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‘Green Bash’ Scheduled for May 23rd

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Green Bash

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Saturday, May 23rd at 9p.m. Seven-Star Inc. teams up with Catalyst POETIX to present the first-ever "GREEN BASH" as a benefit for the Green Cities Institute, at 191 Lyman St., a.k.a. "The Star Factory."

Boasting a line-up of regional heavyweight talent, GREEN BASH features spoken-word poets of The Poetix Vanguard, hip-hop stylings of Preach Jacobs, the freshest DJ sounds of Bowie, Mindelixir, The Midnite Ace, and Cameron Corey with digital projection art from VJ collective The NightLight Riders.

The GREEN BASH sound system consists partly of Atlanta’s infamous "80 Megaton" consisting of 4 x 18" subwoofers generously being provided by Mellow Mushroom along with 600 square foot of light up dance floor.

Merging innovative, multimedia event production with the global sustainability movement, Seven-Star Inc. and Catalyst POETIX endeavor to positively impact the community through raising cultural awareness and promoting sustainability. Seven-Star’s mission is to accelerate the global market towards sustainable economy, ecological wisdom, and social justice through green event/entertainment development and production. Catalyst POETIX specializes in providing innovative experiential arts programs to heighten community awareness and empower youth. Together, the GREEN BASH will support the start-up of a new not-for-profit called Green Cities Institute which is developing a new native language eLearning platform offering "how-to" on-line seminars on hot water solar heater kits, permaculture, small scale green building, and community self-sufficiency.

The Green Cities Institute is the brainchild of Joseph B. Malki founder of the Green Cities event series and Chief Business Development Officer at Seven-Star, Inc. and Ajay Nair, CEO of BartiNet.com. Mr. Nair is a native of State of Kerala, India and his background is focused on business management and sustainable habitat planning. Both Mr. Maki and Mr. Nair’s inspiration comes from studying the lack of sustainable infrastructure in the developing world, particularly in slum communities. Mr. Nair states, "The non-availability of training materials in native languages like Hindi, Tamil, Urudu and Arabic prevents a massive underclass from reaping the rewards of permaculture, solar technology and other sustainable initiatives. Many times, the solutions are low-tech and available but for lack of access to knowledge. Our hope is to work with UN Habitat, mobile aggregators, social media and universities around the world to provide accessible training to the worlds most under privileged communities in their own languages." The green cities movement is hitting stride across the world as government and businesses are discovering more than a silver lining in solar, wind, composting and other green ventures. However, this green "boom" has largely ignored the world’s poorest.

In 2005, Seven-Star produced the United Nations World Environment Days’ Green Cities Expo. This year, they have re-launched the event series with a different twist. "It’s time for greater collaboration between all sectors of society around sustainability and its inherent cost savings. Artists, poets, and musicians have been excluded from the deeper conversations, but that’s changing. Green Bash is the beginning of integrating their voices and creativity on behalf of causes like the Green Cities Institute. When you combine outrageous fun with a cause, people pay attention. Artists have the power to shape this global dialogue and help the most unfortunate. Being ecologically active and involved in social justice is more than hip, its a timeless idea of being "good"

Doors open at 9pm and there is a $10 cover charge. For more information, call Graham Hackett at (828) 712-3808 or email [email protected]

Rose Hil Planation in North-West Asheville Offers Spring Savings

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Rose Hill Plantation, Asheville’s first single-family thoughtfully planned "Healthy Living Community," is now also Asheville’s best buy. For a limited time, ready to move-in two and three bedroom homes, or new built homes are priced from $279,000 representing a price savings of 15%. In addition, owners can enjoy a $5,000 move-in decorator allowance on any existing new built home.

From the ground-up Rose Hill Plantation is unique in its dedication to fostering an invigorating, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle for active adults. The enclave of 103 single-family detached-homes is nestled into a pristine parcel of land and surrounded by breathtaking vistas in Northwest Asheville, just 10 minutes from the city’s downtown. Of the gated community’s 58 acres, more than 40 acres are in a conservation easement that includes dedicated walking trails and communal gardens.

