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Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Written by Deborah

March 2 meeting 7pm: Wildflowers & Rocky Fork State Park

Tim Pharis, ranger at Rocky Fork, will introduce the new state park (just a short 40 minute I-26 N drive from Asheville), and Frosty Levy, Prof. Emeritus of Biology at East TN State Univ. will delight us with slides of the park’s wildflowers.

Wednesday March 2, 2016   7:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place (Charlotte Street and Edwin Place in Asheville)

Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Green Drinks, and Mountain True          

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

Free & Open to the Public  

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Written by Deborah

Feb 17: Evening with Carl Safina

Animal Lover?  Who is not in the greater Asheville area! Get closer to your pooch(es), cat(s), macaw(s), chicken(s), and the list goes on!

 Beyond Words: What AnimalsThink and Feel

February 17th: An evening (5:30 pm reception and 6:00 program) with NYT bestselling author and PBS host, Carl Safina at 36 Montford Avenue, Lenoir-Rhyne University / Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Asheville.

Tickets are $20 ($10 student discount) and can be purchased at www.WaterRockInstitute.org, or mail check to WaterRock Institute, PO Box 625, Asheville, NC 28802.

Malaprops is carrying the book, and books will be available for sale and signing the night of the program.

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Written by Deborah

Jan 26: Speak out at public hearing. Listen to us again Duke!

North Carolina Utilities Commission and Duke Energy will listen:

When? 7 p.m., January 26th

 Where? Buncombe County Courthouse, Court Plaza, Asheville

You haven’t proven the need for the additional 192-megawatt “peaking” unit to be built in 2023 that you are applying now to build! Energy efficiency programs are already in discussion with Asheville and the County. What about alternative energy sources like solar and wind? What about demand reduction?

Who pays for the “peaking” unit? Us

Will the excess energy be shipped beyond the population who paid for it?

 Speak out, friends! We need you to pack the hearing room and stand up for clean energy. You were highly successful before and can be again. The coal plants will be gone due to your efforts.


Saturday, January 9th, 2016
Written by Deborah

Feb 3 meeting 7:00 pm: Do You Know What’s in Your Paper?

Learn how you can make responsible wood and paper buying choices that impact the world’s forests. Josh Martin, Director of the Environmental Paper Network (an international coalition of 145+ organizations transforming the pulp & paper industry) will share how our wood & paper buying choices impact the world’s forests. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place (Charlotte Street and Edwin Place in Asheville). Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net    828-683-2176 Free & Open to the Public

Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Written by Deborah

Energy Conservation

We’re still burning coal in our local Duke plant until 2020! This coal comes from blowing the tops off of the most diverse mountains in North America. Birth defects are 42% higher in these Appalachian mining communities than the rest of the US http://ilovemountains.org/the-human-cost. Ground water near mountain top removal coal operations is unusable. Help us reduce the use of coal now and show Duke we don’t need the mega-size natural gas plant they plan to build to replace the coal burning plant. Please go to the conservation section and consider some ideas on saving energy.