News & Events

  • Here at the Research Triangle Park, we want to hear feedback from companies and tenants in the park on what programs they have associated with S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Wildlife. Below are two links to surveys which can be completed and sent back to us to help us compile this information and better serve you in the park!

    Wildlife : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J63P6Y8

    STEM:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QZZ8626

  • It is no secret that Research Triangle Park puts a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. Many people, however, are unaware of the physical efforts that the park puts forth for this.  Did you know that within RTP there are over 40 bluebird boxes, multiple wood duck boxes, bat boxes, and even purple martin houses? Well, there are, and they recently got a facelift.

  •  — In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promises to end the planet’s reliance on fossil fuels at a fraction of the current cost – a transformation that also could blunt global warming.

    Inventor Ronald Ace said that his flat-panel “Solar Traps,” which can be mounted on rooftops or used in electric power plants, will shatter decades-old scientific and technological barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy a cheap, clean and reliable alternative.

    “This is a fundamental scientific and environmental discovery,” Ace said. “This invention can meet about 92 percent of the world’s energy needs.”

    His claimed discoveries, which exist only on paper so far, would represent such a leap forward that they are sure to draw deep skepticism from solar energy experts. But a recently retired congressional energy adviser, who has reviewed the invention’s still-secret design, said it’s “a no brainer” that the device would vastly outperform all other known solar technology.

    Ace said he is arranging for a national energy laboratory to review his calculations and that his own crude prototypes already have demonstrated that the basic physics for the invention work.

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/08/2879434/patent-filing-claims-solar-energy.html#storylink=cpy

     

  • May is Bike to Work Month and RTP is celebrating it by hosting several fun and educational events for RTP employees and the public.

    RTP Event Listing – Bike to Work Month 2013

    Event Name: Cycling Safely Lunch & Learn
    Date: May 9, 2013
    Time: 11:30am to 1pm
    Location: RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Dr.)
    Sponsor: SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Led by League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor, this session will address important cycling safety tips, including how to negotiate vehicle traffic safely. Bicycle commuters and those who are interested in traveling to work by bicycle are encouraged to attend this event.  Existing cyclists are also welcome to attend to refresh their knowledge on the topic as well as offer their own words of wisdom. Lunch will be provided. 

    Please RSVP: http://smartcommute.org/lunchandlearn

    Event: Bike to Work Month After-Hours Social
    Date: May 14, 2013
    Time: 5pm – 7pm
    Location: Serena, 5311 South Miami Blvd. Suite A
    Sponsor: SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Cyclists enjoy free appetizers, drinks, and giveaways.

    Please RSVP: https://researchtrianglepark.wufoo.com/forms/q7p0x3/

    Event: Ride of Silence
    Date: May 15, 2013
    Time: 7pm
    Location: RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Dr.)
    Hosted by: SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. The Ride of Silence (locally organized by MS Fits) is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride.

    Please RSVP: https://researchtrianglepark.wufoo.com/forms/q7p1m5/

    Event: Bike to Work Month Breakfast and Social
    Date: May 17, 2013
    Time: 7am – 9am
    Location: RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Dr.)
    Sponsor: SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Cyclists enjoy a free continental breakfast, juice, water, coffee, and giveaways. 

    Please RSVP: https://researchtrianglepark.wufoo.com/forms/q7p1w7/

    Event: RTP Food Truck Rodeo
    Date: May 23, 2013
    Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Location: RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Dr.)
    Description: This event is open to the general public, but cyclists who ride their bikes to the event will eligible for special giveaways.

     

    And to keep up with the cycling community in RTP, join the RTP Bike/Ped listserv (http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/rtp_bike_ped).

     

  • Ride Raleigh's buses for free, trade in your dish liquid or laundry detergent for an eco-friendly version, pick up a packet of flower seeds and learn how to turn your old T-shirts into high fashion.

    It's all free in celebration of Earth Day.

    Here's a roundup of just some of the Earth Day freebies available in the Triangle.

