UF is just one of many public universities in Southern states that use prison labor in agricultural programs and on other parts of campus, or rely on products made by incarcerated people. Students and activists have pressured universities and companies to end these programs for years, but data on how public universities use prison labor is scarce.
People living in Bahama Village are using the recent protests against police violence and systemic racism to speak out about how rising costs are pushing them out.
Robeson County is still picking up the pieces from two hurricanes. Now the local government and nonprofits are preparing for potential storms during the pandemic.
A network of environmentalists has helped more than a dozen counties and cities introduce “rights of nature,” but the movement faces pushback from lawmakers and lobbyists.
The future of longleaf pine forests, which are critical to biodiversity, depends on landowners protecting and maintaining them through prescribed burning.
Experts, lawyers, and residents argue that affordable housing communities should be built with environmental justice and climate change in mind.
This eastern North Carolina community wants worthwhile economic development. Instead, it could be getting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.