About the City of Asheville Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability works with all departments across the City to integrate sustainable design, technology and practice into municipal operations, infrastructure, and services. The target is an 80% municipal carbon footprint reduction from a 2008 baseline. As of 2017, the City has achieved a 31% reduction. Check out the links below to learn about specific initiatives:
- Municipal Energy Conservation
- Financial Innovation
- High Performance Design and Renewable Energy
- LED Streetlights Program and Case Study
- Behavior Change and Conservation Efforts
- Fleet Fuel Conservation- Check out these videos to quiz your knowledge about driving behavior and fuel conservation:
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In the News
Asheville Sustainability Infograph
Sustainability Management Plan
Asheville's Sustainability Management Plan (SMP), adopted in 2009, guides sustainability decision making at the City. The SMP includes eight focus areas, 16 goal items, and 107 action items.
Municipal Operations Annual Reports
The annual sustainability report and carbon footprint update is anticipated to be released in the fall of 2019. This will allow the Office to incorporate input from the Renewable Energy Roadmap the City is partnering with Buncombe County on.
The City is responsible for a 31% reduction in municipal carbon footprint since 2008.
- Federal and State Tax Incentives
- LEED Platinum at newest city building
- Sustainable Building Permit and Fee Rebates
- Resolution Adopting Carbon Reduction Goal and LEED standard
- Resolution Supporting a Clean Energy Economy
- LED Streetlight Program
- LED’s in Parking Decks
- Air Sealing information
- North Carolina State Energy Office
Sustainable Development and Economic Development Resources
- Development Incentives Brochure
- Sustainable Building Permit and Fee Rebates
Development Density Bonus/ Sustainability Bonus- to encourage infill dense urban development
- Comprehensive Asheville City Plan- The 2025 Plan is an overarching plan for the future of Asheville
- East of the RiverWay sustainable community development program
- GroWNC regional sustainability planning effort- Check out the cool MapViewer
- WNC Vitality Index is an outstanding resource of data, maps and general information
Blue Horizons Project - The City partners with the Green Built Alliance on the The Blue Horizons Project to help the community reduce their energy use and increase access to clean energy. Go to their website to find out how you can reduce your energy use!
Duke Energy Progress- The City and DEP created a strategic clean energy partnership in 2013 to find shared opportunities to lead the state in clean energy initiatives. In 2015, City Council adopted the Community Clean Energy Policy Framework
Curbside Management- Curbie is our wonderful partner who collects recycling for our curbside program.
Green Opportunities- The City partners with Green Opportunities in a variety of ways from conducting waste audits to providing weatherization education.
Asheville GreenWorks- The City of Asheville partners with Asheville GreenWorks, organizer of the quarterly Hard 2 Recycle events.
Coca Cola Recycle and Win- In 2014, the City, Ingles and Coca Cola partnered to deliver a recycling incentive program.
Bee City USA - The Asheville City Council voted unanimously to designate Asheville as the inaugural Bee City USA. Take a look at these documents if you're interested in becoming a Bee City!
Asheville Home, Garden and Green Living Show- This City partners with this expo to host 8,000 people for a wonderful weekend filled with seminars, connections to service providers, and networking for green businesses.
Brightfields Transportation Solutions- The City partnered with Brightfields to install a solar powered electric vehicle station in the Public Working parking lot.
Danny’s Dumpsters- Danny Keaton operates a composting facility and serves numerous restaurants, businesses and grocers in WNC. The City partnered with Danny to host him on City land.
Strive Not to Drive- This annual event celebrates and challenges people to use alternative transportation for a week in May.
Renewable Energy Partnership Policy- This policy guides the city in pursuit of potential renewable energy partnership
City of Asheville Office of Sustainability Staff
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Office Phone: 828-271-6141
Energy Program Coordinator
Office Phone: 828-259-5558