"Rose Hill Plantation is the premiere healthy living community for the Asheville area and now it is clearly the best value," said onsite Realtor, Debbie Kelly with Beverly-Hanks & Associates. "It’s the only single-family community that offers a detached home with maintenance-free living in a gated community for under $300,000. This limited-time pricing combined with the healthy lifestyle amenities make it the most compelling new community in Asheville," added Kelly.

The Sales Center at Rose Hill Plantation is open seven days a week and is located at 3041 Leicester Hwy. (Hwy. 63) Leicester, NC 28748. Or call the sales office at: 828.337.2212 or online at www.rosehillplantation.net.

Homes at Rose Hill Plantation are now priced for a limited time from the high $200s to the low $400s. Each of the single family one and two story homes range from approximately 1387 to 2430 square feet and offer two and three bedroom plans with garages and some have the capability of a finished lower level. The homes offer a maintenance-free environment within a lock-and-leave setting in a gated community.

Rose Hill Plantation is a development of Jeff Glover who is a Platinum Member of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.

Fundraiser for Green Opportunities Scheduled for May 28th – ‘Arts 2 Go!’

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Affiliates will host "Arts to Go" May 28th from 6:30pm-930pm at the Phil Mechanic Building in Asheville’s River Arts District. The event is billed as a fundraiser for Green Opportunities, a paid job training and placement program designed to prepare unemployed, out-of-school young adults in and around Asheville for living wage jobs in the rapidly expanding green economy.

With tons of great food and drink, art exhibits, raffle/silent auction items, and live musical performances, "Arts to GO" promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment!

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with all proceeds to benefit Green Opportunities. Bring extra cash for the raffle and silent auction items! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Opening bids on silent auction items vary.

The event will also serve to celebrate the first graduating class of Asheville Green Opportunities members. For more information or to RSVP, contact 828-258-1856 or [email protected] or greenopportunities.org.

The green economy is growing fast, creating thousands of green-collar jobs that pay a living wage, offer advancement opportunities, and serve the community and the planet. These jobs represent important "pathways out of poverty" for members of our communities who have traditionally struggled under the "gray," pollution-based economy. Asheville GO is designed to empower individuals with barriers to employment through a combination of service-learning projects, on-the-job training and one-on-one support.

Asheville Green Homes Parade Sceduled for April 26th

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Green homes go on parade this month in a green home tour featuring 41 Buncombe County homes.

The self-guided tour, put on by the Asheville Board of Realtors’ eco-consultants division, will be 1-5 p.m. April 26.

A list of the homes and directions to each are on the event’s brochure, available at the Asheville Board of Realtors new office, 37 Montford Ave., Asheville (you can pick up a brochure beginning Monday; as of today, you can also download the brochure at www.green-hometour.com). For more, call Mike Figura at 337-8190.

The homes on the tour range from $121,000 at The Westcourt (a future LEED mixed-use condo development in West Asheville) to a $2,895,000 HealthyBuilt Silver home at the Cliffs of Walnut Cove.

“Just a few years ago, the first HealthyBuilt Home was constructed in North Carolina. Now there are 193 HealthyBuilt Homes listed on MLS,” said Figura, chairman of the eco-consultants division. “When we realized this, it just made sense to create a green home tour so that we could show the public the excellent green building that is occurring in Buncombe.”

The Buncombe Green Home Tour will feature existing green homes for sale as well as pre-construction green developments. Information will be available at the Asheville Board of Realtors on April 26 for pre-construction green developments that people cannot tour. Two landscape architects, David Tuch with Equinox Environmental and David Brannon with SiteRythems, will also talk about topics like sustainable land planning and environmental resource assessment at the Asheville Board of Realtors.

