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Ciĕl Community Home Named Finalist in NAHB Green Building Awards

Friday, March 27th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that a home in Ciĕl, a new luxury community in Asheville, N.C., is a finalist for the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards.

The prestigious annual awards honor home builders, remodelers, home builders’ associations and other organizations for advancing green building through innovative design and construction techniques, excellent educational programs and successful advocacy efforts.

Ciĕl was selected as a finalist in the Green Project of the Year, Single Family Luxury category for the community’s first home located at 573 Elk Mountain Scenic Highway.

The home, built by Cottonwood Development Company, is chockfull of artisan touches, high-end finishes and green features. The builder and developer consulted with Joe Crocker, an Appalachian State University professor and LEED-accredited expert in green building, to ensure the home obtains certification in the NC HealthyBuilt Homes program. It has almost 7,000 square feet under roof, with more than 2,000 square feet in outdoor living space. The home is priced at $3,499,999. For more information about the home, visit www.ciel-property.com.

The awards are part of the NAHB National Green Building Program, NAHBGreen, which includes education, advocacy, marketing and certification services for green homes. Since NAHBGreen debuted in February 2008, almost 150 homes have been certified across the country. Project entries must be scored to the NAHBGreen rating system to facilitate judging.

“Between 2006 and 2008, the number of award applications quadrupled. The tremendous growth of this program reflects the growth of green-building practices all over the country,” said NAHB Green Building Subcommittee Chair Eric Borsting, a California home builder.

“I wanted to create a setting for those who share similar passions. This community gives equal emphasis to environmental responsibility, the beauty of the land and finely crafted homes,” said David Zimmerman of AIBL Invest, LLC, developer of Ciĕl.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner during the NAHB National Green Building Conference. The 11th annual conference is set for May 8-10 in Dallas. Alternative energy advocate T. Boone Pickens will be the keynote speaker. He’ll address the award nominees and local and national association leaders about environmental initiatives that can help conserve energy, water and other natural resources and the important role that the home building industry continues to play in mainstreaming new technologies.

Presented by the National Association of Home Builders, the conference is the largest event of its kind focusing on the residential green building market. For more information, visit www.nahbgreen.com.

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 City Invites Public to Bele Chere Meeting

Friday, March 27th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department has announced a series of meetings to provide information about plans for the 2009 Bele Chere Festival, being held July 24 – 26 in downtown Asheville. Changes for the 2009 event will be presented followed by a question and answer session.

While the meetings are mainly designed for downtown Asheville business owners, all downtown stakeholders are welcome to attend. Meetings will be held Monday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in the Grove Arcade Conference Room at 1 Page Avenue, Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. in the City of Asheville Economic Development Office at 29 Haywood Street, and Wednesday, April 8 at 9 a.m. in the YMI Cultural Center at 39 S. Market Street.

Bele Chere is produced by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and is the largest free street festival in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.belecherefestival.com or call (828) 259-5800.

Shuler Talking About Green Jobs for Western NC

Friday, March 27th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler is meeting with educational, business and environmental leaders to discuss the future of his mountain district.

Shuler will speak Friday in Asheville about green-collar jobs, developing a work force, growing the economy and combatting global climate change. The Democratic lawmaker will be joined by Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and other leaders from the region.

President Obama has said he wants to focus on building a green economy by retraining workers, and the $787 billion stimulus bill he signed last month includes tax incentives for clean energy, guarantees loans for companies that develop clean energy technologies and invests in research designed to reduce climate change.

Asheville Regional Airport to Offer Non-Stop to Orlando

Thursday, March 26th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that AirTran Airways will begin new non-stop air service between Asheville and Orlando International Airport on June 11, 2009. Service will be operated using 117- passenger Boeing 717 jets. These jets will provide two classes of non-stop service to Florida where travelers can enjoy beaches and sunshine.

“This new service is great news for Western North Carolina as it will inject new energy into our local business economy and support our vital tourism industry,” said David N. Edwards, Jr., A.A.E, Airport Director. ”Asheville is a great place to do business, and this new service from AirTran, a low-cost carrier, demonstrates our commitment to Western North Carolina.”

Introductory Sale Fares will begin at $69 and must be purchased by April 16, with travel completed by June 25, 2009. Travelers can book their ticket at www.airtran.com and www.flyavl.com.

Local Designers Present Fashion Show in Asheville

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Phi Beta Lambda at AB Tech is announcing the launch of “Push Asheville Fashion,” a promotional campaign to support local businesses and designers at a not-for-profit event that will showcase the best local talent in Asheville along with an over the top Asheville runway fashion show.

The show will take place Friday March 27, 2009 starting at 9:00 pm at the renowned venue, The Garage at Biltmore, and will feature designers, boutique representatives, and musicians all of whom are locally based.

“During this time of great economic strain the community must support its local businesses. What better way to showcase clothing than with a fashion runway show; a marketing method used at all levels in the fashion industry,” says Sonia Hendrix of Franklin, who is organizing the event with Phi Beta Lambda at AB Tech.

