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Wall Street and Rankin Avenue parking garages get LED upgrades

Two City of Asheville parking garages will been seen in a different light thanks to the City of Asheville’s participation in a newly implemented energy efficiency program with Duke Energy Progress. Utilizing the Duke Energy Progress Small Business Energy Saver Program, the city will replace lights inside the Wall Street and Rankin Avenue parking garages […]

NEMAC Director James Fox talks about Nov. 20 weather impact presentation

In the below video, UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center Director James Fox talks about the upcoming open house to examine and discuss potential impacts from heavy rainfall events. Original press release below: Open house to focus on weather impact strategies ASHEVILLE – On Nov. 20, the public is invited to an open […]

November is “Recycle It!” Month

November is “Recycle It!” Month in Asheville and throughout the month, the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is offering tours and information that spotlight the city’s commitment to solid waste reduction. Halloween may be over, but the Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest continues through November 5, with voting running through November 24. So submit those […]

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

In an effort to ensure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween, the Asheville Police Department has these safety tips: Safety at Home: • Turn on exterior home light • Keep walkways free of obstructions • Don’t allow anyone in your home that you don’t know Costume Safety: • Choose bright colored costumes. If dark […]

Biltmore Avenue Parking Garage earns regional recognition

The Biltmore Avenue Parking garage, situated beneath the Aloft Hotel and opened in August of 2012, has been recognized among the region’s best by the Carolinas Parking Association. Earning an award of merit in the category of New Design, the garage was recognized alongside parking garages from throughout the region. “This is a really exciting […]

AFD gears up for Fire Safety Week with tips for preventing kitchen fires

October is Fire Prevention month, and the week of October 6-13 is a week to focus on fire prevention. The Asheville Fire Department has kicked it off with these tips for preventing kitchen fires: It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Asheville Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National […]

New public art installation and renovation at U.S. Cellular Center

***UPDATE*** Click below for a video showing how this great piece was installed! A new chapter in the 4-year renovation and updating of the U.S. Cellular Center begins this week with the installation of a new terrazzo floor in the lobby of the Thomas Wolfe Theater. The public artwork, designed by artist Joan Weissman, will […]

New sidewalks coming to Overlook Road

Three schools, a library and a church, not to mention surrounding homes, are getting a boost in pedestrian access with the addition of approximately 2,000 feet of sidewalk being installed at Overlook Road in South Asheville. The addition of ADA-compliant sidewalks is intended to greatly improve the safety of travelers in the corridor, no matter […]

EPA recognizes Asheville water treatment plants for high quality

The City of Asheville water treatment plants at the North Fork and William DeBruhl reservoirs have been recognized for outstanding water quality by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Both plants exceeded EPA regulatory standards and achieved health and safety goals set by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for optimized performance. […]

First year of Big Blue shows jump in recycling numbers

Question: What has 4,860,948 pounds of glass, 6,631,612 pounds of paper and nearly 1,000,000 pounds of plastic? Answer: The first year of Asheville’s Big Blue recycling program. The Zero Waste AVL program, featuring the blue single-stream recycling carts, rolled out in April 2012, and numbers show an increase of 4,240,000 pounds – or 2,120 tons […]