previously unavailable information to determine the effect of a proposed landscape change. Data that describes the existing land cover and how it functions to manage air and water quality and the economic value of those services can now be included in the costs and benefits of any planning process. This can help ensure that the priorities and values of the entire community are addressed."

Also, visit the Haw River Association (HRA) website pages on Chatham Park for suggestions on how members of the community can respond.  Scroll down to read "Where are the Trees?"

Promising Initiatives to Offset Global Climate Change Effects

By Maarten Simon Thomas

NC2025.CleanPathLogoThe United States has been hit by numerous so-called “hundred year” and “five hundred year” storms in the last few years. There have been more devastating forest fires in the last decade than in recorded history. Street flooding in many parts of the nation, particularly on the East Coast has become a weekly event, let alone flooding during extreme weather events. And there does not appear to be an end in sight. Meanwhile, the current administration in Washington D.C. is in denial about global climate change and in fact is on track to stimulate coal production and fracked oil and gas production. 

But amid all of this bad news, there is also some hopeful news that can be credited to our local energy watchdog NC WARN. Based on members recommendations, this organization took the initiative to sponsor engineer Bill Powers (see also reference 1 below) to prepare a blueprint for North Carolina, which resulted in this online 2017 report: North Carolina Clean Path 2025: Achieving and Economical Clean Energy Future

The bottom line of the initiative is that it will save NC billions of dollars that Duke Energy plans to spend to build power plants by rendering these unnecessary, while at the same time creating thousands of jobs and rapidly replacing fossil fuel power with proven clean energy, battery storage, and energy-saving programs.

On November 17th, NC WARN organized a workshop where progress made with the implementation of Clean Path 2025 as well as an update of the report were presented.  Here are some of the highlights:


There are many more examples of places where the combination of renewable energy generation and storage are resulting in guaranteed low electrical rates by avoiding investments in power plants, which in many cases are only needed to provide energy peaks during extreme heat or cold. The added advantage of “islanding” is substantial, particularly where the supply of electricity is frequently interrupted due to above ground line damage. Communities that already have all or their lines buried, like Fearrington, are perfect for such a microgrid approach.  In fact, one can easily imagine this significantly reduced chance of outages to be a selling point for a developer. 

The NC Clean Path 2025 report including an executive summary is referenced below (ref. 6).







Short Summary (with hotlinks) of The U.S. 4th National Climate Assessment (October 2018)

US Global Climate Change Summary Oct2018

Click on the graphic above to open our brief 7-page summary of the key findings from the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report (The U.S. 4th National Climate Assessment released in late October 2018). This short summary contains hot links to specific sections of the full detailed report.

Short Summary (with hotlinks) of the October 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC/ Poland)

UN IPCC Climate Conference Poland Summary Oct2018

Click on the graphic above to open our brief 6-page summary of the key findings from the October 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC/ Poland). This short summary contains hot links to specific sections of the full detailed report.

[Opinion] The Trump Administration Has Announced an Interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 That Would Give a Free Pass for All Bird Deaths from Industrial Activities.

BirdNestingAreaDoNotEnterAt the March 14, 2018 meeting of THE GREEN SCENE, members voted unanimously to send the following letter to our Congressman and our two Federal Senators (Tillis and Burr).

"We are members of the Fearrington Green Scene, a Village residents' group that encourages our community to be responsible stewards of the environment.  We take active steps to reduce consumption of energy, water, and other resources, reuse goods and supplies, and recycle whenever possible.

"We are concerned with your party's focus on de-regulation of environmental safeguards, particularly those affecting migratory birds.

"Since taking office last year, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with your help — has targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including policies aimed at protecting birds.

"To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 60 environmental rules.

"The Interior Department issued a legal memorandum ruling that businesses which kill nongame migratory birds during their operations are not in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The opinion is a reversal of the policies of 18 previous administrations that prosecuted industries for killing or failing to safeguard migratory birds in their operations.

"The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is America’s most important bird protection law. Passed in 1918 with the support of early conservationists, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) protects nearly all of our country’s native birds. The law carries out the 1916 Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada, and later treaties signed with Mexico, Japan, and Russia, in order to protect our nation’s shared bird species. The MBTA is credited with saving numerous species from extinction, such as the Snowy Egret, Wood Duck, and Sandhill Crane, and millions, if not billions of other birds.

"Yet, even as we celebrate 100 years of the law in 2018—the Year of the Bird—the MBTA has come under attack. The Trump administration announced an interpretation of the MBTA that would give a free pass for all bird deaths from industrial activities, and similar legislative proposals have been advanced in Congress.

"We urge you to defend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Birds cannot vote, but birdwatchers do, and it is a rare person who does not enjoy the presence of birds.

