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Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 7 PM, “3 Observatories  in WNC: Burnsville, UNCA, and Madison County.”

Sierra Club  presents on Thursday, January 3, 2019, 7 PM, “3 Observatories  in WNC: Burnsville, UNCA, and Madison County.”

Come hear about the new Bare Dark Sky Observatory in the Mayland Earth to Sky Park located outside of Burnsville, NC. Also learn about Lookout Observatory on the UNCA campus, and Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. All are available to the public.

Location:  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl (Corner of Charlotte and  Edwin)

Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal. net, 828-683-2176
Free and open to the public

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit rejected by Federal Appeals Court

Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail (AP) – “A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Thursday by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal.”

Monday, November 26th, 2018
Written by Deborah

WNC Sierra Club Honors Local Individuals, Institutions, Businesses

Asheville, NC – November 11, 2018: The WNC Sierra Club will present its annual Environmental Recognition Awards on December 6 at its Potluck Holiday Party. The awards are made in recognition of local individuals, institutions and businesses whose actions reflect their commitment to preserving the environment.

The party gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Please bring a dish to share, as well as your own dishes and silverware. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s six awards are:

Green Elected Officials: City of Asheville  

Julie Mayfield, Ashville City Councilwoman, and John Noor, Chair, Asheville Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment Commission, are recognized by the Sierra Club for their leadership in getting the City of Asheville to set a goal of having city government operations transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 and supporting the Buncombe County Goal of having the entire county transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2042. 

Thanks to Noor’s leadership, this goal was approved by the Sustainability Advisory Committee in August. Thanks to Mayfield’s leadership, this goal received a unanimous vote of the Asheville City Council on October 23.

    

Government Sustainability: NC Army National Guard Field Maintenance Shop #1

The North Carolina Army National Guard Field Maintenance Shop #1 proactively works to ensure environmental protection. In 2017, the shop received a Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability. It also placed second in the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards in the Sustainability, Industrial Installation category. The FMS 1 facility also won 1st place for the Environmental Quality category at the National Guard Bureau level for the 2018 competition.

In 2016 and 2017, the shop exceeded expectations in reducing hazardous and universal waste, as well as reducing the use of water. In each of the last two years, it diverted 15 tons of oil, rubber, plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, antifreeze, batteries and wood pallets from landfills. It also replaced its outdated lighting fixtures with LED lights,

Green Business of the Year: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Both LEED ® and Zero Waste certified, Sierra Nevada boasts:         

  • Provision for alternative transportation (bicycle parking and two electric vehicle charging stations)
  • Stormwater management that collects rain water and repurposes it for irrigation and other non-potable water uses (uses 40% less potable water than a similar, traditional building), low-flow toilets and faucets, low-water-use plants and native species
  • An estimated 2,200 photovoltaic solar panels and Capstone Microturbine technology that converts methane biogas captured at its on-site wastewater treatment plant into electricity
  • Recycling and composting programs used during construction enabled the brewery to divert 81% of its waste from the landfill.
  • A healthy, indoor environmental quality. Adhesives, sealants and flooring were selected to reduce chemical concentrations. Lighting and thermal comfort systems were designed for energy efficiency. 99.8% of the facility’s total solid waste is diverted from landfill through reuse, recycling and composting.

Conservation Advocate – Will Harlan

Will Harlan, Editor-in-chief, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, is being honored for his lifetime commitment to conservation. In 2018, he created and went on to direct I Heart Pisgah to celebrate and safeguard the wildest and most biologically important places in the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. It now includes more than 100 businesses and organizations, and thousands of individuals, who support more protected areas in the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. He also founded and organized Friends of Big Ivy, a grassroots organization that protects the old-growth forests and wild areas of the Craggies and Big Ivy section of Pisgah National Forest.

An award-winning journalist, he has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His book, Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America, was a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award Finalist, winner of the Society of Environmental Journalist’s Rachel Carson Book Award, and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2014.

Environmental Organization of the Year: Energy Savers Network

   

Energy Savers Network (ESN) is committed to helping solve the climate crisis by helping people. ESN mobilizes volunteers to focus on improving the homes of lower income people, offering free upgrades, energy saving education, and referrals to agencies that offer more comprehensive repairs and weatherization. Upgrades include weather stripping, water heater insulation, custom interior storm windows, LED lights, water saving fixtures, duct sealing, and minor repairs that save energy. Starting from the first completed home in December 2016, ESN has assisted more than 200 families, including 168 over the past 12 months. ESN’s long-term goal is to serve as many as 500 homes per year.

