Man proposes hi-tech regional recycling center for Asheville

Those wishing to learn about a proposal for a new recycling center for Asheville should consider attending MountainTrue’s next meeting of the Southern Regional Office Recycling Committee on March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in its conference room at 611 N. Church St., in Hendersonville. The main presenter will be Ken Allison of Regional Recycling Solutions […]

Should Asheville libraries offer “makerspaces”?

A while back a local blogger suggested Asheville libraries should offer makerspaces, which are sometimes called hackerspaces or fablabs. Essentially such offerings serve persons with a do-it-yourself orientation. “A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources” offers some approaches and ideas, including links to articles like “Libraries, Hackspaces and E-waste: how libraries can be the hub […]

Nine-weekend class teaches eco-homesteading, self-sufficiency

Wild Abundance offers a variety of classes and consultations in eco-homesteading, primitive skills, self-sufficiency, organic gardening, wild foods and medicine, natural building, permaculture and living off-grid. The groups Living Skills School is offering a 160-hour course called “Essentials,” which meets one weekend a month, starting March 28-9 and running through November. The course introduces students […]

Air quality forecast for Saturday, Feb. 28: Fair (YELLOW)

Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015 are code YELLOW air quality forecast days for the valleys of Asheville. This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. For the ridge tops, Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015 are code GREEN air quality forecast days. No health impacts are […]

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Mission Hospital concerns appear on Facebook after NPR-story

Following yesterday’s NPR story “Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem” by Daniel Zwerdling — which dealt with a case at Mission Health Systems — a comment thread has sprung up on the Facebook “Buncombe Politics” page. The NPR story reported: The case of Terry Cawthorn and Mission Hospital, in Asheville, N.C., gives […]

GO FOSSIL FREE! Brevard College students, staff and faculty rallied to help convince the school's board of trustees to divest its fossil-fuel holdings.

Groups in three states campaign for a local veto over natural gas activity

Environmental groups in three states are demanding that communities have local-veto power over natural gas extraction, transport and use, according to a release from the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. The groups object to reliance on fossil fuels along with the pollution they cause. Protests were in evidence in Asheville and in Brevard. At Brevard […]

Want to help match farmers with farmland? The position is open

Here’s a job position posted by Jeanine Davis, who helps farmers by conducting research and educational programs on organic agriculture, medicinal herbs, heirloom tomatoes, truffles, hops, and other specialty crops. WNC Farmlink Coordinator Position in Asheville, NC! Are you the right person to lead this exciting program matching farmers with farmland? So many people in […]

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Duke acquires REC Solar, aims to produce 6,000 MW renewable energy

Duke has acquired majority ownership of REC Solar, an California-based company that sells and finances commercial-size solar arrays, according to an article in GuruFocus. REC Solar is projected to producing 82 million kilowatt hours yearly in North Carolina, approximately enough to power about 6,500 homes. According to the article: Duke plans to invest up to […]

WNC nonprofit happiness: Blue Ridge National Heritage makes 22 grants

Blue Ridge National Herigate Area Partnership just announced its latest round of grants to 22 WNC nonprofits totaling $170,000.     Appalachian Barn Alliance: $7,000 to create a historical archive and a self-guided driving tour of old barns in Madison County     Appalachian State University: $7,500 to work with local schools to develop multimedia lesson plans […]

Governor appoints Scott Rogers to state Council on Homelessness

Scott Rogers, executive director of the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, was among those appointed to the N.C. Governor’s Council on Homelessness earlier this month. Here’s a list of the appointments: Ilario Pantano (New Hanover County) – Pantano is the director of the State Division of Veterans Affairs. Bob Kucab (Wake County) – Kucab is […]

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Asheville-based Innovative Solar Systems set to build huge PV project

Asheville-based Innovative Solar Systems is ready to start construction on a large PV project that will generate enough power from the sun to serve 15,000-20,000 homes, according to an article on Solar Server. The company has gotten the necessary permits and approvals. The 75 megawatt solar farm will be built in Fayetteville. It will be […]