News & Events

  • The Environment@rtp Committee organizes semi-annual electronics recycling days for employees of RTP Companies.  To date, this program has recycled 729,263 pounds of e-waste from employees of the Park. 

    The next electronics recycling day will be held on September 24, 2014

    Acceptable Materials:

    • Computer systems/monitors/peripherals
    • 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
    • All other household electronics excluding...

    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: September 24, 2014

    7am to 6pm

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

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

    Event Name: Bike To Work Month Breakfast
    Date: May 7, 2014
    Time: 7 to 9 am
    Location: RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Dr.)
    Sponsor: SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Bike on over to RTP Headquarters to receive breakfast and give-aways before starting the workday! You know what they say about a good breakfast...

    Event: RTP 180: Transit
    Date: May 15, 2014
    Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
    Location: RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Dr.)
    Sponsors: RTF & SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Come engage in some interesting speeches by experts and entrepreneurs from the area on innovations in transportation. Join us and partake of free food, beer and smarts -- our doors open at 5:00 if you want to come test the taps. The show starts at 6:00. Please visit www.rtp.org for more details.

    Event: Ride of Silence
    Date: May 21, 2014
    Time: 6:30 pm
    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 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. This is an international event and rolls out at 7 pm across the nation and globe. Please visit www.rideofsilence.org for more information on their mission.

    Event: Bike Clinic and Rack & Ride Contest at Food Truck Rodeo
    Date: May 23, 2014
    Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm
    Location: Park Center (800 Park Offices Dr.)
    Sponsors: Triangle Transit, Fidelity Investments, & SmartCommute@rtp

    Description: Bike clinics? Food trucks? Rack & Ride contests with prizes? We've got it all at the Food truck Rodeo at RTP's Park Center. Come out for your fill of bike knowledge and yummy morsels. This event is open to the general public.

    Event: Rider Rewards at Food Truck Rodeo
    Date: May 30, 2014
    Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm
    Location: Park Center (800 Park Offices 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).

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    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.

     

    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 runs from now through April 30th, if you have any questions please email me at gingrich@rtp.org.

     

  • 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

     

  • 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
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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.”