    Read more here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/centsiblesaver/roundup-of-earth-day-2013-freebies#storylink=cp
  • The presence of books in a child’s home is said to be one of the biggest predictors of academic success. Unfortunately, less than half of America’s lower income children are without a single book in their home.

     

    “Books on Break” is a program aimed to provide lower income children with reading material for the summer months when many experience “summer learning loss.”  The Research Triangle Park is joining together to try and help collect over 5,000 books for children in grades 1-6.  The books will range from picture books to short novels and both new and gently used books are accepted.  In the past this event has been a huge success, bringing together efforts from companies across RTP and helping to show what a philanthropic entity the park can be.  With combined efforts of companies and the surrounding community we have the ability to make a truly amazing difference in these children’s lives.

     

    In 2012 the program collected over 4,000 books for children in the Durham County area. This year, we hope to exceed that.

     

    There are several ways to donate books to the program: drop off at RTP headquarters (12 Davis Drive) in one of the drop off bins in our lobby, at one of the bins located at select RTP companies, or you can go online to Amazon.com and buy books from the wish list and they will be shipped directly to the drop off location (http://amzn.com/w/1HQGXBNUBPF0X ).

     

    Over 100,000 books have been placed in deserving homes through our partner Book Harvest and all of the books collected will go to benefit children in Durham Public Schools. Whether it be donating one of your old Dr. Seuss books or helping to purchase a few new books online, anything helps and makes a significant difference to these young growing minds.

     

    The program starts April 15 and will go through May 15, if you have any questions please email me at reed@rtp.org.

  • The Environment@rtp Committee organizes semi-annual electronics recycling days for employees of RTP Companies.  To date, this program has recycled 653,205 pounds (326 tons) of e-waste from employees of the Park. 

    The next electronics recycling day organized by Environment@rtp for employees of Park companies will be held April 30, 2014.

    Acceptable Materials:

    • Computer systems/monitors/peripherals (limit 3 systems per RTP employee)
    • CRT Televisions 27”or smaller (no consoles), flat panel televisions
    • Mercury thermometers/thermostats
    • Stereo/audio equipment
    • Desktop copiers/faxes
    • Cell phones
    • UPS units
    • VCRs or DVD players

     

    Materials Not Accepted:

    • CRT Televisions larger than 27”
    • Smoke detectors
    • Large Appliances
    • Office equipment (e.g. large copiers)
    • Other non-residential equipment
    • All other household hazardous waste

    Map to Nortel

    When:
    April 30, 2014
    7 am to 6 pm

    Where:
    Park Point (formerly Nortel's Gateway Facility) in RTP  
    4001 E. Chapel Hill Nelson Hwy (Hwy 54)

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    RALEIGH – Today, two leading national research institutes, RTI International and La Capra Associates, 

    Inc., released a new study, The Economic, Utility Portfolio, and Rate Impact of Clean Energy Development 

    in North Carolina, which is an economic analysis focused on the impacts of clean energy policy in the 

    state. 

    The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) commissioned the two research groups to 

    conduct an independent and objective analysis focused on key policy drivers and the economic and 

    fiscal impacts of clean energy development, and the ratepayer impacts associated with this 

    development. The study found that the key policy drivers of clean energy development in North Carolina 

    include the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), renewable energy 

    investment tax credit, and Utility Savings Initiative.

  • Recently Bald Eagles were spotted over the Netapp campus in the lower portion of the park.  These photos were submitted by employees of Netapp and you can see below the birds perched up on a snag.  Lots of people know that Bald Eagles are nationally protected and also the United State's National bird, but many don't know that North Carolina is home to many.  Jordan Lake actually is home to more Bald Eagles than anywhere else in the eastern United States.

    Next time you are outside, look to the skies and see if you can spot any of these majestic birds of prey.

    Bald Eagles Perched

  • The certification means the building meets various environmental and energy saving benchmarks. In this case, designers added a rooftop terrace to absorb carbon dioxide and generate oxygen, reducing what’s known as the “heat island effect.”