Strive Not To Drive 2015

Another Asheville on Bikes .. Bike Corral!

Another Asheville on Bikes .. Bike Corral!

Mike Sule, Director of Asheville on Bikes, and Don Kostelec, Transportation Planner with Kostelec Planning, provide a lively and informative conversation on the upcoming Strive Not to Drive  Friday, May 15 – Friday, May 22, 2015!

Challenge yourself to a day, three days or an entire week of not using a single-occupancy car.

What are your options? Take the bus, walk, carpool, car-share or bike instead! Details for Strive Not to Drive 2015 events are coming together.  Check out the Event pages for details. We will start with a bicycle parking corral at Downtown After Five. Also check out the Resources page for ideas and assistance to help you find transportation alternatives.

Take the Pledge to Strive Not to Drive!

Strive Not to Drive 2015!

Strive Not to Drive 2015!

Walking the Talk: The Strive Not to Drive community walking tour will be Tuesday May 19th, led by Don Kostelec and Michael Sule and will explore downtown Asheville’s pedestrian infrastructure.  Walking is a great way to experience what is working well and where we can improve our community to make our streets safer and better for all transportation users.  Anyone is welcome to join the walk and share your thoughts and ideas (“talk”) during the walk.

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Strive Not to Drive 1st Half

Strive Not to Drive 2nd half

Accelerating Appalachia with SaraDay Evans

SaraDay Evans, founder of Accelerating Appalachia, calls Our Southern Community from Kentucky for a discussion of the upcoming “Pitch Party” and the 2015 fresh crop of nature-based businesses! The keynote speaker is the fabulous Judy Wicks, thought leader in growing good economies, co-founder of Be A Localist Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)and reading from her book “Good Morning Beautiful Business”!! Meet the incredible group of graduates in food, farming, eco-services, seeds, botanical essences, natural building and games! Join us for a meaningful and fun-filled evening with yummy local appetizers and cash bar. Get your tickets now at

SaraDay Evans, founder of Accelerating Appalachia

SaraDay Evans, founder of Accelerating Appalachia

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Accelerating Appalachia 1st half

Accelerating Appalachia 2nd half

Mother Earth News Staff Reunion

MEN Reunion Line Up!

MEN Reunion Line Up!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mother’s Reunion!! 
What was it like in the beginning? Original staffers from the 70’s and 80’s at the Mother Earth News Magazine in Hendersonville, NC gathered at the WNC Ag Center in April. Greening the basement library, carbon paper, wood powered cars, alcohol fuel, cross country races, organic gardens, permaculture, massages and yoga, children born and more are recalled in this special program.

Franklin Sides Bob Kornegay Susan Sides

Franklin Sides Bob Kornegay Susan Sides

Hosted by the current Mother Earth News owner and publisher Brian Welch at the MEN Fair, Bob Kornegay, Kathleen Seebe, Beach Barrett, Jeanne Malmgren, Jade Kornegay Lanzetta, Franklin and Susan Sides, Richard Colgan and Richard Fruedenberger offer their recollections of the “olden days” as sustainable pioneers at the original Mother Earth News Magazine. Recorded on location live at the time, hear a personal recollection from the folks decades ago that made so much happen.

Bob Kornegay  Ned Doyle with Original MEN Permaculture Homestead Drawing

Bob Kornegay Ned Doyle with Original MEN Permaculture Homestead Drawing

Many more great people worked at Mother in those days, we were but a few of them. Three decades and short notice left many unable to attend, while some attending did not have time for an interview.. after all, they are former Mothers.. busy with something good! Please enjoy an extended ‘Our Southern Community’, nearly an hour, for insights and laughs. For more on our reunion, check out the Mountain Xpress.

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First Half with Franklin and Susan Sides, Jade Kornegay, Richard Colgan and Kathleen Seebe.

Second Half with Richard Fruedenberger, Jeanne Malmgren, Beach Barret and Bob Kornegay.

WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility

WNC PSR members Mary Olson,  D. Terry Clark and Steve Gilman

WNC PSR members Mary Olson, D. Terry Clark and Steve Gilman

Members of the WNC chapter of the Physicians for Social Responsibility – Mary Olson, Dr. Terry Clark and Steve Gilman – explain the ongoing efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. Nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons are inextricably linked. While much attention these days has focused on the dangers and unaffordable costs of nuclear power generation, there remains grave risk from the global nuclear weapons arsenal.

Health impacts from radiation exposures impact young girls and women more than men, the non-radiological fallout as dust from a limited regional nuclear war could disrupt the weather and growing seasons enough to cause starvation of nearly one third of the global population… even without a full scale nuclear war. Over 100 nations are calling on the 9 nuclear weapons nations to disarm. Preventing nuclear weapons from being used even accidentally is crucial, along with phasing them out. Find out how you can become more educated on these issues, take action with the WNC chapter of the Physicians for Social Responsibility.  Learn more about all the issues from the Nuclear Information and Resources Service .

