About the City of Asheville Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability works with all departments across the City to integrate sustainable design, technology and practice into municipal operations, infrastructure, and services. The target is an 80% municipal carbon footprint reduction from a 2008 baseline by 2030. As of 2015, the City has achieved a 28.6% reduction. Check out the links below to learn about specific initiatives: 

  • Municipal Energy Conservation
  • Financial Innovation
  • High Performance Design and Renewable Energy
  • LED Streetlights Program and Case Study
  • Behavior Change and Conservation Efforts
  • Fleet Fuel Conservation- Check out these videos to quiz your knowledge about driving behavior and fuel conservation:



or AC

Stress on the Ignition


Regular Maintenance

Warming up a Vehicle

Vehicle Emissions



In the News

Motor Week Highlights Asheville's Green Fleet, 9/25/14


Community Carbon Footprint Baseline Infograph





Sustainability Management Plan

Asheville's Sustainability Management Plan (SMP), adopted in 2009, guides sustainability decision making at the City. The SMP includes eight focus areas, 16 goal items, and 107 action items.

Sustainability Management Plan


Municipal Operations Annual Reports

The City is responsible for a 28.6% reduction in municipal carbon footprint since 2008.

Previous Reports:

Carbon Footprint Update 2014
Carbon Footprint Annual Report 2013
Carbon Footprint Annual Report 2012
AVL Sustainability Update FY11
Carbon Footprint Report 2009-2010


Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Development and Economic Development Resources




Duke Energy Progress- The City and DEP created a strategic clean energy partnership in 2013 to find shared opportunities to lead the state in clean energy initiatives. In 2015, City Council adopted the Community Clean Energy Policy Framework

  Curbside Management- Curbie is our wonderful partner who collects recycling for our curbside program.
  Green Opportunities- The City partners with Green Opportunities in a variety of ways from conducting waste audits to providing weatherization education.
  Asheville GreenWorks- The City of Asheville partners with Asheville GreenWorks, organizer of the quarterly Hard 2 Recycle events. 
  Coca Cola Recycle and Win- In 2014, the City, Ingles and Coca Cola partnered to deliver a recycling incentive program.
  Asheville- Buncombe Food Policy Council- The City works closely with this community organization to define and deliver on the municipal role in the local food economy
  Bee City USA - The Asheville City Council voted unanimously to designate Asheville as the inaugural Bee City USA. Take a look at these documents if you're interested in becoming a Bee City!
  Asheville Home, Garden and Green Living Show- This City partners with this expo to host 8,000 people for a wonderful weekend filled with seminars, connections to service providers, and networking for green businesses.
  Brightfields Transportation Solutions- The City partnered with Brightfields to install a solar powered electric vehicle station in the Public Working parking lot.
  Danny’s Dumpsters- Danny Keaton operates a composting facility and serves numerous restaurants, businesses and grocers in WNC. The City partnered with Danny to host him on City land.
  Strive Not to Drive- This annual event celebrates and challenges people to use alternative transportation for a week in May.
  Renewable Energy Partnership Policy- This policy guides the city in pursuit of potential renewable energy partnership 


City of Asheville Office of Sustainability Staff

Location: Asheville City Hall, 5th Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Sustainability Officer
Office Phone: 828-271-6141
Sustainability Analyst
Office Phone: 828-251-4057

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