Dear Fellow Ashevillians,
Every day, more than 77,000 of us go to a place of work in Asheville. Many spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. As a result, our workplaces are more than just economic drivers – they are critical in shaping how we live and the impact we have on our community.
Since 2007, the City of Asheville has been doing its part to cut carbon emissions and improve the environmental performance of its municipal operations. From alternative fuel vehicles to LED street lights, from single stream recycling to multimodal transportation improvements, the City has modeled the way toward a clean energy future.
Through the Asheville Workplace Challenge, I am asking businesses and organizations throughout Asheville and Buncombe County to step up and show just how big an impact they can make on the livability of our community. This year we begin with the Green component of the challenge, where we can show what we are doing to conserve energy, water and resources in the workplace. In subsequent years we will expand the challenge to include Health and Community Involvement scorecards.
I want us all to set the bar high, and I am looking forward to recognizing the organizations that take this challenge to show that they can move Asheville toward a greener and brighter future.