Contact ECO

Phone (828) 692-0385 . 611 N. Church Street, Suite 101 . Hendersonville, NC 28792

Volunteer with ECO!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Join us to help protect water quality, promote better environmental public policies, educate on green energy and sustainability and advocate recycling. Read about ALL volunteer opportunities here. Contact ECO NOW to volunteer! LEARN MORE ABOUT our four mission-area committees: Energy, Green Infrastructure, Recycling, Water Quality.

ECO Voice

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Membership & Supporting ECO

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ECO Calendar

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Making An Environmental Difference!

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ECO’s Water Quality Programs in the News!

In a recent edition of Mountain Xpress, an article by Jacob Flannik discusses various groups in WNC working to protect and monitor streams. He refers to ECO's long-standing programs in "Safeguarding water quality: Amid drastic state budget cuts, volunteers pick up slack." Click Here for more!

Our Mission

ECO’s mission is to preserve the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice for the environment. We fulfill this mission through focusing on four key areas: green infrastructure, water quality, energy conservation/renewable energy and recycling. Founded in 1987, we became increasingly alarmed by the degradation of the environment. Since then, ECO has risen to become a preeminent and influential leader in promoting environmental issues affecting our region. We work with citizens, business leaders, like-minded environmental groups and government officials to create a balance between growth and environmental preservation. We undertake water quality monitoring of six watersheds, adopt-a-stream cleanup of dozens of waterways, public policy development towards natural heritage protections, energy expos, workshops and forums to encourage greater stewardship of our environment and recycling programs and activities that encourage sustainable practices.

ECO’s Focus Areas

Protecting Water Quality

WNC is blessed with many watersheds that give life to the most biologically diverse region in any temperate zone in the world. However our streams are threatened by increasing degradation as a result of erosion, sedimentation and stormwater runoff caused by increased development. ECO’s Water Quality Committee works to protect water quality by testing and monitoring over thirty in six watersheds through chemical testing (VWIN), biomonitoring, bacterial testing, Adopt-A-Stream watershed stewardship, annual Big Sweep stream cleanup and Stream Watch Action Teams (SWAT).

Promoting Recycling

The ECO Recycling Committee promotes city, county and regional recycling including curb-side pick-up, and advocacy towards improved recycling programs. The committee educates the public and policymakers about best practices by speaking at Commission meetings, publicly advocating for more proactive recycling, holding public forums, and organizing eco-tours to locations that better inform citizens and policymakers on steps that can be taken to become better stewards.

Advancing Green Infrastructure/Environmental Public Policy

The Green Infrastructure Committee advocates forward-thinking public policies that protect open space, watersheds, sensitive habitats and balance growth with protection of our natural heritage. The committee researches positive examples from the region, engages with scientists and experts, organizes and educates the public and holds forums to discuss important natural heritage protection issues.

Promoting Energy Conservation and Green Energy Alternatives

The Southeast relies on coal for the majority of its energy needs; however, its extraction requires removal of mountains and destruction of streams and its use damages air quality and public health. The Energy Committee holds educational forums, hands-on workshops, expos and active energy conservation programs in conjunction with area schools, organizations, churches, citizens’ groups and businesses to promote a greener, more sustainable energy future.

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