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Asheville Workplace Challenge Newsletter                                                          Volume 2 - Date 08/31/16
***Exciting Announcement***
The AWC is happy to announce our first prize giveaway! At the end of Septmeber, the AWC is going to conduct our first prize raffle for a $100 Visa Gift Card. In order to be eligible for the drawing, please finish completing the survey for your Green Scorecard. 
Update Your Green Scorecard
Simple Ways to Increase Sustainability at Work
When embarking on a new adventure, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. Below you will find a couple ideas for how to get your workplace started in the right direction toward a greener workplace.
  1. Stock Reusable. Millions of office supplies are discarded daily that have reusable alternatives.Instead of buying disposable supplies, instead consider reusable options such as: refillable pens, pencils and markers, reusable coffee filters, refillable toner, etc. Stocking reusable keeps unnecessary waste out of landfills and saves a company money!
  2. Purchase Friendly. There are many products used in an office setting that have greener alternatives. Consider these alternatives when purchasing for your office. Cleaning supplies, break room supplies, general office supplies, all have greener options to choose from these days. Do your research and figure out what products suit your needs best and find the option that is best for people and the environment. With this knowledge create a purchasing policy that reflects choosing more sustainable options. Also, when buying office supplies, consider the initial purchase. Purchasing your supplies through a local office supplier versus a big box retailer keeps money in the community. Lastly, consider buying in bulk. For example, instead of purchasing single serve items for the break room, instead buy in bulk and store extra in containers.
  3. Print Smart and/or Go Digital. There are several ways to decrease wasteful printing. The best way is to eliminate printing altogether by going digital. Anything that is not necessary to print should be distributed digitally to employees. This increases employees' access to documents while saving money and trees. When going digital is not an option, workplaces should consider printing smarter. Set printers to automatically duplex items. If there is "scrap" paper that only has print on one side, use the bypass tray to print one-sided on these leftovers. 
There are many ways to further sustainability in your workplace. The above suggestions are just a couple of the potentially endless options. Stay tuned to the AWC Newsletter for more ideas in the future.

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. 


AWC Lunch-N-Learn: "Guide to Taking Your Green Survey"

Join us for lunch! Meet other AWC Participants and learn about the how-tos of the Green Scorecard.

Date: September 21, 2016
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: City Hall (TBD based by number of RSVPs)


This will be the AWC's first official Lunch-N-Learn (LNL). Come meet other Challenge members and learn about the Green Scorecard. If you bring your laptop, the AWC will be here to provide you with assistance in filling out your Green Scorecard. If you do not have a laptop to bring, we will still be available for any questions you may have regarding the survey. A printable version of the Green Survey is available here. Lite snacks, coffee, and water will be provided. Bring a bag lunch if you would like. 

PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT BY EMAILING HMahoney@ashevillenc.gov. For more information contact Haley Mahoney at HMahoney@ashevillenc.gov or call: (828) 259-5721.
National Drive Electric Week Event - Asheville

If you are interested in Electric Vehicles (EVs), this is the event for you!

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Asheville Outlets Mall (800 Brevard Road)

Asheville's 3rd Annual Drive Electric Week is being celebrated with this FREE show hosted by Asheville Outlets Mall, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Blue Ridge EV Club. Have a fun filled electrifying afternoon filled with opportunities to talk with EV owners and dealers, ride in zero-emission vehicles, get answers to all your EV questions, charge your EV vehicle, and network with people having similar interests. 


For more information visit the Drive Electric website.
Energy Innovation Task Force

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

Date: Second Friday of every month
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
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 mvansickle@ashevillenc.gov or call: (828) 232-4555.
Asheville Green Drinks

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

 
Date: Third Wednesday of every month
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Changes. See
website for details.

For more information visit the Green Drinks Website or contact Joseph Malki at jmalki1@jhu.edu.
AWC Lunch-N-Learns
 
The AWC wants to know what what your workplace wants to learn about. Please click the link below and take our two-question survey so we can create LNLs geared toward what your workplace wants know.
 
 

Featured Participant:
Green Sage Cafe
Green Sage Cafe is a local restaurant that cares about what they serve their customers through seeking out healthy and natural ingredients. Their Mission? To make Nourishing Food for the Community using Sustainable Practices. Green Sage is inspired by the surrounding mountains of Western North Carolina. They use local and organic ingredients whenever possible and consistently strive to provide friendly and nourishing experiences to their customers. At Green Sage, they are always working to reduce their impact and set a positive example for other businesses. They call this "Nourishing Life."

Green Sage Cafe has joined the AWC, and currently have a Platinum-rated Green Score. The Challenge wanted to give Green Sage recognition this month, not only because they have such an outstanding Green Score, but because they were also the first business to sign up for the AWC. Green Sage is not just our first Challenge participant, they are also the first to display our new AWC Participant Window Clings. By displaying these window clings in their locations, Green Sage Cafe is getting public recognition for their AWC participation, showing their support/encouragement for sustainability initiatives, and helping to spread the word for the Challenge. 

Thank you Green Sage Cafe, and keep up the good work! 
To the left is a photo of an AWC window cling at Green Sage Cafe in Downtown Asheville.
 

These window clings are provided by the City for AWC workplaces to show their participation and support of the Challenge. These clings measure about 5" x 4.5". Please email the AWC for more information on how you can get one or more of these window clings for your workplace(s). If interested, we have other signage available too for AWC participation and signage to encourage reduction of vehicle idling.

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 Challenge 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 HMahoney@ashevillenc.gov. 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.
Mary Love as our Featured Participant.
More info on how your business can become more Green
.
Update Your Green Scorecard
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