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Asheville Food Waste Solution Summit to tackle regional food waste crisis 

  Registration open for second summit to be held on November 14   A coordinated effort to improve food waste reduction is underway.   The Food Waste Solutions Summit is a regional gathering to disrupt food waste issues facing our communities, expand our networks, and inspire dynamic solutions. This second summit, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. [...]

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Come learn about Asheville/Buncombe County 100% renewable energy initiative 

  Transitioning from fossil-fuel energy use to 100% renewable energy sources will take careful planning. Through their leadership, Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners adopted a goal of doing just that by the year 2030.   In 2018, City Council adopted Resolution 18-279, calling for the City of Asheville to transition [...]

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Asheville recognized for Blue Horizons project in national climate awards

  Asheville’s Blue Horizons Project earned the City an Honorable Mention in the Mayors Climate Protection Awards announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Honolulu today.   Mayor Esther Manheimer is a participant in this climate consortium made up of mayors across the nation.   The Blue Horizons Project works to reduce the region’s peak [...]

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City of Asheville to release climate change resource guide and share renewable energy initiative findings

  Resource information Find information page about climate resilience initiative here. The Climate Resilience Resource Guide is posted on that page. Here is a direct link. Find information about the 100% renewable energy initiative here.   Original post: Interested in local energy and climate issues? Come to the City of Asheville’s Climate Resource [...]

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City of Asheville partners with GreenWorks for neighborhood recycling education campaign

  Are you “recycling right?” We’ve all had that moment when we’ve gotten confused on what the City of Asheville accepts and does not accept in the Big Blue recycling bins.   Getting it right is important and here’s why: As a city, our contamination rate is on the rise. Where we were previously at a 5% contamination [...]

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Serviceberry season accompanied by cooking workshop, plus launch of online Asheville Edibles Map

    Residents invited to participate in Asheville Edibles initiatives this spring   Serviceberries are ripening now — making it a perfect time to learn how to cook with them! In partnership with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to unveil a crowd-sourced Asheville Edibles Map and a free serviceberries harvesting/cooking [...]

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Energy Innovation Task Force announces cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant

Community partners also honored   The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential [...]

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Buncombe County/City of Asheville launch survey on renewable energy priorities

Share your priorities for implementing renewable energy.   In the past two years, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County have both adopted renewable energy goals. The City and County have both committed to transition all government operations from fossil-fueled energy (coal, natural gas, propane, gasoline, etc.) to renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.) by 2030. Find information about the City’s [...]

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Duke Energy awards Asheville / Buncombe County with Power Partner recognition

  For its 25th consecutive year, Duke Energy has selected six outstanding organizations to receive the company’s prestigious Power Partner award. Duke Energy established the Power Partner award in 1992 to honor businesses and other organizations that achieve exemplary results in categories that include solutions innovation, community excellence, economic development, sustainability innovation and storm restoration.   The City of [...]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

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Step up your recycling game this holiday season

  ’Tis the season — to recycle! Seriously, between now and the end of the year…  Asheville, we love you, and you are going to generate a lot of….STUFF. You know, all those boxes and bags, tinsel and tags. As part of the City’s sustainability and trash-reduction goals, we certainly want to keep as much of these materials [...]

Learn about home composting at free workshops

  Composting is the ultimate in home-based recycling. Through composting, you can feed your landscape, not the landfill. When added to the garden, compost conditions our heavy North Carolina clay soil so that plants grow better and faster. The City of Asheville partners with Asheville Greenworks for composting education, including these upcoming composting workshops: Dec. 18, 6 [...]

Asheville City Council adopts 100% Renewable Energy Resolution

  Envision a clean energy future for the City of Asheville. That’s a City powered entirely by renewable energy through multiple strategies.   It’s not as far-fetched as you may think. Aspen, Colo., is already powered by 100% renewable electricity — a mix of approximately 50% wind, 45% hydropower, and the remaining 5% from solar and landfill gas. [...]

Asheville residents asked to bag leaves in sturdy paper

  Dear Asheville, We’d like you to offer you a new solution for leaf collection this season: paper bags! They are so totally useful — compostable and more eco-friendly. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with as little hassle as possible to you, our residents. Thank you, City of Asheville   Q&A Question: Why use paper bags for leaf [...]

Asheville community garden blooms and there’s room for more participation

Amanda Levesque, left, and  Clare Hanrahan check on plants at the Elder & Sage  Community Garden,  33-35 Page Ave., downtown. Planking and raised beds make the garden accessible to those in wheelchairs.     These two friendly words just seem to go together: community garden.   After all, you get two things out of it — community with like-minded people or neighbors [...]