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Sustainability

Sustainable living is the key. Whether it’s green building, green remodeling, green design, green living, or population growth – it’s all about changing our attitudes and priorities. The impact of pollution, climate change due to human activity, and the need for sustainability versus using up the earth’s resources is on the minds of thinking people everywhere!

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CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE and What’s Affected By It

in AVL Today a part of The City Council’s making moves

Building upon their Climate Emergency Resolution from January of this year, City Council also approved a decision establishing a zero-net loss tree canopy policy. Its goal? To establish tree canopy coverage of 50% by 2040 in order to fight canopy loss and ensuing “heat islands,” which can disproportionately affect minority communities. This resolution supports the establishment of a Comprehensive Urban Forestry Program in the future.

Want to dig in further? Check out the video of the meeting here.


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TREE CANOPY PROTECTION ORDINANCE: September Events and Updates – City of Asheville

On September 8th, the Asheville City Council will vote on approval of an amendment to a city ordinance called, “Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance.” Thanks in part to community support for the ordinance amendment in the shape of hundreds of emails and phone calls to City Council members, it looks like passage of the ordinance amendment is likely.


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USE OUR MAP to Support Local Sustainable Farmers Near You and Madison BioBlitz!

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

Many small farms in our mountain region have lost business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, large-scale meat operations in North Carolina are one of the leading contributors to water pollution in the state. Buying from sustainable local farms now is a way to not only feed your family but to protect our environment.

We’ve compiled a map of farms in our region that feed us while using practices that support healthy rivers, lakes and streams. Check out the map to find sustainable farms in your local watershed, and sign the pledge to support sustainable farms here.


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A MATTER OF SPIRIT: International Peace & Justice Center

A Matter of Spirit (AMOS) is the quarterly justice journal of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center with analysis, theological reflection and action on justice issues. Our Governing Council selects four topics for the year, which are then given to our Editorial Board to determine articles and writers.


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Women Trainers Lead the Way in Sustainable Agriculture

Development experts believe gender equity will be critical to global food security in the coming decades, as the world’s farmers struggle to produce food for a rapidly growing population on a shrinking area of arable land. In Latin America, one in five farmworkers is a woman, and in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, half of all agricultural laborers are women. Yet despite being just as skilled as their male counterparts, women in developing countries have less access to resources (such as credit), and therefore lower crop yields.


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FEATURED WORK: Environmentalism as a Feminist Issue – Reprise from 2009

Author’s Statement: My name is Jamila Stevenson and I am a sophomore at Warren Wilson College where I am studying Gender and Women’s Studies (GDS) and Environmental Studies (ENS) with a concentration in environmental education. Environmental studies and gender and women studies don’t often intersect, so when I first heard the term “ecofeminism” in an environmental documentary class, I was very excited. When I took my first GDS class, which was an introduction to gender and women’s studies, I decided to write a paper on ecofeminism so I could learn more about it. Jamila Stevenson is a student at Warren Wilson College in the Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies program with Laura Vance, Ph.D, May, 2009.


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FIND YOUR HOPE for the planet’s sake.

With all the problems facing the world right now, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s natural to feel a sense of despair, or to think there’s nothing you can do.

If this sounds familiar to you, you may need a little pep talk from the Rainforest Alliance‘s own Jungwon Kim. Watch her recent talk to understand why engaging and acting with love and hope is essential—and how it can be the antidote to despair.


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SUSTAINABILITY: Climate Justice, Citizen Climate Lobby and One Very Hard Read

City of Asheville committee to hold  climate justice public input session

The Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE) will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 28. The City of Asheville declared a climate emergency when City Council approved and adopted Resolution 20-25 on Jan. 29, as endorsed by SACEE. In declaring this emergency, the City has recognized not only the importance of taking action to reduce the impacts of climate change but also the importance of incorporating social justice into those actions. 

As stated by the NAACP: “Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities in the United States and around the world.” CLICK FOR MORE>


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Watch video recordings of CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY: 2020 Virtual Conference: A Community Stronger Than COVID

Join the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Asheville Chapter

Asheville, North Carolina
We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville School. See more info on this event with directions and parking info as well as other events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleccl


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THIS IS WATER MANAGEMENT: St. Joseph Sisters create massive rain garden in New Orleans

On a beautiful June day in 2006, St. Joseph Sr. Joan Laplace was driving back to New Orleans after visiting the Gulf Coast with some sisters when her phone rang. It was from a sister in Cincinnati, asking how far Laplace was from Mirabeau, the New Orleans provincial house of  the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

“There’s been a fire,” the sister on the phone said. “How soon can you get there?” Laplace arrived to find the campus filled with firefighters and equipment. A helicopter ferried loads of water from the nearby Bayou St. John.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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THE FRUITS OF ANGER – Climate, ecosystems and economy

By Brian Wong and edited by Sam Dresser in Psyche

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
– Greta Thunberg, 23 September 2019, New York


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OVERLANDING – 17 Things to do to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

Sustainable travel is a very important issue these days so we’ve covered this subject from an overlanding perspective. Overlanders usually use large vehicles, with either gas or diesel engines with low mpg’s.

While using hybrids or even electric vehicles for overlanding is still in the distant future (and those type of vehicles may not even be desired by the overlanding community), there are still several things that overlanders can do to decrease their impact on the environment. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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THE BIRDS OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER PARK

Fall, 2011

Nature guru Worth McAlister and expert birder Bob Wilson embarked on early morning journeys into the exciting world of avian friends, along with about a dozen local nature enthusiasts. Armed with binoculars and field guides, the groups headed out from French Broad River Park to see how many bird species could be encountered, in just a few hours’ time, along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. The crews were amazed and thrilled with what they found.


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