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May 2016 Newsletter

Green Building Directory


Looking for a solar company to install panels on your home? Feeling inspired by a family of four living in a 500-square-foot home? 

Our annual Green Building Directory provides resources and articles on building and living a greener and healthier life. Our members are highlighted in a user-friendly directory that enables you to connect with industry professionals that can help improve your existing home or create a dream home that is not only healthy for your family, but also healthy for our environment. The guide takes a comprehensive look at things like air quality, materials, site, energy efficient and water use. 

Work on the 2016-2017 Directory is underway. The Directory will be released in August at our Annual Networking Celebration. As a benefit to all our Business and Non-profit members, you receive a basic listing at no cost.

In order to be listed in the Directory, please make sure your membership is current by July 1st. Contact Katie at or 828.254.1995 to renew. We partner with Smoky Mountain News to produce the Directory. Please contact Hylah at or 828.452.9283 
to update any information in your listing or to purchase a display ad.

We disperse 25,000 copies throughout Western North Carolina and feature a digital version on our website. We're excited to connect folks to industry professionals and grow the green building community in our neck of the woods!
Be part of the 2016-2017 Green Building Directory

Retrofit Program Improves Sustainability in Local Schools

Meeting the Paris Climate Goals


Climate change will force the world to recalibrate energy supply and demand.
Photo: Shutterstock/Pan JJ

Last December's climate talks in Paris set an unprecedented achievement: limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. As of April 26, 2016, 176 countries and the European Union have signed the Agreement. This commitment will require incredible progress in the transportation industry and the way we drive, how we construct residential and commercial buildings, and the way we produce energy. and the folks at RMI look at what needs to be done to achieve this (which means a 3% improvement in energy productivity per year and a 1% decarbonization rate per year).
Read the full story

Member Spotlight

Thanks to VandeMusser Design for their WNC Green Building Council Platinum Membership.

VandeMusser Design provides technical consulting and certification services for green residential construction to builders, architects, developers, and homeowners in Western North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Thank you for playing a key role in expanding the green building community!

Learn more about VandeMusser Design

Upcoming Events


Thursday, May 19th
5-6:30 p.m.

Green Edge

Location: Catawba Brewing Co. South Slope, 32 Banks Ave, Asheville
Cost: FREE (libations not included)

Sunday, June 5th
11 a.m.-5 p.m.

RiverFest on the French Broad
Sponsored by NC Building Performance Association

Location: Olivette - 31 White Rose Lane, Asheville
Cost: FREE
Learn More

Tuesday, June 28th
9-10:30 a.m.

Knowing and Using Your Green MLS Features
Location: LOTSAR Office - 37 Montford Ave, Asheville
Cost: FREE

Thursday, July 28th
5:30-9 p.m.

Clean Energy in the Mountains

Location: Highland Brewing Company - 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville 
Cost: $20 for NCSEA members, $30 for non-members
Share Your Story!
We want to hear about an exceptional experience you've had with us. Have you been touched by the impact of our work? Changed by one of our programs? We're looking for testimonials to use on our website, brochures and the Green Building Directory. Please contact Katie at and tell us how we've made a difference in your life.
Job Opportunity

Love The Green Team is looking for a full-time Realtor. Must be willing to make lead calls. Contact Mary Love at 828.279.6723 for more info.

Legislative News

Bill 843

It's hard to believe that just after being voted #3 for business, a bill adding 10 pages of new permitting regulations to a thriving North Carolina industry arises.

Senate Bill 843 seeks to bring renewable energy development in NC - and the $4.9 billion in investments - to a halt. The bill creates countless new requirements and regulations. Even if landowners and businesses jump through all of these hoops, the NC Department of Environmental Quality may still deny the project.

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