Local Resources

Reduce Energy Bills

The City supports the Blue Horizons Project (BHP) which helps residents and businesses reduce their energy use and costs. The following programs are available to City of Asheville residents and businesses as part of the Blue Horizons Project:

These Simple Home Energy Saving Tips can help anyone reduce their home energy consumption.


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

  • Solar Energy Installations
  • Energy Efficient Homes
  • Shade Trees

Local Food

The City has adopted a food policy action plan to support increased access to locally grown, healthy foods for community members. The resources and programs below support residents to learn more about where our food comes from, connect with local farmers, learn food production and preparation skills, and build a strong, resilient local food system. Some of the resources include access to community food production or pollinator gardening space.

Community Gardening and Food Education

Connect with local food producers and participate in our local food system

Support Pollinators and Biodiversity

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Did you know that in 2012 the City of Asheville earned its Bee City, USA designation? Learn more and prepare your pollinator habitat at home or on City-owned property!

Reduce Waste

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


  • Learn more about composting at home or at City & County Food Scraps Drop-Off programs on this webpage




                • Use the Waste Wizard Tool on AVL Collects to see what you can recycle!

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.
  • Use SimpliCity.ashevillenc.gov to access personal property information including climate threats and vulnerabilites alongside actions you can take to increase your household and neighborhood resilience.