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 [...]

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Free for the picking, find serviceberries in Asheville parks and along roadsides

Serviceberries are ripening in Asheville parks, including Pack Square Park in front of City Hall.   Here are recipes that use them too   Edible serviceberries are ripening throughout many of Asheville’s parks, such as Park Square Park and Carrier Park. This native edible species is well adapted to our climate and feeds humans and birds alike. Serviceberries are early fruiting [...]

Asheville earns ‘SolSmart Gold’ designation for advancing solar energy growth

  Solar power is on the rise in the U.S. — and in Asheville. Here are steps the City is taking to encourage solar energy.   While solar makes up about 2 percent of the energy generated nationwide, the City of Asheville is working to remove barriers to this sustainable energy source. In the past year, the City’s Office of Sustainability trained [...]

Composting comes to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium!

  A triple-stream recycle/compost/landfill program has just launched at USCC’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Instead of two bins to dispose of your concession trash, there are now three. So what goes in what? Here’s a guide.   Recycle         Plastic bottles         Cans         Glass bottles   Compost         All cups         Cup carriers         Food waste         Plates         Bowls         Utensils   Landfill         Candy boxes and wrappers         Condiment packets         Foil wrappers [...]

Earth Day: Asheville GreenWorks teams with City for tree workshops, celebration

    For Earth Day, Earth Month or because it’s spring, now is a great time to take advantage of a series of workshops to help tree professionals and tree lovers hone their skills in tree care and maintenance.  These workshops are provided by Asheville GreenWorks with support from the City of Asheville.   Yarn-bombing tree celebration Before [...]

Asheville joins hundreds of mayors in opposing Clean Power Plan repeal

  This week, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer joined more than 200 mayors from across the United States to express her support for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — an essential public health protection and climate change solution that sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and helps cities transition to a [...]

Asheville parking garages now feature electric vehicle charging stations

John Himmelheber of West Asheville charges his Ford C-Max energi hybrid at the top of the Wall Street Parking Garage. He said he is pleased to learn of its installation.     Need a jolt? If you park your electric vehicle at one of three City of Asheville parking garages you can charge your car while you are dining [...]

Sanitation experts tell all: The dirt on leaf collection

Assan Salley, left, and Bryant Williams collect leaves and brush for Asheville Sanitation.   Pitch in to help City of Asheville Sanitation staff do their job more safely and efficiently   Those colorful trees decorating Asheville’s yards and streets will soon shed their leaves, transforming their beauty into the dreaded task of yardwork. Dealing with all those leaves can be daunting! Just [...]

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Pisgah View Apartments begins recycling

Welcome to recycling, Pisgah View community! Past Community Waste Reduction and Recycling grants have been used to fund Asheville’s Public Housing Recycling Program, bringing recycling to the City’s public housing communities. And a portion of this year’s grant allowed the City of Asheville to provide recycling services to the 250 units in Pisgah View Apartments, starting in [...]

Composting coming to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, recycling to Pisgah View Apartments

In ongoing work to reduce Asheville’s carbon footprint, Asheville’s Office of Sustainability will launch a composting pilot program in September, diverting compostable materials from Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Using triple-stream bins (e.g. landfill/recycling/composting), the plan calls for the pilot program to work with Danny’s Dumpster to collect compostable materials from events. Through this venture, the City has [...]

City of Asheville working toward a proactive plan in the face of climate change

Scene from Biltmore Village during the Flood of 2004. Asheville flooded when Hurricanes Ivan and Frances converged back-to-back on Western North Carolina that September, causing deaths and property damage.     Climate change is not just a buzzword or an agreement signed by nearly 200 nations recently gathered in Paris. It affects us here in Asheville. Climate change [...]

serviceberries tree photo with Asheville City Hall in the background
Serviceberries in Asheville parks are edible, free of any pesticides

Ripe serviceberries are available for picking in Asheville parks, including Pack Square Park in front of City Hall.   Edible serviceberries are ripening throughout many of Asheville’s parks, such as Park Square Park and Carrier Park. This native edible species is well adapted to our climate and feeds humans and birds alike. Serviceberries are early fruiting trees, fruiting [...]

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