Director Brad Rouse is aided by staffer Yulia Shaffer ad volunteer Alice Wyndham.

Naturalist, Educator and Wildlife Rehabilitator of the Year: Carlton Burke

Naturalist and educator Carlton Burke lives in Mills River, NC where he operates an educational service called Carolina Mountain Naturalists. This organization specializes in presenting live animal and nature programs and displays for area schools, summer camps, and many other organizations. Burke is a state- and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator with Carolina Mountain Wildlife Control. He also served as the Curator of Exhibits at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville, for more than 25 years. and can be heard each Saturday morning co-hosting Nature News, a local, hour-long radio program. He also teaches with the Blue Ridge Naturalist program at the NC Arboretum, and works with Muddy Sneakers.

For more information, contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Paul Simon donates $25,000 to Muddy Sneakers

Mountain Express: “Muddy Sneakers is incredibly grateful to be the North Carolina recipient of a recent contribution from legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon. As part of his Homeward Bound farewell tour, Simon awarded a gift of $25,000 to Muddy Sneakers to grows its work of awakening in children a deeply felt connection with the natural world. Muddy Sneakers partners with public elementary schools in North Carolina to bring fifth graders onto nearby protected lands to supplement classroom science instruction.” Read more from Mountain Express.

Monday, November 19th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Sierra Club Awards and Potluck Holiday Party Thurs Dec 6, 6:30

Sierra Club will celebrate the holidays by proudly presenting our yearly awards to environmental heroes. We will also honor our volunteers who worked in the election, and many of our endorsed candidates will be present.
Please bring a potluck dish with a card listing the ingredients, and your own place settings.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. (corner of Charlotte St & Edwin)
Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net   828-683-2176
Free & open to the public.
 
Monday, October 29th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Sierra Club presents on Thursday Nov 1 , 7 pm, “Citizen Science”

Sierra Club presents on Thursday Nov 1 , 7 pm, “Citizen Science: what you can do to help our water, urban trees, as well as other environmental protections.”
Alison Ormsby, UNCA Professor of environmental studies along with a panel from Environmental Qualitly Institute and the Treasured Trees program for Asheville/Buncombe County will discuss how you can help.
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716 
 Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Asheville City Council unanimously passed a resolution for 100% Renewable Energy

The Asheville City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for city operations to be powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 and supporting the Buncombe County Goal for the entire county to be powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2042.  Asheville lived up to its nickname of Climate City USA and takes a leadership role in the southeast by recognizing how critical it is to take action on climate change and taking this aggressive action said Ken Brame, local Sierra Club leader in thanking the mayor and council for setting this goal.  The Sierra Club along with the WNC Coalition for 100% Clean Energy, and students from UNCA and Asheville High School presented over 1400 letters and signatures urging passage of the resolution to show the broad community support for taking action now.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Sierra Club presents on Thursday Nov 1 , 7 pm, “Citizen Science”

Sierra Club presents on Thursday Nov 1 , 7 pm, “Citizen Science: what you can do to help our water, urban trees, as well as other environmental protections.”
Alison Ormsby, UNCA Professor of environmental studies along with a panel from Environmental Qualitly Institute and the Treasured Trees program for Asheville/Buncombe County will discuss how you can help.
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716 
 Free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Written by Deborah

Take Action for 100% Renewable Energy for Asheville

Last December, we got Buncombe County to adopt a 100% Renewable Energy Goal that requires county operations to be powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 and for the entire county to meet that goal by 2042. We now need the City of Asheville to adopt the same goal. On Oct. 23rd, the Asheville City Council will vote to set the same goal. Please take a minute and send them an email or make a phone call asking them to pass this resolution. You can send an email to all council members by sending to this email address: AshevilleNCCouncil@ashevillenc.gov  

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Written by Deborah

Thursday Oct 4 , 7 pm, “Cultural & Human History of the Pisgah & Nantahala Forests”

Sierra Club presents on Thursday Oct 4 , 7 pm, ” Cultural & Human History of the Pisgah & Nantahala Forests,” by author Marci Spencer. Hear stories behind our local spectacular scenic beauty by our local author of numerous books.
 
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716 
 Free and open to the public.