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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, [...]

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City of Asheville supports food waste reduction bill introduced to Congress

  Earlier in July, a group of representatives and senators introduced the Zero Food Waste Act to Congress. This legislation would advance the federal goal of halving US food loss and waste by 2030 and reduce the climate, resource, economic, and social impacts of food waste.    This bill would help communities meet local, regional, and [...]

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Asheville Office of Sustainability shares results of recent food waste audit

  Did you know that in the US nearly 40% of food is wasted, clogging our landfills and costing us over $408 billion annually?! The City of Asheville is working hard to think of solutions to reduce our waste and save our food.   The City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Sanitation and Buncombe County, [...]

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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 [...]

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Asheville Office of Sustainability engages BIPOC communities on climate justice initiative

  On Jan. 28, 2020, Asheville City Council passed a Resolution Endorsing Declaration of a Climate Emergency and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate. You can read a copy of the resolution at this link.   The City’s Office of Sustainability would like to provide a community update on work related to [...]

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Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year

  Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.   Residents can look forward to advances in [...]

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Asheville Mayor joins over 1,000 U.S. leaders in affirming commitment to global climate action on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement 

  Dec. 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the world coming together to sign on to the Paris Agreement and the City of Asheville is marking the moment by committing to a national mobilization for a clean energy economy and centering their own operations in pursuit of climate action. In doing so, Asheville joins over 1,000 [...]

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City of Asheville ‘flips the switch’ on solar panels at renovated Transit Station

On Oct. 1, the City of Asheville “flipped the switch” on the photovoltaic array, commonly known as solar panels, at the recently renovated ART Transit Station on Coxe Avenue. This is the first City facility to include renewable energy production in a renovation or new construction project. The City is under contract or is in [...]

Place fall leaves in eco-friendly paper bags for collection by Asheville Sanitation

  To Asheville residents using paper bags for their fall leaves these past two years, we say thank you and keep up the good work! We’d encourage everyone else to follow their example. Paper bags cost about the same as plastic ones. They’re compostable and more eco-friendly. Below is a guide on how to use them effectively, with [...]

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Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signs Climate Mayors letter urging Congressional leadership to advance a sustainable economic recovery

  The City of Asheville has a strong record and long-standing commitment to sustainability. That’s why Mayor Esther Manheimer signed on to a letter sent  by Climate Mayors to Congressional leaders urging bold action to protect our planet and build a more just economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.    “Because only bold action can tackle [...]