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The image accompanying this story Appalachian student builds and sells electric tricycles

Senior Tommy Ausherman was looking for a quick, safe ride to class each day. What developed not only got him to school on time, it's now become a business.

He builds and sells electric-powered, recumbent tricycles through a company he founded with two friends called FFR Trikes—which stands for Fast, Far, Real. "I was riding my bike to class but wanted something that could keep up with traffic," he said.

Their model is built to travel at 30 mph, in keeping with North Carolina law. It can travel up to 50 miles on one charge. Recharging the battery takes less than an hour, and he's working on how to cut that down to 30 minutes.

"About 10 cents of...

Nature always in flux along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Many types of plants and animals once native to the region constantly disappear, victims of disease and invasive pests.

By Diane Tennant | The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot

On a Virginia mountainside, in a location too valuable to reveal, ecologist Chris Ulrey knelt next to Orchid No. 10.

"It's alive," he said. "It's got three fruits, three flowers."

He consulted his notebook. "Last year, it had one stem and a double flower."

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Green and Solar Home Tour held Oct. 16

Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm · By ASU News 

BOONE – High Country residents are invited to participate in the “Boone Green and Solar Home Tour” on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  The cost is $5 for students and $15 for the general public.   Some transportation will be provided but participants will be encouraged to car pool to drive to the various tour sites together.

Registration and the tour will start at Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon facility located at 1100 East King St. (the former Mitsubishi Dealership in the New Market area). Event coordinators will provide an overview of the tour and information on the various sites...

Appalachian awarded funds to support wind energy education in the public schools

Posted October 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm · By ASU News 

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Department of Technology has been awarded $59,951 for the first year of a potential three-year project through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America’s Wind for Schools project. The award will be used to develop educational programs to improve understanding of wind technology and install a small wind turbine at three schools in the state.

“We will work with teachers and students in public schools throughout the state to introduce wind energy educational materials in the curriculum and help select schools raise money to install a small wind turbine on their school campus,” said...

Map of region Blue Ridge Outdoors Names Appalachian a "Cool School"

BRO’S Honor Roll of the Region’s Greenest Colleges and Universities

We did our homework for this assignment. Blue Ridge Outdoors researched, interviewed, and examined all of the region’s colleges and universities to determine which schools are not just teaching about a better world but also are actually doing something about it. Over the past year, Blue Ridge Outdoors talked with students and administrators, conducted surveys, and investigated energy use on college campuses across the Southeast. Then we used strict criteria in nine categories to evaluate each school. Did your college or university make the grade?

 

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Princeton Review logo Appalachian named “green college” by Princeton Review

BOONE—Appalachian State University has been included in The Princeton Review’s first “Guide to Green Colleges.”

In an effort to recognize the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country, The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has released “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges” – the first, free comprehensive guidebook solely focused on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

The guide is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide....

BRP Logo Boone celebrates the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary

The Town of Boone will celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway’s anniversary with activities ranging from a guided bike ride on the Parkway, barbecue and bluegrass downtown, and a Headwaters Hike guided by Upper Watauga Riverkeepers. 

For details on these and other anniversary events this summer, check out the calendar of events at the Blue Ridge Parkway 75 website.  

People in the outdoors President signs Blowing Rock, BRP land swap

The Blue Ridge Parkway has grown by nearly 200 acres with the stroke of a pen by President Obama. 

A land swap between the Town of Blowing Rock and the National Park Service put into motion almost a decade ago by CTNC was finalized on May 24 with the president’s signature on a bill sponsored by the entire North Carolina congressional delegation. 

The town wanted to acquire about 20 acres of Blue Ridge Parkway property that include its drinking water reservoir, but the outright sale of federal land is complex and difficult. So CTNC purchased the 192-acre Johns River Gorge in 2001 and sold it to the town’s government, with the intention that...


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