"We look forward to hearing from you on this urgent topic."

Clean Jordan Lake Needs More Management Volunteers

A message from Fran DiGiano

"I founded Clean Jordan Lake ( in 2009. Our mission is to remove trash from the shoreline and prevent its recurrence. Trash destroys natural habitats, injures wildlife, and degrades both aesthetics and water quality. We've attracted 5,300 volunteers to 285 cleanup events of all types. Over 12,000 bags of trash and 4,000 tires have been removed. Our work must continue because every new rainfall flushes more trash off the vast watershed. With no paid staff and growing community interest in our mission, we need volunteers to help with management such as finances; press releases and social media blogs; liaison with 18 groups in our Adopt-A-Shoreline and Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Programs; and for those physically able, leadership of cleanups by corporations, businesses, civic and school groups. We also plan to expand our Board of Directors. If interested, please email me or call 919-200-1079.

Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society

Shining Rewards Solar EnergySolar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, Environment NCenough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.

One policy in particular, net energy metering, has been instrumental in the growth of solar energy, particularly on homes and businesses. Net energy metering enables solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid and makes “going solar” an affordable option for more people. Net energy metering works by providing customers a credit on their electric bill that offsets charges for energy consumption. As solar energy has taken off in recent years, however, utilities and other special interests have increasingly attacked net metering as an unjustified “subsidy” to solar users.

A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.  READ MORE....

 Managing the Environment of Your Crawl Space

Alex Glenncrawl spaceNOTE: For those residents who missed the presentation about crawlspace environment management, which is described in this article, all of the key information can be found here:

The website includes very informative videos, some of which were shown as part of the presentation.

The GREEN SCENE sponsored a program at The Gathering Place for those who have wondered about how to manage the environment in their residential crawl space, which can have a dramatic effect on the living area; for example, heat or cold entering through the floor, mold formation, allergies, and asthma.

The program featured a presentation by Alex Glenn, an expert from non-profit Advanced Energy, a planning, technical and engineering services firm that provides market-based energy solutions to utilities, manufacturers, government regulators, and contractors. Alex typically trains commercial installers on the best strategies and methods for properly managing micro-atmospheric conditions in residential sub-basements and crawl spaces.

Most homeowners have little knowledge of what's involved in properly managing the environment under their home. Alex explained the basics of the science involved in managing such conditions so a homeowner can have some reference points when considering best options for their proper crawl space management. This was an educational, informative program. He was not selling any product, installation, or contractor service.

Alex has a comprehensive background in residential construction and building performance, including diagnostic and energy evaluations of both new and existing homes. His presentation was underwritten by a grant from Duke Energy Progress. As with all GREEN SCENE programs, this presentation was free to all interested Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge residents. Free drinks and snacks were served after the presentation.

Advanced Energy LogoAbout Advanced Energy: Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., Advanced Energy is a planning, technical and engineering services firm that provides market-based energy solutions. They work with electric utilities, state, federal and local governments, manufacturers and a wide variety of public and private partners. Advanced Energy offers program design and implementation, consulting, training, testing and research to provide market-based energy-related solutions for our five markets: Buildings, Industrial, Motors and Drives, Renewables and Transportation

Handbook Resource: How to Respond to Climate Change Deniers

SethBookCoverSeth Darling Spoke at McIntyre's Bookstore.

You don't need a degree in science to understand the basic principles of climate change, but you do need to have some facts straight. That’s the premise from two Argonne National Laboratory scientists who have now written a book, How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate, that gives us those facts. Scientists Seth Darling and Douglas Sisterson joined WBEZ-FM Chicago Public Radio's host of the weekday "Afternoon Shift" program and phone-in callers to discuss the science of climate change and how to refute false, non-evidence-based arguments commonly covered by many politicians, the popular media, and heard in everyday life.  Hear the authors in this 41 minute WBEZ-FM Chicago broadcast of August 25, 2014.

Visit the publisher’s site featuring more information and reviews.

How Green Is Our Village?

Read about our this project and see the GREEN FEARRINGTON Interactive Map. To be a participant and add your own green profile, complete our five-minute profile. If survey participants grant permission on the form, they receive the coveted Green Dot on their mailbox and on the map.

Information on Nearby Chatham Park Development Project (Pittsboro)

Chatham Park Investors, a private development group,  has submitted a Master Plan for an assemblage of approximately 7,120 acres consisting of 106 parcels located between the corporate limits of the Town of Pittsboro and the waters of the Haw River and Jordan Lake. 

For scale: the current corporate limits of Pittsboro contains about 2,541 acres. Briar Chapel contains around 1,589 acres.  The proposed development would be the size of 4.4 Briar Chapels in land area, and about 9 Briar Chapels by number of proposed dwelling units at the time of full build out.

