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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!  We publish information in this section about combating pollution, improving our local and regional environment, finding steps to take to gain political ears about what we would like to see happen to protect and improve our great region.
Western North Carolina Green Building Council      Riverlink Asheville    Worldwatch Institute     Women’s Voices for the Earth     Environmental Working Group     Asheville GreenWorks     Mountain True – Protecting the Places We Share Worldwatch Institute

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.


The Sustainable Power of Hemp: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to sustainability one of the biggest problems in our path forward is the materials we use. Cotton is unsustainable to produce, and requires huge amounts of water to grow. Plastic is ruining our environments and shedding into microplastics that can be found in our food, our air, and even in the deepest parts of the ocean.

It is time for a revolution. We need a reset on what we use, and how we use it, which is why hemp is such an exciting fiber to fall back in love with. Our ancestors used hemp for almost everything, from food to textiles to tools, and it’s about time that we return to those origins.


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


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


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


SUSTAINABILITY IN SPORT: How Governing Bodies Are Making Their Sports Greener

Across the sporting spectrum, governing bodies are now making a conscious effort to make their sports more eco-friendly. They are seeking to establish green standards among sports clubs, they are using the massive platform of sport to spread the message about sustainability, and they are working alongside technology providers to ensure that sports events no longer damage the environment.


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.


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.


How to Make Your Garden a Sustainable Habitat

There’s no getting away from the fact that the environment is on everyone’s minds these days—we are all trying to do our bit to help save it. If you are someone who has a garden, you’re in a unique position to be able to do even more to help save the planet and do more for environmental eco-systems.

Of course, a lot of gardening enthusiasts aren’t too sure what eco-friendly garden activity actually looks like. If you’re someone who is passionate about doing their bit for the environment but isn’t sure what building a sustainable garden looks like, then you might be feeling a little confused and unsure regarding the steps that you need to take in order to create a sustainable habitat in your garden.


Prasad for Women: Talks for Fifth World Women

WELCOME FIFTH WORLD WOMEN. It is good to find you here. This is our time, our great joy, our canvas, our challenge, our sacred work, and our sacred trust. We are born for these times. What we each are, the world needs, every last woman of us. Every good impulse we have, every calling, instinct, stirring, essence, skill, ability, intuition, guidance, and dose of common sense, from the biggest big to the smallest small … all of this adds to the wealth and well-being of this world.


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.


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.


THESE 8 AMBITIOUS ECOLOGICAL PROJECTS are Helping to Heal the World

By Brandon Wiggins in Global Citizen

Thriving ecosystems can better support marine and animal life, provide local jobs and food, and reduce carbon emissions. The United Nations considers life on land and life below water to be two of its Global Goals for Sustainable Development. You can join us in taking action on this and related issues here.


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


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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