“The desire of PBL’s project, PUSH ASHEVILLE FASHION, is bringing the attention of students to shopping locally by strategically marketing, campaigning, and showcasing participating boutiques/designers to students at ABTech, UNCA, and the citizens of Asheville.”

The fashion show is primarily a showcase for local designers who create an array of clothing styles with a focus in professional business wear, casual business attire, casual wear, and summer wear. In addition to being a unique opportunity for local fashion designers, the event promises to attract local fashion and music enthusiasts and stunning runway models.

This is a positive event for Asheville, creating job opportunities for stylists, models and others involved in local fashion.

Designers can show their collections on the modest budget of $120 and under per outfit.

Travelers to Asheville will have a resource for supporting the local economy once a brochure is developed featuring local fashion boutiques.

Local Ashevillians will have a fun event to attend that will showcase a performance by Asheville Dance Revolution and musical performances by Ras Berhane of Krystal Kind, Jen and the Juice, Afromotive members; Ryan Knowles and Jacob Keller in their group PLAZA REAL, local fashion, models, and a great foundation for networking.

The twelve boutiques showcasing outfits from their stores and outfits of local designers are: Wink, Custom, Hip Replacements, Va Va Voom, Terra Diva, Frock, Union, Virtue, Boga, Vintage Moon, Hunk, and Honey Pot.

The show is open to the public, and local and regional media is invited to cover the event.

Asheville’s City Online Services to be Interupted

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville’s online customer services will be interrupted Thursday, March 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This interruption is to implement an upgrade to the city’s computer software applications.

Affected online services include: development & building permit tracking, parking ticket payments and utility bill payments.

“The city regrets this inconvenience; however, this software upgrade ensures the city continues to provide appropriately supported technology for these online services,” stated Jason Mann, GIS and applications manager.

Biltmore Park Welcomes The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Western North Carolina has a long history of ecological awareness, and the Asheville area is often considered a pioneer in social consciousness; community gardens, environmental action groups, and new standards in green building abound. Biltmore Farms is excited to a part of this, and in turn, they are happy to have the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute as an office tenant in Biltmore Park Town Square.

BRSI promotes fresh thinking and provides the tools and knowledge necessary to a range of groups in order to help continue and improve sustainability throughout the region. By melding scientific, applied, and action research, BRSI hopes to better understand the interdependence between social, environmental, and economic development, while creating new models for sustainable behavior, becoming an example both regionally and nationally.

Of course, BRSI could not be located in a more fitting place. As they share with others the knowledge needed to develop a green economy, they also exemplify environmental sensitivity by working from Biltmore Park Town Square. As a high density, multi-use development, Town Square centralizes residences, modern conveniences, and resources for a healthy lifestyle all within walking distance of one another, reducing pollutants associated with driving.

The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute works hard to educate the community about the benefits of going green. Some of their projects include “Green Mondays,” hosting the International Sustainability Conference in Asheville, development of environmental analytic systems, and water quality threat assessment. The advisory council for BRSI is comprised of local leaders from academic, building, government, and non-profit backgrounds, which allows for a multi-faceted perspective and action plan. Visit their website to learn more about their values and projects at, www.blueridgesustainability.org.

Asheville Greenworks and Nature Center to Host Arbor Day Celebration

Monday, March 23rd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville’s Arbor Day celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday beside the cabin at the WNC Nature Center on Gashes Creek Road, hosted by the Nature Center, Asheville GreenWorks and the Asheville Tree Commission.

Asheville’s 29th Tree City USA Award will be presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and oak trees will be planted around the new habitats. For more about Arbor Day, call Asheville GreenWorks at 254-1776 or visit www.ashevillegreenworks.org.

Asheville Earth Day Celebration Scheduled for April 18th

Monday, March 23rd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The 2nd annual Asheville Earth Day Celebration is set to take place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in downtown Asheville, NC. The event will again be an all day celebration of the conscious community of Asheville, and will feature an expansive Eco-village, with consciously active organizations participating with informational booths, an Earth Echo Stage for educational speakers from the various organizations, and a kids area for the whole family.

The event will also include a live music stage with performances by jazz fusion virtuosos Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, local soul sensation Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, world beat jam band Sol Driven Train, local bluegrass up-and-comers High Windy, guitar virtuoso and looping extraordinaire Zach Deputy and singer/songwriter Jen and the Juice. Other music will be announced as the event comes closer, and will include an array of local, conscious acts that represent and support the local community and its efforts towards a better earth.

The event is scheduled for activities and music going from 11am until 10pm. Though the music stage will be active most of the day, the festivities are meant to focus on the conscious issues that surround everyday life in the city of Asheville and across our fragile Earth, and to celebrate the consciousness of the Asheville community, one which strives in its local economy everyday in order to better its own community with conscious living.

There will also be an official Earth Day After-Party and Superjam, to be held at Stella Blue on 31 Patton Ave., hosted by Zach Deputy and featuring musical talents from the event at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The After-Party will begin upon the completion of the Earth Day Celebration at roughly 10pm. Ticket info and official Superjam line-up to be announced.