Asheville Celebrates Earth Day

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Learn what the City of Asheville is doing to be green by attending the first annual Earth Day Expo. The expo will be held at the Public Works building (161 South Charlotte Street) first floor in room A109 on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is free to the community. The expo will be focused on energy efficiency and will highlight the sustainability initiatives of the city.

Councilmember Robin Cape will open the event and a presentation will be provided by the City of Asheville’s Energy Coordinator and the Sustainability Advisory Committee on the Energy and the Environment. Time will be provided for the public to speak with experts from various city departments.

Earth Day Expo is part of a larger national event called the National Conversation on Climate Action (www.climateconversation.org ) organized by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. Various events throughout the nation will bring together thousands of people in communities to drive local level solutions to global climate change. “This is an unprecedented initiative to engage dozens of communities and thousands of people to drive substantive, solutions-oriented dialogues about climate action opportunities at the local level”, said Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of ICLEI USA. For additional questions please email Phil Kleiser at [email protected]

Organic Baby Wearhouse Adds New Green Baby Apparel Line

Monday, April 6th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Parents are increasingly eco-conscious, especially when it comes to their children. A top priority for many is raising a green baby – exposing babies to safer, organic products and clothing as opposed to those containing harsh chemicals. Organic Baby Wearhouse is launching a new line of organic baby clothes and blankets to help meet this demand, as well as a new gift registry service.

“Our new baby clothing line has it all,” says Erick Recors, Partner and VP of Sales with Organic Baby Wearhouse. “We combine both organic fabrics and natural colors with very functional styles which can hold up to even the most playful and adventurous babies and toddlers. The pieces are even designed to be easy on the parents with features like easy-off zippers. On top of being an environmentally-friendly option, our new line is also economically-conscious, with all products grown and manufactured in America.”

The items carried in this new line are 100% organic. The company features both classic and modern styles, to fit the tastes of any new parent. The new line features blankets, baby yoga sets, body suits, dresses, hats, baby mits, jackets, jumpers, and more.

Eco-conscious parents-to-be can take advantage of another new addition to Organic Baby Wearhouse – the company is launching a gift registry service this May. In the past, while friends and family members of new parents may have known their preference towards organic baby products, they may not have known where to find those products through traditional retail outlets. The new gift registry will allow parents to hand-pick the types of safe and healthy baby products they want their child exposed to, while making those products more accessible for those shopping for baby shower gifts.

Organic Baby Wearhouse also offers organic baby mattresses and bedding, bottles and other feeding products, cotton diapers, and organic baby toys.

Asheville Greenworks to Host Cleanup Kickoff Party

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville GreenWorks will be hosting a Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup Kickoff Party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Terry Bellamy and County Commissioner David Gant will proclaim April Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup month and help with the kickoff cleanup on Chamber grounds and nearby streets. Everyone in the community is invited to this event to help with the cleanup or pick up supplies for their own cleanup.

Asheville GreenWorks, formerly Quality Forward, will be sponsoring community cleanup events and projects throughout the month of April to promote environmental awareness and community action.

Asheville GreenWorks is a new name on a longtime goal: to clean and green Asheville and Buncombe through volunteer projects. In April Asheville GreenWorks will be sponsoring annual cleanup drive Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup, expanding on the events from last year five-fold. As part of the drive community volunteers will clean up streets, waterways and public spaces by removing litter and illegal dump sites, greening up parks, schoolyards and other public spaces, holding recycling drives, hosting educational events, removing graffiti, and more.

Volunteers are wanted Saturday for the Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup. We’ll be meeting at six Bojangles locations listed below between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to distribute supplies and eat breakfast. Asheville GreenWorks volunteers will equip you with bags, gloves and safety vests, and other supplies as needed, and Bojangles will provide breakfast to hungry volunteers. If you already know of a spot in your neighborhood that needs work, pick up some supplies and mobilize your own neighborhood pickup.

If you want to make a difference in the greater community contact Asheville GreenWorks beforehand and we’ll set you up with a site and group. Contact [email protected] or 254-1776 for questions or to register for this event.

