Climate Initiatives

The City is committed to mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.


Actions Taken

  • Collaborated with UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) to conduct a climate resilience assessment. The primary purpose of the climate resiliency planning process is to consider climate-related threats and hazards (such as fire from drought or flooding/landslides from heavy rain events) with a goal of becoming more resilient, or better prepared for them, through adaptive capacity.
  • Adopted the climate resilience assessment as part of the comprehensive plan, “Living Asheville
  • Produced a Climate Resource Guide to share information on how — as a community and individually — we can become better prepared and more resilient to the effects of climate change.
  • Declared a Climate Emergency through Resolution 20-25
  • Established the Climate Justice Initiative to collaborate with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders and community members to begin shaping a locally relevant definition of Climate Equity.

Supporting Documents

Asheville Climate Resilience Resource Guide

Case Study – Asheville makes a plan for Climate Resilience

Blog post – City of Asheville working towards a proactive plan in the face of climate change

Final Assessment Report – April 2018

Resolution 20-25 Climate Emergency Declaration


Contact Information

Amber Weaver, Sustainability Officer

(828) 828-271-6141

 

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.

Climate Initiatives News

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Asheville Mayor joins over 1,000 U.S. leaders in affirming commitment to global climate action on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement 

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City of Asheville shares energy data from first solar installation 

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