After full build-out, the project would likely increase Pittsboro's population to over 60,000 people.

Populations of other NC municipalities in this population range:
Kannapolis      43,141
Huntersville     48,463
Wilson            49,122
Burlington       51,263
Rocky Mount    57,275
Chapel Hill       58,076

Chatham Park Development Master Plan Documents, Including Maps

Preston Development: Developer of Chatham Park in Pittsboro

Developer's 9 Minute Promotional Video on Chatham Park Project

Recent Energy-Related Items of Interest

See this short video about an impressive Boulder, CO grassroots David and Goliath campaign to create a landmark model for how communities can take control of their energy future. See their impressive crowd fund sourcing campaign site. This is an excellent example of the new economic experiments being built by dedicated citizens who realize that the old Industrial Revolution's economic legacy of economic and political power being ever-more concentrated into the top 1% of the richest people at the expense of the 99% of others has to be replaced with more citizen-owned and controlled central institutions in order to serve people's needs rather than greed (in this case of major utility corporations).

Fearrington Habitat Restoration

A Project of The Fearrington Green Scene.  Blog Developed by Gus Reed. Check out this excellent site.

What is Your Water Footprint?

This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!  This calculator relies on US national averages and approximations and is for people living in the US. This calculator was developed by GRACE Communications Foundation (GRACE) – a non-profit dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system. 

"Through a series of simple questions about daily routines, this innovative and engaging calculator accounts for not only the water we use from the tap but also the water it takes to produce the food we eat, the energy we use and the products we buy. Created with a dynamic and adaptive interface, the calculator functions seamlessly on mobile, tablets and desktop computers. Other features include customized results, interactive graphics and the ability for users to change their answers and “play” with their results."

As part of the package, links to over 100 water-saving tips are offered to help users lower their water footprint. (One of the best ways to shrink your water footprint: Eat less meat and choose pasture-raised meat to support farmers who don’t rely largely on feed grains irrigated with limited groundwater or surface water supplies.)

Fearrington Green Scene Recommended Reading List

Compiled by Maarten Simon Thomas and Matthew Leavitt (includes hot-links to the titles)


GS tip of the month: change the filters of your heating/cooling system before and after pollen season to save energy and increase efficiency. 

Fearrington's Place in the Watershed

Regarding Fearrington’s place in the watershed, and preserving its health, several points should be kept in mind:

Among the Main factors that affect Bush Creek water Are:

What Can Fearrington Residents Do to Improve Our Watershed?

Chatham County NC Comprehensive Conservation Plans

Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility - In One Pie Chart 


By Jim Powell, published in Nation of Change on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION

Polls show that many members of the public believe that scientists substantially disagree about human-caused global warming. The gold standard of science is the peer-reviewed literature. If there is disagreement among scientists, based not on opinion but on hard evidence, it will be found in the peer-reviewed literature.

I searched the Web of Science for peer-reviewed scientific articles published between 1 January 1991 and 9 November 2012 that have the keyword phrases "global warming" or "global climate change." The search produced 13,950 articles.

A GREEN SCENE Legacy Project -- The GREEN FAIR on March 24, 2012

We hosted the 2012 Green Fair in The Gathering Place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The theme was saving energy and producing renewable energy. Local Green vendors exhibited their wares and local environmental activist groups were present as well. There was plenty of snacks, drinks, and fantastic live music. Despite the rainy weather (we were inside), many people came, shared, learned, and contributed much to living a Green life in our (extended) neighborhood. See photos taken during the 2012 fair.

Refreshments & Entertainment

Free Refreshments were provided by:

Exhibitors Included (blue text = hot-linked):

Interested in Saving on Your Home Energy Costs?

energysavingsGreen Scene members Maarten Simon Thomas, Matthew Leavitt, and past member Vickie Shea, presented a well-attended and informative session on how to research and document your own energy costs and how you can then lower them.

To view a pdf version of the slides used in that presentation, click here.

The slides include screen captures of relevant details of gas and electric energy consumption and costs appearing on the energy company accounts of several members of the Green Scene. Your own gas and electric company accounts contain your own energy use data; therefore, those slides will serve as examples to show you what you will see when you bring up your own records that will contain your own data. Note that where you see usernames on those demonstration slides (sometimes as an email address), you will need to substitute your own username/email address when you visit your own gas and/or electric account/s).

If you have any questions about any aspect of the slides, please contact Maarten Simon Thomas and/or Matthew Leavitt. They will be happy to provide you with help and support so you can easily research your own user data and then to find ways to lower your usage and costs.