Asheville GreenWorks is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and has been working for a clean and green Buncombe County since 1974. For more information, contact Allison McGehee at 254-1776

Litter pickup supplies will be available at the following Bojangle’s parking lots:

· Central / West: 974 Patton Avenue 253-7858

· Central / North: 99 Merrimon Avenue 252-2777

· Skyland: 1578 Hendersonville Rd. 277-3820

· Weaverville: 164 Weaver Rd. 645-7662

· Candler: 1507 Smoky Park Hwy. 670-6829

· Oteen: 1338 Tunnel Rd. 298-6001

Rose Hill Plantation in Northwest Asheville Opens Sales Center

Friday, March 27th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Rose Hill Plantation is a single-family gated community, a thoughtfully planned ‘Healthy Living Community’ conveniently located in Northwest Asheville just minutes from the City’s downtown. From the ground-up, the community is dedicated to fostering an invigorating, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle for active adults who are 50 plus. The enclave of 103 single-family detached-homes is nestled into a pristine parcel of land and surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Of the community’s 58 acres, more than 40 acres are in a conservation easement that includes dedicated trails and gardens. Taking its lead from the surrounding beauty, Rose Hill Plantation offers the chance to preserve the allure of the mountains and contribute to the sustainable quality of life in the Asheville area.

The Sales Center at Rose Hill Plantation is now open and new homes and models may be previewed, as well as the Club House and walking trails. Opening this June is a unique “Green Showcase Model Home” — where homebuyers can preview green friendly upgrades that can be added to any new home prior to construction.

Rose Hill Plantation’s sales office is open seven days a week and is located at 3041 Leicester Hwy. (Hwy. 63) Leicester, NC 28748. Telephone: 828.337.2212 or online at www.rosehillplantation.net.

Homes at Rose Hill Plantation are priced from the low $300s to the $400s. The cottage-style homes range from approximately 1387 to 2100 square feet and offer two and three bedrooms with garages and some have the capability of a finished lower level. The homes offer a maintenance-free environment within a lock-and-leave setting in a gated community, providing the advantages of a condominium lifestyle while retaining the privacy of a single family home.

Rose Hill Plantation’s sustainable features are alternative power choices, a rainwater collection program, energy efficient appliances, and hands-on activity programs. Amenities include: a community garden, more than 40 acres of natural habitat that also provide a natural animal habitat; a stocked pond; wildflower and herb gardens; a saline swimming pool; a tennis court, fitness center and club house, and a Healthy Living Manager to help plan community events.

For more information or call: 828.337.2212 or online at: www.rosehillplantation.net.

Asheville Chamber of Commerce Hands Out 2009 "Go Green Award"

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville location for American Security Shredding has been recognized by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce with its 2009 "Go Green Award." The honor recognizes the company with business practices that lesson their impact and reduce waste in day to day operations.

Many key reasons are attributed to American Security Shredding’s win of the "Go Green Award." One reason is that 100% of the paper shredded is recycled. Whether the shredding is done with the on-site shred truck or back at the plant based facility, all the material is baled and shipped to recycling mills throughout the Southeast. Also, they were the first company in the U.S. to own and operate the new Vecoplan VST-42e electric shred truck. This system uses Vecoplan’s unique QuickLink "Plug and Play" Docking Technology that allows use as a stationary system when at the facility or purge site by shutting off the truck engine and plugging into 3-phase industrial power. This lets the truck operate efficiently and quietly without fear of hydraulic spills and conserves fuel and energy in the process. American Security Shredding also provides their customers with quarterly statements showing how many trees they have helped save. Many of the containers used at the customer’s offices are made of recycled material.

American Security Shredding has been operating in Asheville, North Carolina since 2003. In order to expand their footprint, they opened a second facility in Gainesville, Georgia during the 4th quarter of 2008. The company continuously looks for new ways to "Go-Green," and their mission is captured in their tagline "Shredding for your Security, Recycling for our Future."