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Appalachian Offsets: A Local Solution to Global Pollution

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A Program of Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Appalachian OffsetsWestern North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) is bringing back it’s locally focused carbon-offsetting program due to community demand!  This innovative local program allows area residents to calculate their carbon footprint and then offset it by paying into a community fund.  The community fund then supports energy-efficient upgrades at local nonprofits, low-income housing and schools.

Executive director of the WNCGBC, Sam Ruark Eastes, states, “the scientific consensus is in.  Climate change is happening and is greatly influenced by the burning of fossil fuels.” The average United States resident was responsible for 18 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.  This number is almost 4 times greater than the global average of 4.6 tons, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report in 2011 (the last year of the data).

Two grants have helped to bring the Appalachian Offsets program back into action.  It encourages individuals to first offset their own carbon footprint.  Then, they can pay into a fund that helps the community as a whole.  

Making a Difference in Asheville

UNCA AHAAn example of a project that is funded would be upgrading inefficient lighting and supporting clean energy within area organizations.  In 2007, UNCA students volunteered with the Asheville Housing Authority to replace 13,000 inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.  This initiative helped reduce carbon emissions by 3, 790 tons annually and saved the Housing Authority and its residents about $250,000 annually!

“Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy costs and upgrading their facilities,” Ruark Eastes said.

You can get involved by going to the program’s website: www.cutmycarbon.org!  Here, you can use the carbon calculator to see your own or your business’ carbon footprint.  Additionally,you can also learn more about the projects that will be supported by offsets you may choose to purchase.

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a supporter of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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You Can be a Part of this Unique Asheville Re-Pollination Project!

 

4 x 4 Wild Patch Asheville non-profits

 

Asheville has a long history of attracting passionate, innovative individuals who seek to change the world for the better.  It is one of the myriad reasons that we, at Mosaic Realty, love Asheville.

 

4 x 4 for Wild!

 

One of Asheville's newest non-profits, 4 x 4 for Wild, embraces the concepts of community and connectivity with nature that so many Ashevillians share.  Concerned about the rapid loss of habitat and decline of monarch butterflies and other pollinators, founders Mike and Moni Hill are working to combat the problem on a local level, with plans to expand their reach.  4X4 for Wild is an Asheville-based non-profit with a goal of creating pollinator habitat in lawns across the region.

 

The Mission:

 

  • To create habitat for native pollinators by providing affordable and accessible "wild patch" solutions

 

  • To raise ecological awareness through education and public outreach

 

  • To change the preferred aesthetic from lawn to wildness

4 x 4 wild patch Asheville real estate

 

The Process:

 

The 4x 4 for Wild team is happy to loop you into this project. It takes them 10 minutes to install, and they request only a $10 donation to cover expenses.

 

The product is a complete wild patch kit, consisting of a biodegradable paper bag (for weed and grass barrier), wood chips/mulch, planting mix, wildflower seeds (including common milkweed for monarch butterflies), stakes and string, and an attractive sign.

 

The Result:

 

Your 4x4 wild patch will give pollinators a point of connectivity in their migration path.  It will give your neighborhood a sense of community empowerment as more and more people pull together in this effort. Finally, it will give you 16 square feet of beautiful, wild habitat to enjoy throughout the growing season. Projects like this that make living in Asheville so amazing!

 

For more information on this grass-roots movement, get in touch wtih Mike and Moni at www.4X4forwild.org or www.facebook.com/4X4forwild

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  mike@mymosaicrealty.com   or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Dining Out for Life: An Asheville Event to Love

 

 

Dining Out for Life Asheville

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Sunny Point Cafe (or Other Favorite Restaurant) + Your Favorite People + Raising Money for a Charity in Your Community = Winning Situation

It is never easier to support a great cause than by going out to eat with friends, family or colleagues at one of Asheville's amazing culinary destinations.  You can do just that in a few weeks. Mark your calendars and call your friends!

Western North Carolina Aids Project (WNCAP) will be hosting the 14th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit  on Thursday, April 28th.  Over 115 of the finest restaurants in WNC have generously agreed to donate 20% of their gross sales on this day to help meet their expanding needs.  

Last year, Asheville supporters helped to raise over $176,000 to support the mission of WNCAP with less than 7% of that money going toward covering expenses.  This fundraiser allows them to add additional caseworkers and services in rural communities.You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Check out participating restaurants or sign up to come volunteer!

Mosaic Realty and WNCAP

Mosaic Realty is committed to supporting organizations that enhance the quality of life for all citizens in the Asheville/Buncombe area.  One organization that we both donate to and volunteer with is Western North Carolina Aids Project (WNCAP).  For 3 years, we have been ambassadors at their annual Dining Out For Life benefit.  Chad Parker, one of our fantastic agents, has connected us to this dedicated organization.

Stop by Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville on April 28th to see Mosaic Realty agents in action.  We will be there for 3 meals, collaborating with WNCAP on this project to support the Asheville community that we all love.

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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