CFCC Hosts Sustainable Activities as Part of ‘One Book, One Community’ Project

Cape Fear Community College is going a bit greener later this month as part of the annual “One Book, One Community” event, which focuses around the topic of sustainable technologies. 
The book for this year’s project is “Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future.”
A forum on green design will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 3- 5 p.m. in room L-107 in the Health Sciences Building at 215 N. Second St. Topics include green building techniques in construction, interior design and architecture. The panel featuring Patricia Battershill, Interior Design instructor, Ron Wilson, Architectural Design instructor, and Jonathan Begue, Construction Management instructor at the college.
CFCC will host a special lecture by the author Greg Melville, which includes an alternative transportation and sustainability show on March 20 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the North Campus. Melville will speak from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a book signing.
In addition, an exhibition of recycled art will be on display by Cape Fear Community College faculty, staff and students in the downtown CFCC Library.
The mission of “One Book, One Community” is to promote literacy and a love for reading, celebrate diversity, and foster a community of readers by providing opportunities to explore and discuss a common text.
‘Greasy Rider’ explores the possibility of driving coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump. Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy-who’s in love with the idea of free fuel-sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along the way? More important, can two guys survive 192 consecutive hours together?
Their expedition on and off the road includes visits to the solar-powered Google headquarters; the National Ethanol Council; the wind turbines of southwestern Minnesota; the National Renewable Energy Lab; a visit to one of the first houses to receive platinum certification for leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); an “eco-friendly” Wal-Mart; and the world’s largest geothermal heating system.
Part adventure and part investigation of what we’re doing (or not doing) to preserve the planet, Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future is upbeat, funny, and full of surprising information about sustainable measures that are within our reach. (Text courtesy of
The author Greg Melville is a freelance journalist who’s written for such publications as Men’s Journal, Outside, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal, Money, and National Geographic Adventure.
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