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Alternative and Renewable Energies

Asheville NC - Alternative Energies

Come and learn about renewable energy sources, such as wind, flowing water, solar energy and biomass, which create less environmental damage and pollution than fossil fuels, and offer an alternative to nonrenewable resources. Learn More...

Green Building, Green Living

Asheville NC - Green Building, Green Living

Expand your knowledge of green building, the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use and harvest energy, water, and materials, therefore reducing building and living impacts on human health and the environment. This is a step to living more green. Learn More...

Conservation in Western North Carolina

Asheville NC - Conservation

See how this area is working to preserve and renew natural resources to assure their highest economic or social benefit over the longest period of time. Clean rivers and lakes, wilderness areas, a diverse wildlife population, healthy soil, and clean air are just some of the invaluable WNC resources worth conserving for future generations. Learn More...


Alternative and Renewable Energy

General


Energy Xchange

66 EnergyXchange Dr.
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-675-5541
A renewable energy center that demonstrates the responsible use of landfill gas as an energy source for small enterprise in craft and horticulture, as well as meeting local energy needs of Western NC.
www.energyxchange.org

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

1101 Gorman St
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-832-7601
Non-profit association creating a sustainable energy future in North Carolina through the promotion of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, micro-hydro, geothermal, biofuels, and energy efficiency
www.ncsustainableenergy.org

Alternative Energy News

www.alternative-energy-news.info

Alternative Energy in the News

www.alternativeenergyinthenews.com

Atlas of Renewable Energy

www.energie-atlas.net

Home Power Magazine Web Site

www.homepower.com

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

www.nrel.gov

North Carolina Solar Center

www.ncsc.ncsu.edu

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

www.dsireusa.org

Wikipedia (Energy Developement - Pros/cons)

www.wikipedia.com

The Alternative Energy Store

home.altenergystore.com

Time Magazine's 51 Things We Can Do to Save the Environment

www.time.com

Alternative Energy ~ Renewable Energy (Blog with Excellent Resources and Articles)

curtrosengren.typepad.com


Solar Power



Wind Power


North Carolina Wind Energy at Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University
Technology Department
Kerr Scott Hall
Boone, NC 28608
828-262-7333
www.wind.appstate.edu

American Wind Energy Association

www.awea.org


Hydro Power


North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources : Hydropower Relicensing

www.ncwater.org


Biofuel


Blue Ridge Biofuels

109 Roberts Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-1034
Worker owned business that provides clean burning biofuels for vehicles and homes to the Asheville and Western NC area
www.blueridgebiofuels.com

Southern Grease

www.southerngrease.com


 
Green Building and Sustainable Living

Local


Western North Carolina Green Building Council

PO Box 17026
Asheville, NC 28816
828-254-1995
www.wncgbc.org

Earthaven Ecovillage

1025 Camp Elliott Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-669-3937
www.earthaven.org

Deltec Homes

604 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
800-642-2508
www.deltechomes.com

Sustainable Asheville

47 Sams Rd.
Weaverville, NC 28787
www.sustainableasheville.org

North Carolina Green Building Database

www.ncgreenbuilding.org


National


BuildingGreen.com

www.buildinggreen.com

Green Home Building

www.greenhomebuilding.com

Green Building Supplies

www.greenbuildingsupply.com

EarthEasy - Ideas for Environmentally Sustainable Living

www.eartheasy.com

The Big Green Switch

www.biggreenswitch.co.uk

U.S. Green Building Council

www.usgbc.org

Smart Communities Network

www.smartcommunities.ncat.org

Earthship Biotecture

www.earthship.net

The Green Building Institute

www.greenbuildinginstitute.org

EcoSherpa - Sustainable Living Blog

www.ecosherpa.com


Some Good Books


Building Green

Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan
ISBN-13: 978-1579905323

Your Green Home

Alex Wilson
ISBN-13: 978-0865715554

Green Remodeling

David Johnston, Kim Master
ISBN-13: 978-0865714984

Green Building Products

Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn
ISBN-13: 978-0-86571-570-7

Building with Earth

Gernot Minke
ISBN-13: 978-3764374778

Sustainable Construction

Charles J. Kibert
ISBN-13: 978-0471661139

Earthship

Michael Reynolds
ISBN-13: 978-0962676703

New Sustainable Homes

James Grayson Trulove
ISBN-13: 978-0061138911

Green Living

Carlton Books
ISBN-13: 978-1842222928


 
Conservation and Environmental Organizations

Local Organizations & Groups


Quality Forward

Dedicated to creating a clean and green Buncombe County since 1976.
29 Page Avenue
Asheville, NC 28802
828-254-1776
www.qualityforward.org

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)

A nonprofit organization that supports farmers and rural communities in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians.
729 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
828-236-1282
www.asapconnections.org

