The subject: “Making it happen! Full cleanup.”
As mass-scale biofuels come under closer scrutiny in the face of rising food costs, Asheville author Forest Gregg has come out with what’s been called the definitive work on using straight veggie oil as fuel. A fool for fryer fuel: Circus traveler-turned-author Forest Gregg can teach you how to run your car on straight veggie […]
The seeds for the Ashevillage Building Convergence were sown a dozen years ago when a small group of people in Portland, Ore., transformed a run-of-the-mill intersection into an attractive public gathering space. They built an earthen teahouse, planted gardens, erected a kiosk for fliers and poetry, painted a vibrant design on the pavement, threw a […]
Ever since gas prices spiked, the phone lines at Altech-Eco Energy Corp. have been burning up. “I do not have enough time to field all the calls,” says Par Neiburger, who works in sales and customer relations for the company. As he speaks, a phone can be heard ringing in the background. “Everyone who calls […]
Francine Delany New School for Children students send their brook trout into the wild
State Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford County) has introduced legislation that would outlaw importation of coal that was extracted using mountaintop-removal.
According to Asheville Sanitation Division Director Wendy Simmons, skilled garbage-truck drivers can guide the automated claw that grabs brush waste with enough precision to pick up an egg. Not a very practical skill, perhaps, but it serves to show what a $250,000 refuse truck is capable of—especially in the hands of an experienced driver who […]
Progress Energy’s bid to build an oil-fired power plant in Woodfin ground to a halt about a year ago after hundreds of residents decried the potential health and environmental impacts during a public hearing held by the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. That same night, the agency rejected the utility’s request for a conditional-use permit, […]
What does it take to ensure that all of Asheville’s water customers have safe, potable drinking water every time they turn the faucet? In short, three water-treatment plants, 152 employees, a system consisting of approximately 1,625 miles of main lines, 52,000 water meters and a great deal of maintenance, monitoring and adjusting to meet greater […]
In a country that’s grappling with an economic downturn, rising food costs and a surge in requests for food assistance, it might seem absurd that about one-quarter of the food produced nationwide gets thrown away. Yet, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that’s exactly what’s happening: From farmer’s fields to commercial kitchens to markets […]
Asheville typically catches the attention of national audiences as a tourist destination, but a local filmmaker has documented the view of WNC from a boxcar.
Through a partnership with the city of Asheville and Buncombe County, a waterline will be extended to serve south Asheville residents whose wells tested positive for trichloroethylene.
Half an hour before Asheville residents began flooding into the Civic Center for the Downtown Master Plan kickoff meeting on May 8, a rally organized by People Advocating for Real Conservancy had sprung up outside. Waving signs that read “Save the Basilica” and “Stop the High Rise,” PARC was there to protest a nine-story hotel […]
A May 6 article in The Guardian of Manchester, England, offers a chilling glimpse of massive toxic dumps in Ghana, where heaps of discarded computers, televisions and other electronic waste from the United States and Western Europe wind up. Thousands of tons of such trash—commonly called e-waste—are illegally shipped there from the developed world, laden […]
About a year ago, the Asheville City Council set an ambitious long-term goal for reducing the city’s contribution to climate change: an 80 percent cut in city government’s carbon emissions by 2050. That means looking for ways to conserve, retrofitting city facilities with more energy-efficient technologies, and generally shrinking Asheville’s carbon footprint at a rate […]
Turn $25 into $5,000 — or a solar hot-water system valued at $8,000 — by entering Evergreen Community Charter School’s Go Green Raffle.
Progress Energy’s Community Energy Advisory Council plunks down some cash for local green programs.
The Joli Rouge—a popular hangout for countercultural Asheville—has closed its doors for the last time. Many a punk show, drag show, fashion show and even fetish freak show played out within the cavernous black-and-red, two-story bar on College Street in downtown Asheville, which opened in 2005. Up in flames: Fire spinners were a regular spectacle […]
Sometimes, the solution to a problem is … another problem. Last year, 32 low-income residents of Richmond, Calif., participated in Solar Richmond, a training program for installing solar panels. Within weeks of completing the program, all of them interviewed with potential employers. In New York, an organization called Sustainable South Bronx has helped low-income workers […]
High atop Mount Mitchell, an air monitor installed by the state tracks ozone. Oddly enough, it sometimes detects unsafe levels of the pollutant, a respiratory irritant, in the middle of the night—when no cars are passing through, and temperatures have dropped far below the level favorable for ozone formation. Why? O No: It’s officially ozone […]