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Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Oct 7 Sierra Club meeting:


“Greenways and Bikeways,” a panel moderated by Vice-Mayor Marc Hunt on Asheville-Buncombe’s efforts to create a county wide network of greenways and bikeways. 

Wednesday, October 7, 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin)

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

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sierra Club endorsements for Asheville City Council Election Oct 6 and Nov 3

Click on ‘Political’ on left side bar for endorsements and voting information. Primary: October 6; Election: November 3

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sept 30: Solar Options in Western North Carolina

Location: The Green Sage (downtown) 5 Broadway St., Asheville

Socializing: 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Presentation: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Curious about solar energy? Want to know your options for switching over to solar?

Join Asheville Green Drinks in meeting Erika Schneider, director of communications at Sundance Power Systems and Bill Maloney, the Solar Panels Project Coordinator at St. Eugene Catholic Church.

Erika will help clarify the difference with the direct purchase, finance or lease options for your future or dream solar installation. As legislation can vary between states, she will also touch on current legislation surrounding solar energy in NC. Following Erika we’ll hear from Bill Maloney. St. Eugene Catholic Church in Asheville is installing over 100 Solar Panels this September to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis to the US.  In his Encyclical “Laudato Si” we are encouraged to take Care of the Earth.  This 45.99 KW DC Net Metered system will reduce CO2 emissions and our dependence on fossil fuel, provide 22% of the Church’s electricity, and give a 35% NC tax credit and 30% Federal charitable tax deduction to donors. MB Haynes Energy Solutions of Asheville will do the installation.  The presentation will discuss our project and show how your Congregation can do the same.

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sept 23: Asheville Greendrinks “Dukes WNC Energy Modernization Plan”

Location: The Green Sage (downtown) 5 Broadway St., Asheville

Socializing: 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Presentation: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Come hear about Duke Energy’s so-called “WNC Modernization Plan” to build a new 650 MW natural gas plant in Asheville and close to 40 miles of new, high voltage transmission lines from South Carolina. Learn about the grassroots response, led by MountainTrue and citizens in Henderson, Polk and Buncombe Counties and supported by the Asheville Beyond coal campaign. Speaker: John Walker, Compaign Coordinator with MountainTrue.

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:00 PM: Update on Collier Avenue Wood Preservation Initiative

Please join us for our first organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM (maximum) in the Lord Auditorium in the Pack Memorial Library, located at 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. We will describe our mission and vision, provide an update on our progress, and discuss next steps. Please bring ideas for a group name, fundraising activities, and for developing an online presence such as web site and or FaceBook page. RSVP to ingedurre@gmail.com. Imke and Inge

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sept 25: free day on Grandfather Mountain

Good morning! My name is Frank Ruggiero, and I’m the director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, which is the nonprofit organization that oversees the Grandfather Mountain attraction in Linville. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know about a special day taking place this month on the mountain.

On Sept. 25, we’ll be celebrating Grandfather Mountain’s inaugural John Muir Day, during which all Sierra Club members with valid proof of membership will receive free admission to our attraction. It’s our way of saying thanks to the Sierra Club and its dedicated members for their ongoing commitment to conservation.

As you may know, John Muir actually visited Grandfather Mountain on Sept. 25, 1898, so the date we’ve chosen as John Muir Day carries some historical significance. Throughout the day, our naturalist staff will offer various programs tailored toward celebrating the life and accomplishments of John Muir. You and your members can read more about this special day here: http://www.grandfather.com/grandfather-mountain-celebrates-john-muir-day/

Please feel free to share this news with your membership, and we look forward to seeing you on the mountain.


Monday, September 14th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sept 19: Americans Who Tell the Truth Gala and Exhibition Opening Reception

6:30pm Saturday September 19, 2015

YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville, NC Reserve your tickets now online: AmericansWhoTellTheTruth.eventbee.com

Join us as we celebrate the portrait unveiling of North Carolina’s own NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, as he is inducted into the ‘Americans Who Tell the Truth’ collection by the artist Robert Shetterly. Enjoy an evening of superb company, music, entertainment … and the opportunity to view the premiere of the NC Traveling Exhibition of 52 inspiring portraits of courageous Americans.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sierra Club Hails Pending Retirement of Duke Energy’s Allen Coal Units in Gaston County, NC

Allen units join ranks of over 200 coal plants announced for retirement since 2010  
BELMONT, N.C.—Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Duke Energy, and a coalition of conservation organizations that would end the burning of coal by three of the five units at Duke Energy’s Allen power plant in Gaston County, N.C., located near the city of Belmont. Under the proposed consent decree, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Duke must permanently cease operation of the units, totaling 605 megawatts of capacity, by Dec. 31, 2024.
This announcement comes after a 15-year legal battle, started in 2000, when the EPA—joined by Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and N.C. Public Interest Research Group, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center—filed suit against Duke Energy for failing to secure the required permits and to operate necessary pollution controls for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter at 13 coal units at five different coal plants in North Carolina. Of the units that were part of the lawsuit, only Allen units 1 and 2 are still operating.
The consent decree also requires Duke to limit its air pollution emissions, to spend $4.4 million dollars in environmental mitigation projects for clean air—including including an electric vehicle infrastructure project, a project to replace old wood-stoves, and $600,000 for energy efficiency programs—and to pay $975,000 in civil penalties.
In response, Kelly Martin, Senior Campaign Representative with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign issued the following statement:
“Today’s settlement agreement, once approved by the court, will set in motion the retirement of three more coal units in North Carolina, and the units at Duke Energy’s Allen coal plant will join the ranks of over 200 coal plants that have been announced for retirement since 2010. Retiring three dirty, outdated coal units at the Allen means Charlotte-area residents will breathe easier.  
North Carolinians deserve clean energy and the benefits of clean air, clean water, and a stable climate. As utilities and energy companies realize that coal is an increasingly bad investment, they are transitioning their resources to cleaner, renewable sources of energy like wind and solar. Given the rapidly declining cost of solar and wind power and recent advancements in battery storage technologies, Duke Energy should utilize low-cost clean energy options when these units cease burning coal and not double down on climate-disrupting fossil fuels by building another natural gas plant.”


Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Free Electric Car Show & Ride,  Sunday Sept 13 noon-6 pm

The Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club invites you to:
WHAT: The 2nd annual FREE Electric Car Show & Ride
WHERE: Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (I-26 exit 33)
WHEN: Sunday afternoon, September 13, 12 to 6 pm
RIDE in a quiet, eco-friendly AND exhilarating electric car!
See over 25 businesses displaying 10 unique plug-in car models, electric motorcycles, electric bicycles, solar panel installers, green lawn care and equipment and more. 
Get answers to your questions about electric transportation from dealers, owners and Professor Plug-In. 
Musiccouponsprize drawings and more!
We look forward to seeing you on September 13!
Please forward this invitation to your friends, family and neighbors and post on your personal Facebook page!
Lenore and Joe Baum
Volunteer City Captains
(828) 645-1412
National Drive Electric Week-Asheville
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Green Power for the World from ex-Duke CEO

Check out this story on USAToday: http://usat.ly/1Jdwkpl