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Buncombe County/City of Asheville launch survey on renewable energy priorities

Share your priorities for implementing renewable energy.   In the past two years, the City of Asheville and Buncombe County have both adopted renewable energy goals. The City and County have both committed to transition all government operations from fossil-fueled energy (coal, natural gas, propane, gasoline, etc.) to renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.) by 2030. […]

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Duke Energy awards Asheville / Buncombe County with Power Partner recognition

  For its 25th consecutive year, Duke Energy has selected six outstanding organizations to receive the company’s prestigious Power Partner award. Duke Energy established the Power Partner award in 1992 to honor businesses and other organizations that achieve exemplary results in categories that include solutions innovation, community excellence, economic development, sustainability innovation and storm restoration. […]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for […]

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 […]

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   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 clean […]

Asheville parking garages now feature electric vehicle charging stations

John Himmelheber of West Asheville charges his Ford C-Max enregi 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]