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Green Organizations in Asheville and Western North Carolina


American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

conserving rare breeds and genetic diversity in livestock

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a clearing-house for information on livestock and genetic diversity.

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Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Thousands of miles fresher

Welcome to the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Local Food Guide for Western North Carolina and the southern Appalachian mountains. Get connected with healthy, fresh food; the farmers who grow it; and the markets, grocers, and restaurants committed to using locally grown products.

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Asheville Green Drinks

Asheville Green Drinks is a networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink.

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Asheville Green Opportunity Corps

Get Trained. Get Paid. Make a Difference

The Asheville Green Opportunity Corps (Asheville GO) is a paid training and leadership program designed to prepare under-served young adults (ages 18-25) for living wage jobs in the rapidly expanding Green Economy. Our hands-on curriculum combines community service projects, life skills training, and on-the-job experience in order to provide GO members with everything they need to launch successful careers in promising fields like green construction, clean energy, recycling, ecological landscaping and restoration, and sustainable agriculture.

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Asheville Green Works

Asheville Green Works, formerly Quality Forward is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) working to enhance the environment and quality of life for the citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County through awareness building, community activities and partnership.

Our Strengths include:

  • Serving as liasion between citizens, city and county government
  • Dedicated Volunteers: over 12,000 volunteer hours in 2002
  • Over 900 Contributing Members
  • Corporate, governmental and academic partnerships
  • Grassroots activities to increase public awareness and effect public policy

If you are interested in attending committee meetings - Beautification, Clean Community, others, please call 254-1776 for dates/times -everyone is welcome to become involved.

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Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute

Driving knowledge into action

The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute creates, aggregates, and communicates knowledge, providing leadership for sustainable economic growth throughout Western North Carolina. Drawing on the region's extraordinary biodiversity, its pioneering history of ecological awareness and self-reliance, and the intellectual depth and vitality of its growing creative class, BRSI seeks to forge a twenty-first century innovation system by linking:

  • Scientific research related to the atmosphere and water resources,
  • Applied research in the built and natural environment, and
  • Action research in economic development.

By identifying and, where necessary, generating appropriate strategies for improving our understanding of and dedication to a socially, environmentally, and economically interdependent future, BRSI encourages fresh thinking in government and industry, and provides practical tools to community activists and policymakers alike. By also dedicating resources to the increasing global demand for green products and green technologies, the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute helps Western North Carolina model sustainable behaviors replicable throughout the nation and the world

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Bountiful Cities Project

beautiful community spaces that produce food

Our Mission is to create, on urban land, beautiful community spaces that produce food in abundance and foster a learning environment for social
justice and sustainability.

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Timely green design information

About BuildingGreen, LLC

We are an independent publishing company committed to bringing our members accurate, unbiased, and timely green design information

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Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Promoting sustainable agriculture in the Carolinas

Our Mission
Promote local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers.

Our Vision
A regional food system that is good for the farmer, the consumer and the land. CFSA is a membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of more than 1,000 farmers, gardeners, consumers and businesses in North and South Carolina. These members are committed to sustainable agriculture and the development of locally-based, organic food systems. Learn more about how you can join our efforts to grow a healthier food system for our communities.

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The mobile devices recycling resource

CollectiveGood -  the mobile devices recycling resource. If you have spare mobile phones, pagers or PDAs sitting on a shelf or in a drawer, you can recycle them here in an environmentally responsible manner.

CollectiveGood also makes it easy to properly recycling of all of the other electronics you have sitting around the home or office.

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Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Saving the places you love

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina is a non-profit conservation organization that works with governments, agencies, local land trusts and other conservation groups to save the places you love in North Carolina. We provide aid and services to the state's 24 local land trusts, and work directly with willing landowners to protect their property, mainly along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Dogwood Alliance

Real & Lasting Protection for Southern Forests

Southern activists formed Dogwood Alliance in November 1996. Originally, Dogwood Alliance focused on stopping the expansion of chip mills - facilities that grind whole logs into wood chips for making paper and chipboard -- across the South. Beginning in the mid-1980s, large pulp and paper industries shifted the main thrust of their activity from over-cut forests of the Pacific Northwest to recovering forests in the South. This shift resulted in a proliferation of chip mills and unprecedented industrial-scale clear-cutting of forests. Over the last two or three years as citizen concerns about Southern forests escalated into the national spotlight, only a few chip mills have applied for permits in Southern states. While this possibly signals the end of an era of aggressive expansion by the paper industry, it is most definitely not the end of the destruction of the region's forests for paper production.

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Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network (EDN) grew out of the original Earth Day in 1970. Earth Day Network is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world.

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Environmental Defense Fund

An Uncommon Approach to Environmental Issues

We start with rigorous science. Then we work directly with businesses, government and communities.

Together, we create lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems

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Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

Promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

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Organic Growers School

Supporting sustainable agriculture in the Southern Appalachians through education and outreach

The Organic Growers School is a grassroots organization that grew out of the volunteer efforts of a group of farmers and extension specialists who, in 1993, gathered to discuss the need for nuts and bolts, region-specific crop growing information applicable for farmers in Western North Carolina. From this meeting, OGS was born, along with a mission to deliver practical information about organic agriculture at a reasonable price.


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Sierra Club ~ Western North Carolina Group

Part of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club

The Western North Carolina (WENOCA) Group is the part of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club. Its area of interest covers the counties of North Carolina west of Buncombe county except for Transylvania, Henderson and Polk counties. Those three counties are covered by our sister organization the Pisgah Group.

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Working for clean air, clean water and cleaner, safer energy technologies

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast.

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Southern Environmental Law Center

Using the power of the law to protect the environment

SELC HAS A UNIQUE MISSION: Use the power of the law to protect the environment and health of the Southeast. Working in all three branches of government, this non-profit organization shapes, implements, and enforces the laws and policies that determine the quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the landscapes and communities around us.

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Sustainable Asheville

We promote sustainability in our community through education and networking

Sustainable Asheville promotes sustainability in our community through education and networking.  We provide opportunities to share insights and creative solutions for living interdependently within our local and global ecosystems.


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Sustainable Table

Serving up healthy food choices

Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food.

Every day, more and more consumers are shopping smarter, eating healthier, and enjoying an abundance of fresh, locally-grown products. Sustainable Table was created to celebrate this fast-growing, dynamic movement, to educate consumers on food-related issues, and to help build community through food.

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The Nature Conservancy

Conservation by Design

The Mission of The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Our Approach
We have developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps us identify the highest-priority places-landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term.

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The Organic Center

Unearthing the science behind organic agriculture

Conversion of agriculture to organic methods, improved health for the earth and its inhabitants, and greater awareness of and demand for organic products.

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Western North Carolina Green Building Council

"Helping build a sustainable community"

WNCGBC is a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education.

Our main goal is to educate homeowners, builders and architects on the benefits of:

  • creating energy efficient buildings
  • increased use of alternative energy sources
  • sustainable development
  • using green building materials
  • decreasing use of natural resources
  • preserving topsoil and trees
  • reducing storm water runoff

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