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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

ASHEVILLE NEWS from Our City – Arts, Energy and Racial Equity

City issues call for artists for River Arts District public art project

The City is continuing to implement the River Arts District (RAD) Public Art Plan.

The City of Asheville and the Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) seek qualified artists to submit Letters of Interest in becoming one of three artists asked to submit proposals for a project called Playful Art. When complete, Playful Art will provide an interactive and playful experiential installation for all ages.

From this call for artists, the review committee will choose the top three most qualified artists for this project. Those qualified artists will each be provided with a $250 honorarium to develop two project proposals to include a sketch and narrative for a work of art inspired by the theme of “playful art.” The committee is especially interested in work that highlights the location in the River Arts District as well as accessibility, creativity, play, engagement for all ages, and experience. The work could be a sculpture, earth work, or other appropriate and engaging piece to be installed in a park-like setting along the  French Broad River East Greenway. It will be visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways, free of any admission fee.  

Funding for this project comes from the City’s 1% for Public Art commitment. To learn more and/or to stay up-to-date with the River Arts District Public Art projects, please visit ashevillenc.gov/publicart or click here.

For more information, please contact  Stephanie Monson Dahl, Public Art Program Administrator, at smonson@ashevillenc.gov or 828-337-4111.

Click here for the Call for Artists – Playful Art project description, deadlines and more information.

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City of Asheville to release climate change resource guide and share renewable energy initiative findings

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Interested in local energy and climate issues? Come to the City of Asheville’s Climate Resource Guide release and Renewable Energy Initiative community update.

Set for 5 to 7 p.m. June 19 at The Collider, 1 Haywood St., Fourth Floor, the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE) will share information on how — as a community and individually — we can become better prepared and more resilient to the effects of climate change. The event will feature the release of “Building a Climate-Resilient Asheville — Personal Action Guide.”

Asheville has a history of climate-related impacts — major floods in 1916 and 2004, landslides, nuisance flooding, wildfires, and the record drought of 2007–2008, to name a few. The city is also facing other stressors, like pressures from population growth, increasing demand for city services, economic changes, land use issues, and the desire to preserve a sense of place.  Click here to continue reading

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City of Asheville earns GIS award for racial equity mapping project

Cover to presentation titled Mapping Racial Equity in Asheville, NC

The City of Asheville was recently awarded the North Carolina G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS in support of the City’s Mapping Racial Equity project.

Asheville was recognized during the 2019 N.C. GIS Conference in Winston-Salem. City Council officials received the award during their May 14 meeting.

GIS is a geographic information system used as a framework for gathering, managing and analyzing data.

The GIS team worked with the Equity & Inclusion office to map and record some of Asheville’s history around race. This included mapping out areas where red-lining and urban renewal occurred. They also crowd-sourced African American history, displacement and neighborhood change.

The City of Asheville is a member of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE) and is able to use its resources and network to continue learning and advancing racial equity goals in Asheville.  “In order for transformation to occur, an understanding of our racialized history is required,” said Kimberlee Archie, Director of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Asheville. “There are specific past and current policies, procedures, practices, and budget decisions that result in disparate outcomes by race.  A mapping tool such as this is critical for us to use for change to occur.”  Click here to continue reading


Public Lands Bill Provides ‘Lifeline For Migratory Birds’

(Washington, DC, February 25, 2019) Passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), expected tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives, will signify a bipartisan win for birds and people, and a step in the right direction toward advancing wildlife conservation and recreation initiatives. The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 98-2.


What if plastic never became waste?

In communities all over the world, circular recycling solutions provide a path to keeping plastic products out of our natural environments for good.

In the center of the Pacific Ocean, weighing more than 87,000 tons, is an amorphous vortex of trash known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. First discovered in the mid-1990s, it expands each year, collecting new pieces and particles. It’s just one striking example of how the world is experiencing a direct threat from excess consumer waste, demonstrating the urgent need for sustainable solutions.  from The Washington Post January, 2019

 


The Biggest Immediate Opportunity for Countries to Step Up Climate Action

By Eliza Northrop

The alarming report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month made it crystal clear that every country, business and person in the world will need to step up climate action if the world is to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C (2.7°F). Breaching this temperature threshold would bring catastrophic impacts the world has never seen—from even more extreme weather events to coral reef die-off to food insecurity.

Time to Recycle Smarter

The United States has exported a third of its recyclables to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base.   However, beginning in 2013, China began to make a series of policies shifts to reduce the amount and types of recyclable materials into their country. 


WOMEN ARE ALREADY THE MAJORITY. NOW LET’S BUILD A SUPERMAJORITY

In the past two years, we’ve seen what happens when women mobilize.

  • 1 in 5 Americans has participated in a march or protest since 2016. The biggest issue driving these actions is support for women’s rights.
  • Women donated $100 million more to campaigns and causes in 2018 than they did in 2016.
  • We’ve been the majority of voters in every national election since 1964. In 2018, women helped elect a Congress with a record-breaking 127 women members.

Energy Innovation Task Force Announces Cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant, Honors Community Partners

The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential and business ratepayers more than $100 million paid for through higher electricity bills,” notes EITF member and Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Brownie Newman. The peaker plant would have been used to ensure electricity production during peak demand times such as the coldest winter days.  Click here to read more


SECRETS OF THE FOREST,  a Four Volume Series on Returning to Nature by Following the Footsteps of the Cherokee

By Mark Warren, owner of Medicine Bow Wilderness School and winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s “Georgia Conservation Educator of the Year” award, U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and winner of the World Championship Longbow title.


Asheville Greenworks of Buncombe County – Program Spotlight: Urban Forestry

Here at GreenWorks, we know that trees contribute to a better quality of life. Trees provide oxygen, improve air and water quality, reduce stormwater management costs, and offer important habitat to urban wildlife. In addition, studies show that they promote greater physical activity, reduce stress and improve mental health, and even lead to reduced crime rates.


Good News for Fourth Graders: They Can Keep Their Park Passes, for Now

FOURTH GRADERS RECEIVED THEIR EVERY KID IN A PARK PASSES DURING A SPECIAL CANOEMOBILE EVENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HOSTED BY WILDERNESS INQUIRY AND NATIONAL PARK TRUST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NORTH FACE, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, AND THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM AND KICK OFF OAK’S ANNUAL GATHERING. | PHOTO COURTESY OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS


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