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‘Beyond Coal’ at Lake Julian with Julie Mayfield and Joan Walker

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Joan Walker, campaign coodinator for Beyond Coal campaign with May Walker!

Joan Walker, campaign coodinator for WNC’s Beyond Coal campaign….. with May Walker!

Beyond Coal campaign coordinator Joan Walker and WNC’s MountainTrue co-director Julie Mayfield address the issue of increased pollution from the Duke / Progress Energy Lake Julian coal fired power plant. Why are emissions exceeding federal guidelines? Where are those areas most impacted by excessive sulfur dioxides, or SO2? How does the switch to using more higher sulfur coal contribute to this problem?

The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and efforts by MountainTrue and others are encouraging people to make their views heard at the upcoming public hearing and on line. Dial up the pollution scrubbers and cut out high sulfur coal, keep to the SO2 limits!

Julie Mayfield, co-director of MountainTrue

Julie Mayfield, co-director of MountainTrue

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Beyond Coal 1st half

Beyond Coal 2nd half




Dogwood Alliance “Our Forests Are Not Fuel”

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Did you know that millions of acres of Southern forests are being clear cut for so called “renewable” energy, while more acreage is threatened? Adam Macon, Campaign Director, and Emily Zucchino, Campaign Organizer, with Dogwood Alliance detail the many aspects of this ongoing crisis and, most importantly, how you can be involved to support the “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” effort!

Well intentioned, but poorly thought out, European energy policy, the environmental impacts that result from clear cutting on sensitive areas, the economic and cultural impacts on local communities, the negative consequences of cutting down our forest when they are a top carbon “sink” to address climate change and much more are discussed with host Ned Ryan Doyle during a visit to the offices of the Dogwood Alliance.

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Dogwood Alliance 1st half

Dogwood Alliance 2nd half

Brevard College : Professor Reynolds & Fossil Fuels Divestment

"JR" aka Professor Jim Reynolds

“JR” aka Professor Jim Reynolds

What do geology, the environment, investments, divestment, intelligent students, climate change and clean energy have in common?  Professor Jim Reynolds!!

One strategy in the effort to address climate change is to divest financially from fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, while investing instead in clean, renewable energy sources. Professor Reynolds, known to friends and students as “JR”, explains the growing divestment movement nationwide and the actions of his students and others to persuade Brevard College to divest from fossil fuels, making Brevard College the first institution of higher learning in the Southeast to do so.

Joining in for the program are four students offering their viewpoints on the issue, Emily Crowley, Ethan Woody, Christina Bailey and Lauren Fowler. With a variety of interests from environmental sciences to business development, these students, and others, were part of the awareness raising and education that led to the decision to divest at Brevard College.

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Brevard College 1st half

Brevard College 2nd half

Slow Money NC with Carol Peppe Hewitt Local Investing

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CAROL PEPPE HEWITT is an author, business owner, social entrepreneur, pioneer in the community finance movement, and a champion of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Since founding Slow Money NC in 2010, she has catalyzed over 125 peer-to-peer, low-interest loans to 63 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina.

Carol’s book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, (New Society Publishers, April 2013) tells the compelling, real life stories of twenty-two of those local food entrepreneurs – folks who grow, process, distribute, and sell local food – and the motivations behind the ordinary people in their communities who become their lenders. It is a blueprint for any community that wants to get moving from Wall Street to Main Street.

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Slow Money NC Part One

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Wild South with Ben Prater

Ben Praytor, WildSouth Conservation Director

Ben Prater, WildSouth Conservation Director

Our Southern Community visits the Wild South office in Asheville, NC, for a conversation with Conservation Director Ben Prater discussing red wolf recovery challenges, forest service planning for the next decade, preserving cultural ties with peoples and the land, ancient Cherokee trails that are still used today, invasive species eradication, the upcoming Roosevelt-Ashe awards event and a special Keller Williams tour to benefit Wild South!

WildSouth focuses it’s efforts on public lands and forests across the South East, connecting a wide range of volunteers with programs that benefit not only the wild areas we have today, but protections for future generations. Addressing the environmental challenges and economic pressures, Wild South draws from 20 years of advocacy and action.

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WildSouth 1st Half

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Blue Ridge Biofuels Sustainable Fuel

Woody Eaton, CEO at Blue Ridge Biofuels, and Melita Kyriakou, Business Administrator, join host Ned Ryan Doyle for a wide ranging discussion of the current national issues with biofuels, the regional success story of biodiesel from waste oil, the big expansion of the BRB facilities and new jobs, the “Field to Fryer to Fuel” program and more!

Now in their tenth year, Blue Ridge Biofuels demonstrates a sustainable model for renewable liquid fuel for diesel engines and home heating, community residential programs for cooking oil, how it’s possible to incorporate the agricultural community in growing feedstocks that help “close the loop” in the fuel versus food debate, create Living Wage jobs and a dedicated team of employees while supporting a sound regional economy keeping money in local economies.
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Blue Ridge Biofuels 1st Half

Blue Ridge Biofuels 2nd Half