Local Resources

Reduce Energy Bills




The City supports the Blue Horizons Project which assists residents in reducing
their energy consumption for little to no cost based on income. Check out the Energy Savers Network to learn more on how to receive no-cost weatherization for your home.




The City offers residential fee rebates for permits through the Department of Development Services pertaining to:

  • Solar Energy Installations
  • Energy Efficient Homes
  • Shade Trees


Eat Local


The City has adopted a food policy action plan to increase access to locally grown, healthy foods for the city’s community members.



Resources for Eat Local


Local Gardening

Interested in gardening but do not have access where you live? The City works with community partners to provide:


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Make a positive impact on Asheville through the Adopt-a-Spot program.

Did you know that in 2012 the City of Asheville earned its Bee City, USA designation? You can help by planting pollinator plants at your businesses.

Promote locally grown food, farmers and fishers, businesses and people who prepare, distribute and sell food grown in North Carolina through the NC 10% Campaign.


Reduce Waste

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  • Did you know the City has a goal to reduce waste by 50% by 2050?


  • For more information on how you can participate in composting initiatives and recycling visit:


Click Here to visit the Sanitation Division.



Improve Resilience


The City recently created the Climate Resilience Resource Guide for property owners to identify best management strategies from threats identified through the climate resilience assessment.


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.

Local Resources News

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City of Asheville raises food waste awareness, invites residents to join #AVLFoodWasteChallenge

    This week, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a proclamation declaring April “Food Waste Reduction Month.”   The City’s Office of Sustainability is working with our local Food Waste Solutions group alongside other innovative cities in the Southeast to develop and implement food waste initiatives. This “Food Matters” project is facilitated through [...]

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City of Asheville participates in the energy regulatory process

The City and the community have demonstrated leadership in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change locally but we recognize that climate change is a global issue. Due to this complexity the City continues to advocate for clean energy and climate mitigation policy at all levels of government and we are excited to [...]