Events & Presentations

All programs will be on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Pl, Asheville, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin) except for July when we have the annual Sierra Club picnic.

Contact:, 828-683-2176




















Wed, February 1 – “River Canoeing Adventures” Presentation












Sierra Club’s Richard Kark will present “River Canoeing Adventures,” a slide show of hundreds of adventures on Class III and IV whitewater rivers in Appalachia, Northern Canada, and the American West. Program: February 1 , 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church in Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte and Edwin.
Contact: Richard Kark, 828-253-2650,






































“Dark Skies” by Bernie Arghiere, president of Asheville’s Astronomy Club
Program: January 4, Wednesday,  7:00 pm
Unitarian Church,1 Edwin Place, at the corner of Charlotte & Edwin in Asheville

The local Sierra Club will present “Dark Skies,” a program by Bernie Arghiere, president of Asheville’s Astronomy Club, and constructor of 2 private observatories in our region,  who will discuss  Buncombe County’s first time lighting ordinances to be voted on Jan. 17 by Buncombe County Commissioners. Bernie will explain what we can do to encourage the county commissioners to make good ordinances. He will conclude with fun slides of Asheville’s night sky in January, 2012. Contact:, 828-683-2176


Holiday Party December 7 at 7:00 pm

Sierra Club’s 2nd annual Holiday Party and recognition awards will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Church in Asheville, 1 Edwin Place.  Please bring a potluck dish to share and a book to swap. All are warmly invited. Contact information:; 828-683-2176


Sustainable Transportation Presentation

The Sierra Club of Western North Carolina will present a program on “Sustainable Transportation” with UNCA engineering professor Dave Erb who has had a 30 year career as an automotive engineer developing vehicles employing all power sources including hybrid electric. Program: Oct, 5 (Wednesday), 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church, Edwin and Charlotte in Asheville.


The Last Mountain: Special Screening and Event

Special Screening and Event

7 p.m. August 16, Tuesday

(Full screening Aug 12-18)

Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville

36 Biltmore


Wenoca Group of the Sierra Club, the Western North Carolina Alliance and its French Broad River keeper,  North Carolina Interfaith Power & LightTransition Asheville, and Appalachian Voices, invite you to a Q & A discussion after the screening at 7 p.m., Tues, August 16 at the Fine Arts Theatre.


Afterwards join us for chocolate delights, more discussion and networking at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 S Lexington Ave. The sponsors will provide a selection of chocolate truffles and brownies with decaf coffee for your enjoyment. Wine and specialty coffee drinks are a la carte.


Greening Your Home Inside and Out: With Energy Efficiency and Permaculture
September 7, Social at 7pm, Program at 7:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place


Jacob Sadler will be giving an overview of the new local team-based home energy efficiency improvement program, Neighbor Saves! The Neighbor Saves program, funded through the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is an excellent way for friends, co-workers, or neighbors to work together, get free training, and save hundreds on labor and material costs for home energy efficiency improvements. Jacob Sadler is the Residential Outreach Coordinator for the Western North Carolina Green Building Council,  a member supported organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education.

The Enzo’s presentation will cover some basics of Permaculture design, a system of ecological design based on a philosophy of working with nature rather than against nature. Permaculture systems incorporate earth care ethics, organic food production, renewable energy, appropriate technology, aquaculture, agro-forestry, natural building, sustainable small business development, and more.
Dr. Alan Enzo and his wife Jessica are the Directors of Happily Distracted Permaculture, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer accredited Permaculture Design courses, workshops and consulting services. Dr. Enzo (also known as “Enzo”) is an award-winning researcher in both Ecological Economics and Sustainable Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Management (specializing in Ecological Economics), and holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business from Tennessee State University. Jessica Enzo’s love of landscapes, organic gardening and design led her to study Permaculture Design. She has a B. A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University, and is a certified teacher. Jessica teaches Permaculture in Asheville, and also works as a professional Integrated Nutritionist (Health Coach).