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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Aug 5, Wed 7pm – Exploring Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Sierra Club, Green Drinks, and Mountain True will present Timothy Spira, emeritus professor of botany at Clemson University on “Exploring Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains”.  

Wednesday, August 5, 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Please be aware the church is under remodeling.  There will be signs posted as to where to enter!

Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net , 828-683-2176


Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Written by Deborah

July 24: Save the French Broad Benefit at the Orange Peel

Save the French Broad concert at the Orange Peel with Matisyahu. 100% of the proceeds go to cleanup the French Broad River. For more information click on the Orange Peel link


Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Written by Deborah

July 16 Activist training



Activist meet and greet, training, and team launch!

As this summer heats up, so does our campaign to support a strong and just Clean Power Plan in North Carolina. The EPA will finalize the historic Clean Power Plan rule in August, and Governor McCrory’s administration has one year to develop and submit a plan tailored specifically to NC. However, the state agency tasked with creating our Clean Power Plan under Governor McCrory’s leadership have no intention to engage with the clean energy and environmental community to create a plan that reduces carbon pollution, expands our clean energy economy, and protects public health.

The clock is ticking and the action must begin now to get Governor McCrory to commit to creating a strong and just Clean Power Plan that works best for North Carolina and one that cuts carbon emissions by advancing our clean energy economy.

At this meeting we will:  

  • Provide an overview of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, what it means for the future of clean energy in North Carolina
  • Collaborate on a plan of action to ensure that Governor McCrory knows that WNC supports the Clean Power Plan and we demand action to cut carbon emissions 
  • Launch campaign teams that support our plan of action  

What: Clean Power Plan activist meet and greet, training, and action team launch!

When: Thursday, July 16 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Sierra Club office | 34 Wall Street | Downtown Asheville [map] | 3rd Floor conference room 

Who: Anyone who wants to help secure a Clean Power Plan for North Carolina 

Pizza and refreshments will be provided

RSVP needed –>Please follow this link to let us know you’re coming!

 With your help, we can get Governor McCrory to take responsibility and address a clear threat to the well being of all North Carolinians and our natural resources. 

For more information on the Clean Power Plan visit www.cleanpowerplan.org 

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Written by Deborah

July 18 – Annual Summer Picnic

On Saturday, July 18, the Sierra Club will enjoy its 6th Annual Summer Picnic from noon to 4 pm at the Blue Ridge Parkway sheltered picnic grounds located on Bull Mt. Rd. near the VA Hospital on Riceville Rd.

Directions: Exit 7 on I-240; go east on Tunnel Rd for 2 miles; turn north on Riceville Rd; go 1.3 miles and turn west on Bull Mt. Rd. The fenced-in, sheltered picnic area is on the left about 1⁄2 mile up the road. Please bring a pot luck dish to share and your own settings. Drinks will be provided. Badminton, horseshoes and music will add to the festivities. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness

“Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness” is a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  This 20-minute video journey through redrock splendor invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. The program was made possible through the generous donation of photos, music and words from concerned Utahns who wish to pass this heritage onto future generations, including narration by Robert Redford. Promo Photo 1Promo Photo 2Promo Photo 3Promo Photo 4

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Duke will retire Asheville coal-fired power plant

Duke will retire the Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with a new natural gas-fired generator as well as a solar farm. You can read the Citizen-Times article and the Sierra Club statement in response by clicking on the following links:

Citizen-Times article

Sierra Club statement 

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Solar tax credit extended to Jan 1, 2017 (with caveats)

Governor McCrory has extended the 35% state tax credit for existing solar projects that are at least 80 percent complete by January 1, 2017. This credit was set to expire on Dec 31, 2015, but Senate Bill 372 has pushed the expiration deadline back for small projects that are already underway by the end of this year. McCrory said that he will end incentives for the solar industry after that.

 This means you have five months left to sign a solar contract if you want to get 35% of the cost back from NC, as well as 30% back from the federal government. 

In order to use the extension, a $5,000 fee must be paid and the extension must be filed on or before October 1st of this year. In effect this makes the tax credit extension inconsequential for residential systems. Instead, the extension protects large developers like Duke Energy who are building at the utility scale. Read the full article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/04/30/nc-gov-mccrory-extend-tax-credits-renewable-energy.html

Contact Katie Bray
, Director, 
Clean Energy for Us katie@cleanenergyfor.us if you have questions about your solar proposal or need help making an informed decision.

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Written by Deborah

POSTPONED: June 4 — Activist Training and Strategy session

The NC Sierra Club is working to make sure that our state develops a Plan that increases our use of clean energy and energy efficiency to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules for reducing climate-disrupting emissions under the Clean Air Act.  We need your help to get the cleanest and most just Clean Power Plan possible from the McCrory Administration.  We are holding a training session here in Asheville on Thursday, June 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Sierra Club Office at 45 Wall Street, Suite 709, and food will be provided.  Please plan to attend to find out how you can help.  Contact Britten Cleveland atbritten.cleveland@sierraclub.org or 941-979-2948 to sign up or for more information.    

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Written by Deborah

June 3 Meeting: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan and North Carolina

Sierra Club, Mountain True and Green Drinks are presenting a program on EPA’s Clean Power Plan mandate for North Carolina to reduce its carbon pollution from power plants by 39% from 2012 levels and what we can do to make it happen.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place (Charlotte St & Edwin Pl in Asheville)

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  at 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Drew Jones of Climate Interactive presentation on climate change

Global senario for addressing climate change – youtube video