Who we are:
This committee promotes energy conservation and renewable energy through public policy, planned events and organized actions.
What we do:
- Education – The need for renewables and conservation promoted through publications in local media, forums, alerts on local policy issues, and ECO’s web site and blog.
- Earth Day Energy Expo – On a Saturday, near the traditional Earth Day (April 22), ECO coordinates an Energy Expo at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock. The event is intended to educate the public on current energy issues, both globally and locally. The event includes commercial and organization exhibits, student projects and informative workshops related to energy and sustainability.
- Green Home Tour – The Green Home Tour is a self-guided tour of the finest green homes in the region, held annually in August. The tour features homes in Henderson and Buncombe counties that showcase the highest level of green technology working in concert with nature. Many of the homes feature solar installations, radiant heating, water conservation measures and native gardens.
- Project Green Light - ECO’s outreach to help homeowners achieve conservation. Project Green Light works with local churches so their members can become better stewards of creation. By participating in workshops and home energy inspections, congregations of faith can take substantial steps towards lowering their carbon footprint and demonstrating to other residents how to become better stewards of our natural heritage.
- Downtown Hendersonville Going Green – ECO’s in coordination with Downtown Hendersonville Inc. and Waste Reduction Partners (WRP) is working with downtown Hendersonville businesses to improve conservation and best environmental practices. Additionally, ECO’s Green Shopping program identifies these businesses and encourages residents to shop at stores displaying our Green Business sign.
You can make a difference!
The Energy & Sustainability Committee meets the second Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm at the ECO office.