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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]