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Environmental Stewardship Commission to hold environmental-themed classes in July

KANNAPOLIS ó The city’s newly formed Environmental Stewardship Commission will sponsor four environmental-themed classes in July.
They will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the old Cabarrus Bank building, 201 West Ave. in Cannon Village, and will cover a wide range of topics as a part of the effort to foster environmental stewardship throughout the city.
“These classes are the first outreach effort of the Environmental Stewardship Commission,” said Kannapolis Community Outreach Coordinator Renee Goodnight. “We are excited about the diversity of the topics as well as the opportunity to help create awareness of various environmentally friendly practices.”
The July 8 class on composting will be taught by Pete Pasterz, Cabarrus County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator. Participants will learn how to start and maintain a compost pile. Free compost bins will be given to the first 25 people who arrive for the class.
The July 15 class is “Alternative Fuels and Clean Technology Overview for North Carolina.” Rich Deming will talk about what new technologies are being examined to combat rising fuel prices at the pump and how North Carolina is involved
The July 22 class is “Water Source, Quality and Conservation.” Kannapolis Public Works Director Wilmer Melton will provide information about the sources for Kannapolis water, practices for residents to take to improve water quality in the city and practical tips for water conservation. A drawing for two free rain barrels will be held.
The July 29 class is “Energy Conservation.” Larry Shirley from the State Energy Office of North Carolina will share simple things we can do in our homes and at work to reduce monthly cooling and heating bills.
For more information or to register, e-mail rgoodnight @ci.kannapolis.nc.us or call 704- 920-4311.

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