I’ve learned many insights into the Research Triangle Region (@TriangleRegion) community, Research Triangle Park (@RTP) businesses and environmentally conscious nonprofit organizations as a guest blog contributor for Triangle Air Awareness (@TriangleAir).
Here are highlights from an interview with Dick Sloane, an employee services specialist, with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (@NIEHS) and one of the original Business Coalition members and partners of Triangle Air.
With offices in RTP, NIEHS wanted to be an active participant in the Research Triangle community.
NIEHS and Triangle Air Awareness share a common goal: to promote a healthy environment.
As a Triangle Air Business Coalition member, NIEHS receives such benefits as learning new approaches, discovering new resources, sharing best practices and networking with other like minded organizations.
The environmental efforts of NIEHS include:
- Early adoption and launch of a recycling program with on-site collection
- Encouraging telecommuting and carpooling in the early 90s
- Recycle food and waste from their cafeteria into a compost, which is then used to fertilize their gardens
- Solar collectors, and
- A natural habitat for wildlife with a self-guided nature trail.