Despite being one of the fastest growing industries in the country, solar isn’t a very diverse field: In fact, only 19 percent of solar jobs are held by women. But with the technology becoming increasingly affordable and the number of jobs in the industry increasing, professionals working in the field say solar is taking off — and providing women with a lot of new opportunities.
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Green Opportunities’ new director gets his feet — and his shoes — wet
As the new executive director of Green Opportunities, the green jobs training program that works with low-income Asheville residents, George C. Jones plans to continue the environmental consciousness that was practiced by previous leadership, but his tenure will be guided by his business background.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music present: Sister Ivy (round 2)
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Rachel Waterhouse and Brian Kirk of Sister Ivy perform “American Lullabye.”
A mossier, more magical world: Local ‘mosser’ releases new book on moss gardening
Annie Martin — or Mossin’ Annie — is a Western North Carolina native, educator, landscape designer, farmer and champion — of mosses. She’s designed moss gardens for the North Carolina Arboretum and the Highland Botanical Station and her book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening, is being published by Timber Press and released this month.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music present: Valerie Meiss as Tiny Wonder (round two)
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Valerie Meiss performs “Dumpsters & Divebars.”
Community groups, nonprofits form coalition to oppose Duke Energy transmission lines, expansion plans
Press release: Communities, neighbors and grassroots organizations across Western Carolina have joined forces to oppose Duke Energy’s Western Carolina expansion plans, including a network of power transmission lines, a large-scale gas-fired power plant near Asheville and substation at Campobello, SC.
Youth Outright to hold monthly meetings for middle school youth
Press release: Youth Outright to hold monthly discussion group meetings for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) middle school youth (ages 11 – 13).
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music present: Krekel and Whoa (round two)
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Krekel and Whoa perform “How Can It Be?”
Local solar company urges Duke Energy to support extension of renewable energy tax credit
Weaverville-based solar energy company Sundance Power Systems along with three other North Carolina rooftop solar providers has issued a public statement calling on Duke Energy to support an extension of the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit. The credit is set to expire at the end of this year. While the N.C. House does include a […]
AAAC, Asheville Art Museum, Carolina Public Press among recipients of Community Foundation grants
From The Community Foundation Press Release Four Natural and Cultural Resources Focus Area Grants totaling $110,000 were recently awarded to the Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Art Museum, Carolina Public Press and NC International Folk Festival/Folkmoot by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Natural and Cultural Resources is a focus area for the Foundation, […]
John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain to hold Concert in the Garden
From The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden Press release The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden will host a concert in the garden on August 29. The evening will feature Aditi Sethi and Jay Brown with special guests Kiah Abendroth and River Guerguerian. A brief tour of the community garden will begin promptly at 6 p.m. […]
Bruce Drysdale Elementary receives grant from Christopher Reeve Foundation to improve accessibility
From Bruce Drysdale Elementary Press release Bruce Drysdale is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 84 grants totaling over $704,732 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily […]
Exchange nonprofit Asheville TimeBank to hold orientation and potluck dinner, Aug. 28
What is Asheville TimeBank? It’s a nonprofit sharing organization where members exchange services for other services. After paying a suggested donation of $10-$20 for a year’s membership, participants can earn and spend credits exchanging services such as gardening or computer work for babysitting or dog-walking. The organization will hold an orientation and potluck on Friday, […]
Youth Outright’s new program aims to connect LGBTQ high schoolers with allies and supportive faculty
Press release: Youth Outright announces a new program, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and Schools Outreach, to better serve and connect secondary school LGBTQ and allied youth and supportive school personnel in Western North Carolina.
MountainTrue to hold Henderson County Big Sweep litter cleanup, Sept. 12
From MountainTrue Press release On Saturday, September 12, 2015, MountainTrue’s Southern Regional Office will host their annual Henderson County Big Sweep. Henderson County Big Sweep is a county-wide litter cleanup program that brings citizens and community organizations together to clear trash from their waterways. Civic organizations, Scout troops, church groups, school groups, Adopt-A-Stream teams, neighborhood […]
The green queen: Meet Asheville’s new chief sustainability officer
The city of Asheville has announced its new chief sustainability officer. Amber Weaver, who previously served as energy and environmental project manager for the DeKalb County Government in Georgia and director of Keep DeKalb Beautiful, joined the city in July.
Inaugural Mountain Brew Fest canceled following communication failures with ALE, ABC
Environmental nonprofit MountainTrue has canceled its inaugural Mountain Brew Fest, previously scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22, in downtown Hendersonville. According to the organization, the decision to cancel the event is related to an “inability to get clear and consistent answers regarding event requirements from the Alcohol Beverage Control and Alcohol Law Enforcement agencies.” Tickets will […]
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music present: Pretty Pretty (round 2)
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Pretty Pretty performs “Sic 69.”
Documentary on Christopher Mello’s West Asheville garden to screen at Skyland Library
West Asheville gardener Christopher Mello and filmmaker Bill Torgerson will present their short documentary Yes You May: The Story of Christopher’s Garden at Skyland Library on Thursday, Aug. 13.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music present: Sister Ivy
Our series with Sherwood’s Music — showcasing local musicians through stripped-down performances for the web — is returning for a limited run this summer. This week Rachel Waterhouse and Brian Kirk of Sister Ivy perform “Citiphonica.”
Asheville Fire Department to lead Pink Heals Tour, Aug. 7
From the Asheville Fire Department Press release The Asheville Fire Department supports the National Pink Heals Tour as they make their way into Asheville on Friday, August 7 starting at 10:30 a.m. AFD will meet the tour at the city line near Canton and will proudly lead the tour to the Asheville Outlets for a […]