Students guide Buncombe leaders to clean energy pledge

December 21st, 2017
By Deborah

A group of high school and college students working with the Sierra Club have made a convincing case that Buncombe County should transition to 100% clean energy.

Students representing nine high schools and UNC-Asheville have formed a group called Youth for Environmental Stewardship (YES), sponsored by Greenworks and the Sierra Club’s Wenoca Group, with guidance from Wenoca volunteers Judy Mattox and Jamileh Mikati.

Members of YES meet the second Wednesday of each month to plan an environmental work day on the first Sunday of the following month, as well as environmental goals for the member schools and Buncombe County.

YES members attended two county commission meetings to urge commissioners to reconsider an earlier vote against a resolution to work toward transitioning the county to 100% renewable energy over the next 10 years.

The group gathered signatures from 1,800+ students and some adults who support the renewable energy target. Several students spoke to the commissioners at their Nov. 7 meeting, describing how county residents of all ages were eager to sign the petition.

The arguments were persuasive: The Buncombe County Commission voted 4-3 in favor of a resolution to work toward 100% renewable energy for county operations by 2030, and for the rest of the county by 2042. Read more about the meeting and the students’ work in this Asheville Citizen-Times story.

We’re proud of the Wenoca Sierra Club Group, Greenworks and YES – working together for a cleaner, brighter future for all of us!


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