Asheville Workplace Challenge Newsletter                                                             Volume 3 - Date 10/04/16

Simple Ways to Increase Sustainability at Work

This month's tip is: Eliminate Screen Savers and Power Down!
Screen savers can suck a surprising amount of energy. Solution? Create an office policy that does away with screen savers. For an even better solution, set your office monitors to shut off after a certain length of time.

Once you have your monitor policies in place, consider adopting a power down plan. Anything that can be set to automatically turned off at the end of the work day should be set accordingly. Also, you should encourage employees not to leave unnecessary electronics plugged in (e.g. phone chargers). Electronics, when plugged in, even if not in use,  pull what is called phantom energy from the grid. Phantom energy wastes energy and money. 

And the winner is...
Web Tech Czar is there to help you navigate the universe of web technology to become a small-business star. Thank you to all of our participants who completed their surveys to be entered into the first AWC raffle! If you did not win this time, stay tuned, because there are more raffles and prizes to come along the way.

Upcoming Events

There are some great events coming up that will not only provide your workplace with sustainability related education, but attending can also earn your organization AWC points for your Green Scorecard. 

Energy Innovation Task Force

Come out and accompany us to discuss the future of energy in Asheville.

Date: Second Friday of every month
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: City Hall (check website for changes)

Buncombe County, the City of Asheville and Duke Energy Progress have established this joint task force to research, recommend and implement energy efficiency and demand-side management programs and projects and distributed energy technology in Buncombe County. These are free meetings, open to the public, and they seek input and engagement with the public as an integral part of their work. 

For more information visit the Energy Innovation Task Force website or contact Melissa VanSickle at or call: (828) 232-4555.

Growing Green on Haywood

Join us for local food and enter to win awesome prizes!

Date: October 19, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:01am-2:35pm
Location: 862 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806

This is an appreciation lunch and fundraiser for the Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC). The WNCGBC has been advocating for and supporting green building in the Western North Carolina (WNC) area since 2001. They do a lot of great things for WNC. Come out and show your support!

For more information visit the Event Page or contact the WNCGBC at (828) 254-1995.
Asheville Green Drinks

A good way to network, socialize and discuss ecologically conscious topics.

Date: Third Wednesday of every month
Time: 5:30pm
Location: The Block Off Biltmore (39 S. Market St.)

For more information visit the Green Drinks Website or contact Joseph Malki at

Featured Participant:
Love the Green Team is Asheville's Green Realty Company. Who runs Love the Green Team, you ask? Well, it's Mary Love! Mary combines sustainability consultation skills with realty market knowledge to be your go-to real realtor for the Asheville market. In November, 2008, Mary became one of the first realtors to recieve the National Association of Realtors GREEN Designation. 

Mary and her Love the Green Team are this month's featured participant because they are unique in the sense that, so far, they are are only participating realty company. The AWC reached out to Mary to see how she feels about the Challenge. Here's what she had to say:

Mary is excited about where the program is heading, and feels like there is potential to influence many people and make a difference in how we all do business in this beautiful City that is Asheville. Mary is proud to live in Asheville and is delighted to see our local government and businesses step up to meet the challenges facing our world. Love the Green Team is tackling the AWC through setting goals to work on and review quarterly. Mary says she would recommend other workplaces join the AWC, because it is a good starting point for businesses who are not familiar with implementing sustainability goals into the daily workplace. She also likes that the AWC increases awareness and provides a new networking system and sustainability resources for various businesses. 

Thanks for joining the Challenge, Mary. We appreciate you!
***Recognition & Signage Reminder***
Show Asheville your workplace is a proud participant!

Here is an example of the window cling signage the AWC can provide your workplace with to highlight participation.

Contact to get participant window clings for your workplace.

Earn Green Scorecard points for your workplace and encourage sustainable behavior through signage!

The Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition has provided the City with "no-idling" signs (see image to the right) for AWC participants. If your workplace hangs one or more of these signs in their parking lot or out front of their building, then you can earn 4 points for your Green Scorecard. 

How is the Challenge going?

The Asheville Workplace Challenge (AWC) is going great! We really appreciate your workplace being part of this new adventure. Our goal is to reach at least 100 participating businesses and organizations by the end of the Challenge. So far, we are already up to 40 participating workplaces with over half having competed a Green Scorecard. 

We recently updated the Green Scorecard Survey to include more questions, which means more opportunities for participants to earn points. If you have not updated your Scorecards recently, you may want to check in to answer these new questions. 

Update Your Scorecard

Call for Outreach & Feedback

In order to make the AWC as successful as possible it is important that we have as many participants as possible. Did you know you get points on your Green Scorecard for referring other businesses to join?

The AWC would greatly appreciate your workplace's help spreading the AWC word and getting other organizations to join. Whether it's by word of mouth, hanging a sign, including us in a newsletter, or some other way of sharing the Challenge, every little bit of promotion helps. If you would like some signage for your workplace to show off their AWC efforts, please contact us at Also, do not forget to earn points by updating your Scorecard if you get another workplace to join.

On another note, if your workplace has any feedback on how we can improve and/promote the AWC, we want to hear it! Even if you do not have specific suggestions, please feel free to contact us and share your Challenge thoughts. 

Coming in the next AWC newsletter...
More news on upcoming events.
Land of Sky Regional Council as our Featured Participant.
Another workplace sustainability tip.
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