Our communities deserve clean, sustainable, homegrown energy. We believe North Carolina can lead the South into a 21st-century energy economy that’s built to last.
MountainTrue is dedicated to helping North Carolina communities reduce their energy footprint and fossil fuel usage. We have been working with local community members, policymakers and Duke Energy to bring our area sustainable solutions for our ever-growing energy needs.
MountainTrue has been involved in environmental activism and energy conservation for decades to ensure that our region is moving towards sustainable energy solutions. Together, with local support from partner organizations and our engaged community, we have secured the retirement of Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant, kept large transmission lines from cutting through our communities, helped residents find energy savings and worked with local and state government towards a future with cleaner energy.
The Blue Horizons Project
With a growing population and increasingly technology-dependent culture, the energy needs of Buncombe County have grown – and continue to grow – significantly larger. Soon, our energy demand will strain our ability to meet it. If our demand continues to increase at its current rate, in five short years we won’t have the capacity to meet it.
In our area, it’s winter that presents the greatest challenge. During the coldest days, the amount of energy we need to heat our homes spikes sharply.
The Blue Horizons Project is all about making a clean energy future a reality in Buncombe County and preserving our skies and waters for generations to come. Here you’ll find resources, tips and information for the first step in that journey – making your home and business more energy efficient.
To start saving energy now, visit https://bluehorizonsproject.com/.
To read an op/ed about the Blue Horizons Project co-authored by MountainTrue Co-Director Julie Mayfield, click here.
Become a Member of the Recycling and Waste Team in Henderson County
This task force promotes city, county and regional recycling programs (including curb-side pick-up) and advocates to improve Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle programs. The Recycling and Waste Team educates the public and policymakers about best practices by speaking at Commission meetings, writing letters-to-the-editor, holding public forums, contacting schools and businesses, and organizing eco-tours. For more information or to become a committee member, email MountainTrue’s Southern Regional Director Gray Jernigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Listening Project
Started here in WNC, the Climate Listening Project is a visual and social storytelling project focusing on conversations about climate disruption and resilience in North Carolina, around the country and the world. The stories talk about how climate impacts communities in a variety of ways through family, faith, business, food, rivers, birds, and more. To learn more and see additional videos …
Energy and Sustainability News
Read Board Chair Katie Breckheimer’s Article on the Southeast Regional Recycling Council Forum for Hendersonville Times-News Here!
MountainTrue Board Chair and Recycling Team member Katie Breckheimer recently wrote an article for the Hendersonville Times-News on the Southeast Regional Council’s fall recycling forum. Check out Katie’s full piece and learn more about MountainTrue’s Recycling Team efforts here.read more
Duke Energy customers and environmental, consumer and welfare advocates are calling on the North Carolina Utilities Commission to reject a proposal by Duke Energy to make consumers pay for the company’s coal ash cleanup through higher bills and fees. Duke customers can make their opposition known at a public hearing of the Utilities Commission on Wednesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at the Buncombe County Courthouse.read more
Joan Walker, MountainTrue Campaigns Director, provides and update on the work of the Asheville-Buncombe County Energy Innovation Taskforce and the progress made toward avoiding the construction of the proposed additional 190 Megawatt gas-fired “peaking” plant.read more
Did you catch this recent MountainXpress article — “Heat pumps drive rapid growth in WNC’s peak electricity demand”? Virginia Daffron takes a look at some of the strategies that we’ll be advocating for with Duke Energy, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and all the community partners participating in the Asheville Energy Innovation Task Force.read more