A nationwide search for the greenest grade school in America has narrowed it down to 10 finalists, and Asheville’s Evergreen Community Charter School is one of them.
Painting the town green Natural as dirt: Earthpaint founder Tom Rioux shows off his biodegradable paint at The Healthy House, a green-building store in Fletcher. Photo by jonathan welch When Tom Rioux set out to develop a nontoxic, regionally sourced paint product several years ago, he wasn’t just following the green-building fad. A painter by […]
The media work for this historic declaration — which evidently wasn’t supported by the entire tribe — was conducted locally.
When in drought, tough questions arise.
Got the post-holiday blues? Not to worry: Asheville’s Mardi Gras parade, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, is just a little more than a month away, and in the meantime, there’s 12th Night this Sunday.
Countless folk songs pay homage to the long, lonesome blow of a train whistle, a common note in any city with railroad crossings. But while a distant whistle may have the power to inspire traveling tunes, a train horn sounding right next to your home or workplace could make you wish you were traveling somewhere […]
Hot enough for you? Once again, the year now ending is projected to be one of the 10 warmest on record, according to preliminary data from the Asheville-based National Climatic Data Center. The 10 warmest years globally have all occurred within the last decade, the report notes (the full 2007 climate report is due Jan. […]
EPA rolls in on the TAGA bus When wildfires surged through Southern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was on the scene with a TAGA bus. Chemical fire? Monitoring fumigation used to dispel Anthrax? Analyzing toxic vapors in the subsurface? All jobs for the TAGA bus. Short for “trace atmospheric gas analyzer,” the $1 million […]
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy responds to the Senate’s vote on the U.S. energy bill, which dropped a provision for a nationwide clean-energy standard.
As one might expect, life in the fast-food industry moves swiftly. That may help explain why Ed McCammon of The Winning Team, the local Arby’s franchise holder, tends to pepper his conversations with acronyms. It’s quicker, for instance, to describe the roast-beef-sandwich chain as a “QSR” than a quick-service restaurant, or to characterize its mission […]
Buncombe County Commissioners voted to spend $1.6 million to preserve mountain land.
When the city of Asheville solicited public comment on upcoming revisions to its storm-water and erosion-control ordinances, there was no shortage of community members eager to weigh in. A Nov. 28 public meeting in the Public Works Building drew a large crowd, suggesting that a proposed clampdown on construction-related runoff remains a touchy issue. Under […]
Residents living near the former CTS of Asheville plant, a hazardous-waste site on Mills Gap Road, have upped the ante in an ongoing push for a full-scale cleanup, announcing that they intend to file a federal lawsuit. Meanwhile, both the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have launched […]
We goofed, and published the wrong answer grid for last week’s crossword.
Glancing out a picture window in his office at The North Carolina Arboretum, George Briggs notices how the clouds rolling over the mountain landscape create a constantly shifting tapestry of colors. “I believe that the environment a person is in has an influence on the decisions that are made,” he remarks. High hopes: Cheryl McMurry […]
Tracking N.C.‘s carbon footprint A new online database called Carbon Monitoring for Action could prove to be a powerful tool for activists who are pushing companies and policy-makers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Available at no cost to users, the easy-to-navigate database displays information about how much carbon dioxide individual power plants, utilities and geographic regions […]
“I never hung out at any squat really, though Sonic Youth did play at one or two on our first European tours,” remembers Sonic Youth front man Thurston Moore in Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy (Abrams Image, 2007). Moore edited the book, which was just released. “My experience with that scene is that it was […]
The city of Asheville is hosting a public-information meeting on the storm-water ordinance Wednesday evening. So why should you care?
Gary A. Davis, an environmental attorney based in Hot Springs, has sent a notice of intent to sue on behalf of 29 residents living near the former CTS of Asheville plant.
Educator of the year sets a green standard According to the Environmental Educators of North Carolina Web site, an individual who garners the organization’s Environmental Educator of the Year award is “a ‘dynamo’ that other environmental-education practitioners strive to emulate.” Stan Cross has been named Environmental Educator of the Year. This year’s dynamo is Stan […]
As Asheville grows, so too does traffic congestion. For anyone frustrated with slow-motion rush hours, ballooning gas prices, or the routine of circling around until a small miracle occurs and a downtown parking space opens up, there’s always the city bus. Lately, more energy is going into improving the Asheville Transit System, and it’s the […]