What we do

The City of Asheville has a strong record and long standing commitment to sustainability. The Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 to integrate sustainable design, technology, and practice into municipal operations, infrastructure and services.  The Office of Sustainability is responsible for incorporating City Council’s Strategic Goals and City Resolutions pertaining to sustainability within the organization.


 


Doing the Work

Listed below are the plans, assessments and policies that guide the work of the Office of Sustainability.

Guiding Documents

Policies

 


Asheville Community Carbon Footprint

The Office of Sustainability recently worked with a student from the Lenoir Rhyne Masters of Sustainability Studies program to measure the carbon footprint from the city at large. The carbon emissions from 2019 for the city of Asheville are summed up in this infographic.

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Community Partners

The Office of Sustainability partners with the following local nonprofits to implement community programs:

 

 


 

Related Services

Dispose of large, seasonal or unusual items

Information about disposing of large or unusual items such as furniture, household hazardous waste, or appliances. As well as instructions for brush, leaves, or Christmas trees.

Recycling guidelines

Information on what can be recycled, how to prepare items for collection, and composting.

Related Projects

Single-Use Plastic Reduction

Asheville City Council has directed the Sustainability Department to take a phased approach to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.

Municipal Climate Action Plan

The Municipal Climate Action Plan will incorporate all new additions of policies and resolutions while creating a roadmap on how to accomplish adopted goals and identify those most impactful at carbon mitigation and climate resiliency.

Food Waste Reduction Initiative

The Food Waste Reduction Initiative aims to provide useful information and tips to residents seeking ways to reduce their household food waste, pilot opportunities for community compost drop sites, elevate the message of food waste reduction, and model food waste reduction initiatives in city facilities.

Sustainability News

City of Asheville celebrates one year of free residential food scraps drop off sites

The City of Asheville is celebrating the results after one year of the free residential food scraps drop off pilot program. In 2022 so far, over 200,000 pounds (155 tons!) of organics has been diverted from the landfill.  Thanks to the participation of nearly 4,000 residents, this pilot program is reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and saving [...]

November 15 is America Recycles Day – Here is how you can participate

  The City of Asheville is proud to celebrate America Recycles Day November 15 which promotes the importance of recycling and recognizes the efforts of Ashevillians to recycle right. Taking the time to properly recycle improves our quality of life by supporting a clean, economically vibrant, and sustainable environment.    More than 23,000 tons of trash are generated [...]