Local Resources


Reduce Energy Bills

The City supports the Blue Horizons Project (BHP) which assists residents in reducing their energy costs by offering free Energy Chats to homes, businesses, or non-profits. Energy Savers Network is a partner program of BHP that provides free energy-efficiency upgrades for qualified low-income households with the help of trained volunteers. And if you want some basic tips on how to reduce your energy consumption at home, please read these Simple Home Energy Saving Tips.





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 shares data from new solar installation at Fire Station 10

On September 30, the City of Asheville “flipped the switch” on the photovoltaic array, commonly known as solar panels, at Fire Station 10 on Old Haywood Road. This is the second City facility to include renewable energy production, the first being the Transit Station on Coxe Avenue. This is also part of [...]

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Check out Asheville’s local farms and farmers markets this fall

  From the Office of Sustainability The smells and colors of fall are starting to creep in with crisp mornings and the full flavors of the late season. Fall is a great time to support local farmers, enjoy fresh food, and bolster Asheville’s local food economy at our many farmers markets. Local farmers markets, or tailgate markets, [...]