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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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Asheville Company is First Carbon Neutral Real Estate Firm in NC

Mosaic Realty Partners with WNCGBC in a Local Solution to Global Pollution

Mosaic Realty AshevilleAsheville, NC: Local Real Estate firm Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is now officially the first real estate agency in North Carolina to obtain the status of carbon neutral. Longtime supporters of Western North Carolina Building Council (WNCGBC), Mosaic Realty has recently strengthened their partnership by participating in Appalachian Offsets, a program of WNCGBC. By calculating the company’s net carbon output and offsetting it by paying into local green energy projects, they ensure that they are proactively taking steps to address climate change.

According to Dictionary.com, carbon neutrality is having achieved a state in which the net amount of carbon dioxide is reduced to zero because it is balanced by action to reduce or offset these emissions.  In order to participate in Appalachian Offsets, all 21 Mosaic agents have committed to paying a yearly sum reflective of their part of carbon emissions for the company. The funds collected benefit a local nonprofit, school or affordable-housing provider needing an energy-efficiency upgrade.

Appalachian Offsets AshevilleSam Ruark-Eastes, Executive Director of the WNCGBC, explains, “Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy cost and upgrading their facilities.” Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty, sees the value of this service to his business. “Mosaic Realty operates on a triple bottom line principle of People, Planet and Profit. We measure our success based on those three categories. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our environment and species, and Appalachian Offsets offers us a way to take action on a local level to help make a positive impact”, states Figura.

Asheville Appalachian OffsetsBut the partnership between Mosaic and WNCGBC does not stop here. In order to help Asheville  become a carbon neutral community, Mosaic realtors working with buyers connect their clients to WNCGBC’s Green Gauge program. Green Gauge is an innovative home assessment tool that helps residents save money, reduce energy usage and live in homes that are healthier for themselves and the environment. Connecting new residents to some of Asheville’s invaluable resources and programs is a great entrance into this environmentally aware community.

About Mosaic Realty: Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a boutique real estate firm made up of 21 professional, full-time brokers who live in Asheville. We specialize in green, historic and in-town properties. Commitment to supporting our local and global community has been at the heart of this downtown Asheville real estate firm since its formation in 2010. In 2016, Mosaic donated over $77,000 to 48 non-profits, including the WNCGBC.

For more information about living in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Get a Taste of Fall Fun at Asheville's Fifth Annual CiderFest NC

Local Apples in Asheville for Cider Fest

It’s time once again for the country’s best ciders and meads to make their way to Western North Carolina for the fifth annual CiderFest NC. The popular event takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive in Asheville.

CiderFest, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council, has something for everyone: Sample sips from the nation's best craft cider and mead makers, enjoy small bites from popular local food producers, and enjoy kid-friendly fall activities along the French Broad River.

Tastings and Tunes

CiderFest will feature local bands and buskers throughout the riverside venue as well as an eclectic mix of local arts-and-crafts vendors. There will be an interactive kids zone with hands-on educational activities and eco-friendly crafts. The festival will also offer the opportunity to learn all about hard ciders: Tasting and Festival Guides will be available to highlight differences in cider, ingredients and origins.

New to CiderFest this year will be a limited number of VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets, which offer early entry to the event beginning at noon to enjoy exclusive access to cider, mead and artisanal food tastings before the crowds arrive. VITs will also receive free parking on-site at the Salvage Station, as well as a complimentary commemorative CiderFest NC snifter.

Growing Over the Years

Cider Fest NC AshevilleCiderFest NC, which has more than tripled in size since it began four years ago, is a carbon-neutral event and will be offsetting the event's footprint for each ticket holder through contributions to the Appalachian Offsets program, which is currently fundraising to install a solar system on the roof of Isaac Dickson Elementary School.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, a sponsor of CiderFest, has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council and an ardent advocate for green building in Asheville. Started in 2013 as a fall fundraiser for the WNC Green Building Council, CiderFest expected to serve about 60 people locally produced apples, cheeses and hard cider. Instead, the festival sold out with 400 attendees and has since come to be regarded as the premier cider festival in the state.

For attendees 21 and older, admission is $33 in advance and $45 the day of (space permitting), and includes a CiderFest NC tasting glass. Designated driver tickets are $15, and guests 20 and younger are free. Limited-quantity VIT tickets are available for $50. On-site parking fees are based on the number of people in the car: $10 for one, $5 for two, and free for three or more. Salvage Station is located at 466 Riverside Dr. in Asheville, N.C., next to the French Broad River just off I-26.

For more information about the Asheville area or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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