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Elevate AVL engagement agents and advisory committee members are working with community members to co-create resources and strategies to build neighborhood resilience. The project seeks to learn from Asheville communities to inform neighborhood-led and city-supported initiatives to develop shared resources and ideas to thrive in a changing climate. 

This current phase of the Climate Justice Initiative will design and distribute climate action resources to build resilience and inform next steps.




In January 2020 Asheville City Council declared a Climate Emergency. The adopted Resolution 20-25 acknowledges the urgent need to combat climate change and the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on low income communities and communities of color. 

The Climate Justice Initiative was launched to take action on the Climate Emergency; the first phases included external engagement and the development of resources and tools to guide project development and resource allocation. 

The current Elevate AVL initiative will update the 2019 Personal Action Guide based on the Climate Justice Initiative learnings. The project will create new tools and resources to support Asheville neighborhoods in climate conversation to build neighborhood resilience and take personal and community-led climate justice action. 



  • January 2020 – Climate Emergency declaration
  • June 2020 – Climate Justice Initiative Phase 1 – community engagement, story circles, Listening + Learning, Screening and Climate Justice Data Map tool development
  • January 2022 – Climate Justice Initiative Phase 2- Incorporating Climate Justice into City Operations – pilot use of Screening tool in project management processes
  • April 2023 – Screening tool revision and redeployment for project planning and resource allocation
  • October 2023 – Elevate AVL project launch


Supporting Documents

Climate Justice Guide + Screening Tool

Climate Justice Data Map to understand and visualize ‘hot spots’ and intersecting stressors

Story Map – Asheville’s Climate Justice Initiative

Analysis and draft summary report (English version and Spanish version) from individual community member Listening + Learning

Analysis and draft summary report (English version and Spanish version) from city staff Listening + Learning

Sustainable Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment Climate Emergency Input Session

Final Report (English version and Spanish version)


Contact Information

Kiera Bulan, Sustainability Program Manager 

(828) 620-0664



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