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Green Built Guide | September 2017

Thanks for Helping Us Celebrate Our New Chapter

Thanks to all of you who came to our annual party last Thursday to help us celebrate the start of our nonprofit's new chapter as Green Built Alliance. We were overwhelmed by the turnout and enthusiasm, and can't imagine a better gathering of new and old friends to help us mark this momentous occasion.

Special thanks are due to our amazing members, new and old, who sustain our organization all year long and represented what they offer the community with information and displays at the event.

Gratitude also goes to Highland Brewing for hosting, The Wood Fired Oven for serving delicious food, Franklin's Kite for bringing the jams, Asheville Screen Printing for live-printing shirts with our new brand, and the dozens of local businesses (too many to name!) who donated items to our silent auction.

To learn more about this next step in our nonprofit's evolution and how we got here, please visit our latest blog on our new website:
New Name, Website and Look;
Same Commitment to Community
What's Next? Get Involved by
Becoming a Member of 
Green Built Alliance

It's never been easier to become a member or stay involved in our organization thanks to our user-friendly new website. Here's what you need to know about your Green Built Alliance membership.
Your existing membership rolled over and there is no action required of you in the system now. About a month before your expiration date, you'll receive a notification from our system with instructions on how to renew or upgrade your membership. In the meantime, feel free to visit this page to access your existing account; you can click "forgot password" and use your email address to access your account for the first time and set up your new password.

You can also download our new logo to use on your website, social media or other marketing materials. Email Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas if you need a different file format or would like "Proud Member" bumper stickers mailed to you.

Even if your membership has expired, you already have an account in our system and can renew within minutes. Simply visit this page to access your existing account; click "forgot password" and use your email address to access your account for the first time and set up a new password. Email Cari or call us at 828-254-1995 if you're unsure what email address we have on file, and we're happy to help!

Visit this page to explore our membership benefits and join.

Buy Your Tickets Today or Sign Up As Sponsor for
Fifth Annual CiderFest NC

With our annual party in the rearview, we now look forward to our largest annual fundraiser just two weeks from Saturday: the fifth annual CiderFest on Saturday, Oct. 7.

You can be a part of our nonprofit's event by buying tickets to attend CiderFest as a guest or signing your company up to support as an event sponsor.

The fourth annual CiderFest in 2016 connected a record-setting 1,200 people with 15 cider, mead and apple wine makers offering nearly 50 different varieties of cider and mead. The 2017 event is expected to draw another sell-out crowd to sample sips from an even larger mix of local and national, small and large pourers. While sipping cider and mead, guests can enjoy samples of artisanal food, live music and performances, local arts and crafts, a kids zone, and more, all amid a breathtaking backdrop of fall colors beside the scenic French Broad River.


Click here for more info and tickets
Email event coordinator Cari Barcas for details on how to sign on as a sponsor

APPALACHIAN OFFSETS: Visit Chiesa Restaurant This Month To Donate Toward
Isaac Dickson Solar Project

Appalachian Offsets' Isaac Dickson Elementary School solar project is the featured charity for this month's Poor Box fundraiser at Chiesa restaurant in Montford. Housed in an old church and named for the Italian word for church, Chiesa supports a new charitable project each month by matching any donations made in the "poor box" near their front door to support the chosen recipient.

Visit Chiesa now through the end of September, donate toward Isaac Dickson's solar system in the poor box and your donation will be doubled by the restaurant's generous owners, Robert and Melissa Willingham. 

Thanks to Chiesa for its generous support!

You can also contribute directly on our website by offsetting your footprint and donating today.

GO LOW CARB! Speakers Panel Tonight Offers Energy-Efficiency Expertise and Opportunities to Join Upcoming
Low-Carbon Diet Cool Community Groups

Don't miss this phenomenal lineup of our friends and affiliates speaking at tonight's event, and learn how you can get involved in the solution through one of the local Cool Community groups exploring the Low-Carbon Diet.

To learn more about these groups and their intent,
check out the blog on our website 
by one of the founders of the Cool Community initiative here in Asheville,
Amy Musser of VandeMusser Design.

For information about tonight's event or to get involved in one of the Cool Community Groups, email the organizers.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct. 3
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Annual Fall Speaker Series Featuring Author Katharine Wilkinson
and CNN Columnist John Sutter
Location: The Collider,
1 Haywood St.,
Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: Free

Learn More

Saturday, Oct. 7
1 to 5 p.m.
Fifth Annual CiderFest (Nonprofit Fundraiser)
Location: Salvage Station,
466 Riverside Drive,
Asheville, NC 28804
Cost: $15-50

Tuesday, Oct. 24
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative Meeting
Location: TBD
Cost: Free


Friday, Oct. 27
Noon to 6 p.m.

Sustainable Hospitality Summit
Location: Hilton Biltmore Park, 
43 Town Square Boulevard,
Asheville, NC 28803
Cost: $45-60


Thursday, Nov. 2
5 to 7:30 p.m.

Climate Adaptive Design Pre-Conference Lecture and Reception
Location: The Collider,
1 Haywood St.,
Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: Free

Learn More

Friday, Nov. 3
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Climate Adaptive Design Symposium
Location: The Collider,
1 Haywood St.,
Asheville, NC 28801
Cost: $115-225


2017-18 Green Built Directory
On Newsstands Across WNC

Over the next year, we'll distribute 25,000 copies of our annual directory at 100 locations across WNC. Keep your eyes peeled at newsstands around downtown and beyond, or swing by our office to get your copy.

Can't wait? Click to read a digital version.

Congrats: USGBC Honors Local LEED Builder

Earlier this month, it was announced that Green Built Alliance LEED-Homes Client and NC Home Builder John Marshall Custom Homes won the USGBC's “2017 LEED for Homes Outstanding Single Family Developer of the Year” award. 

The firm developed a “pocket neighborhood” of 15 homes last year in Davidson, NC. C
urrently 12 of these homes have achieved LEED Silver certification while the remaining are waiting for certification and construction completion. The walkability of this community is one of its biggest attractions as it sits within a five-minute walk of the elementary school, park, shops and public library. Read more about the awards here.

an honor to share with fellow members? Email accolades to

Member Spotlight: 

Many thanks to one of our new platinum members, Integritive, for supporting us at Green Built Alliance.

In addition to being a member, 
Integritive also designed our new website at

Integritive combines the proven results of a large firm with the flexibility of a small creative enterprise, and the professionalism of seasoned experts with the fresh ideas of an avid entrepreneur to bring your web presence to life.

Click here to connect.

Local Industry News: Green Built Alliance Members Collaborate on Solar Services

Two of our members, Sundance Power Systems and Thermacraft Solar Solutions, have teamed up on a new collaborative relationship to expand their energy services in North and South Carolina.
Click here to read more on the new partnership.

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