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in Asheville and Western North Carolina

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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


Energy Xchange

66 EnergyXchange Dr.
Burnsville, NC 28714
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.

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

1101 Gorman St
Raleigh, NC 27606
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

Alternative Energy News

Alternative Energy in the News

Atlas of Renewable Energy

Home Power Magazine Web Site

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

North Carolina Solar Center

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

Wikipedia (Energy Developement - Pros/cons)

The Alternative Energy Store

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

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

Solar Power

Wind Power

North Carolina Wind Energy at Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University
Technology Department
Kerr Scott Hall
Boone, NC 28608

American Wind Energy Association

Hydro Power

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources : Hydropower Relicensing


Blue Ridge Biofuels

109 Roberts Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Worker owned business that provides clean burning biofuels for vehicles and homes to the Asheville and Western NC area

Southern Grease

Green Building and Sustainable Living


Western North Carolina Green Building Council

PO Box 17026
Asheville, NC 28816

Earthaven Ecovillage

1025 Camp Elliott Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Deltec Homes

604 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Sustainable Asheville

47 Sams Rd.
Weaverville, NC 28787

North Carolina Green Building Database


Green Home Building

Green Building Supplies

EarthEasy - Ideas for Environmentally Sustainable Living

The Big Green Switch

U.S. Green Building Council

Smart Communities Network

Earthship Biotecture

The Green Building Institute

EcoSherpa - Sustainable Living Blog

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


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

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

Dogwood Alliance

Protecting our Forestest through activism and grassroots efforts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Mountains Conservation Project

North Carolina National Forests

National Organizations & Groups

Environmental Citizens Action Committee

Conservation International

Environmental Defense

The Environmental Literacy Council

Friends of the Earth


The National Environmental Trust

National Parks Conservation Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

National Wildlife Federation

Rainforest Action Network

World Wildlife Fund

Clean Air

The Canary Coalition

A Western North Carolina based grassroots clean air movement.
48 New Dawn Lane
Sylva, NC 28779

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

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

Clean Air Council

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

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


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

Land O' Sky Trout Unlimited

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

Waterkeeper Aliance

Clean Water Action

Government and Environmental Law

Government Sites

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

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

U.S. Department of the Interior

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

USDA Forest Service

Southern Research Station Headquarters

United States Geological Survey

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Environmental Law

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

The Center for International Environmental Law

Environmental Law section of The Cornell Legal Information Institute

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Environmental Law Library from "FindLaw"

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