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 [...]

City of Asheville joins with community partners to celebrate Earth Week April 21-23

The City of Asheville is joining with community partners for a weekend full of Earth Day events and family-friendly activities. The City of Asheville, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Equinox, GreenWorks, New Belgium Brewing, Organic Grower’s School, Mountain True and RiverLink are hosting Asheville Earth Week on April 21, 22, and 23. With multiple events at different [...]

Asheville GreenWorks Hard-2-Recycle collection happens Saturday

Packing peanuts cluttering up your life? What about Styrofoam from holiday shipping? These items don’t go in your regular recycling bin but you can responsibly dispose of them during Asheville GreenWorks next Hard-2-Recycle event, coming up Jan. 14 in Asheville. They are accepting a lot of things that we tend to accumulate: old cellphones, used books, [...]

Asheville’s Office of Sustainability turns lens on climate resiliency

    Topic to be incorporated into City’s Comprehensive Plan update   Flooding. Landslides. Drought. Wildfire. Each season brings more worldwide reminders that weather and temperature can quickly cause significant destruction to a community. That’s why we are getting ready now. The City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is working with UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling [...]

Recycling program to expand to Hillcrest and Deaverview communities

Asheville Sanitation crews delivered the big blue recycle bins to the Hillcrest and Deaverview communities the week of Sept. 26. Recycling expands to these communities Oct. 3.   Thanks to the success of the curbside recycling program in the Southside communities, which began in October 2015, more Asheville Housing Authority residents will have access to the program [...]

Asheville event to mark National Drive Electric Week

A message from the City of Asheville Office of Sustainability:   National Drive Electric Week 2016 is right around the corner, as it takes place the week of September 10-18. This is a nationwide celebration that seeks to increase awareness for today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlights the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, [...]

Sustainable consumption: What you can do to help reach for Zero Waste

This article comes from the City of Asheville Office of Sustainability.      Have you ever wondered if there is a way that you can help the planet through your purchases and service choices? Well wonder no longer, sustainable consumption is the way to go!     What is sustainable consumption? Sustainable consumption is a way in which we take into account [...]

Joint Energy Innovation Task Force forms, announces meeting

Buncombe County, the City of Asheville and Duke Energy Progress have established a joint task force known as the Energy Innovation Task Force.   Members have been appointed from local government, environmental and clean energy advocates, large and small businesses, local institutions and Duke Energy Progress. They will research, recommend and implement energy efficiency and demand-side management [...]

Asheville’s Earth Day: Hard to Recycle collection, 25-cent ART bus rides and Tire Amnesty Days

What do you do with that old stereo, leftover Styrofoam, cellphones and computers? And old tires, for that matter. Yikes, right? Asheville, we’ve got you covered.   Hard to Recycle event Fortunately, Asheville GreenWorks is on the case. First up is the Hard to Recycle collection this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at [...]

How green can Asheville businesses go? City teams with chamber for Workplace Challenge

Business owners and managers, we feel you. Running a business is hard work. Employees have to be supported, customers need to be served and bills have to be paid. You have a multitude of decisions to make every day. So what if we give you credit for making the right ones? Industrial and commercial buildings alone [...]

Asheville GreenWorks Hard-2-Recycle collection this weekend

Packing peanuts cluttering up your life? What about Styrofoam from holiday shipping? These items don’t go in your regular recycling bin but you can responsibly dispose of them during Asheville GreenWorks next Hard to Recycle event, coming up Jan. 16 in Asheville. They are accepting a lot of things that we tend to accumulate: old cellphones, used [...]

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