Dogwood Alliance

Protecting our Forestest through activism and grassroots efforts.
www.dogwoodalliance.org

Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project

Dedicated to empowering citizens to appreciate, defend, and restore native biodiversity of the Southeast!
16 Eagle Street Suite 200
Asheville, NC 28801
828-258-2667 www.sabp.net

WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center has served for decades to protect & educate the people of Western North Carolina.
75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-5600
www.wildwnc.org

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

Promoting an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.
PO Box 18711
Asheville, NC 28814
www.main.nc.us/emas

Environmental & Conservation Organization WNC

ECO is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region.
121 Third Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692-0385
www.eco-wnc.org

Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition

The Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition protects and restores the wildlands, waters, native forests, and ecosystems of the Southern Appalachian landscape.
46 Haywood Street, Suite 323
Asheville, NC 28801
828-252-9223
www.safc.org

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Protecting the world's oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations.
34 Wall Street, Suite 502
Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-0095
www.appalachian.org

Mountain Voices Alliance

Preserve and protect the environment, including the natural beauty, abundant resources, quality of life and cultural heritage of our communities.
PO Box 4093
Asheville, NC 28805
828-255-8537
www.mvalliance.net

Western North Carolina Alliance

A grassroots organization promoting a sense of stewardship and caring for the natural environment.
29 North Market St., Suite 610
Asheville, NC 28801
828-258-8737
www.wnca.org

People Advocating Real Conservancy (PARC) - Save Our Slopes

A citizen group dedicated to keeping watch on government action related to land use in Western North Carolina.
PO Box 53
Asheville, NC 28802
www.ashevilleparc.org

Black Mountains Conservation Project

www.main.nc.us/BMCP

North Carolina National Forests

www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc


National Organizations & Groups


Environmental Citizens Action Committee

www.envirocitizen.org

Conservation International

www.conservation.org

Environmental Defense

www.environmentaldefense.org

The Environmental Literacy Council

www.enviroliteracy.org

Friends of the Earth

www.foe.org

Greenpeace

www.greenpeace.org

The National Environmental Trust

www.net.org

National Parks Conservation Association

www.npca.org

Natural Resources Defense Council

www.nrdc.org

National Wildlife Federation

www.nwf.org

Rainforest Action Network

www.ran.org

World Wildlife Fund

www.worldwildlife.org


Clean Air


The Canary Coalition

A Western North Carolina based grassroots clean air movement.
48 New Dawn Lane
Sylva, NC 28779
828-631-3447
www.canarycoalition.com

Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency

Monitors and regulates Buncombe County's air quality to safeguard public health and the environment.
49 Mount Carmel Road
Asheville, NC 28806
828-250-6777
www.wncairquality.org

Clean Air Community Trust

Striving to improve air quality through innovative programs that educate, energize, and empower the communities of western North Carolina.
PO Box 2824
Asheville NC 28802
828-258-1856
www.airtrust.org

Clean Air Council

www.cleanair.org


Clean Water


Clean Water for North Carolina

Working for clean, safe communities and workplaces with hundreds of communities and thousands of North Carolinians.
29 1/2 Page Ave
Asheville NC 28801
828-251-1291
www.cwfnc.org

Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) at UNC-Asheville

The EQI serves citizen groups, governmental agencies, and the private sector by providing information on water quality and other environmental concerns.
One University Heights, CPO 2350
Asheville, NC 28804
828-251-6895
orgs.unca.edu/eqi

RiverLink

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River.
170 Lyman Street
PO Box 15488
Asheville, NC 28813
828-252-8474
www.riverlink.org

Land O' Sky Trout Unlimited

Organization of anglers and conservationists dedicated to the protection of trout and their habitat.
www.landoskytu.com

Waterkeeper Aliance

www.waterkeeper.org

Clean Water Action

www.cleanwateraction.org


 
Government and Environmental Law

Government Sites


Energy Information Administration (Official Energy Statistics for the U.S. Government)

www.eia.doe.gov

U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

www.eere.energy.gov

U.S. Department of the Interior

www.doi.gov

Environmental & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

www.usdoj.gov/enrd

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov

USDA Forest Service

www.fs.fed.us

Southern Research Station Headquarters

www.srs.fs.fed.us

United States Geological Survey

www.usgs.gov

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources

www.enr.state.nc.us

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

www.ncwildlife.org


Environmental Law


Environmental, Energy, and Resources Division of the American Bar Association

www.abanet.org/environ

The Center for International Environmental Law

www.ciel.org

Environmental Law section of The Cornell Legal Information Institute

www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Environmental_law

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

www.elaw.org

Environmental Law Library from "FindLaw"

library.findlaw.com/environmental-law/index.html

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Local Biodiesel, Local Resources
Fuels for Homes and Automobiles
Helping to Keep Asheville Clean
www.blueridgebiofuels.com