Aerial view of Solar Suds, courtesy of Melissa Gladden Seventeen years ago, Melissa Gladden started cleaning houses in Asheville. She was good at her job and cared about the environment. Instead of using carcinogenic cleaners, she made her own environmentally-friendly ones. Her clients were impressed with her attention to detail and the care she put…

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This is the fourth entry in a blog series about commercial energy efficiency in Buncombe County by Andrew Polich, Lenoir-Rhyne University Master of Sustainability Studies student. View the first, second, and third. An aerial view of New Belgium’s AVL campus from the west. Source: Metal Construction News. What does it really take to be a…

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Spring of 2020 was an eerie time. Faced with a deadly and novel virus, America’s 5,300 colleges and universities dealt with the difficult decision of closing campuses. Quads once-filled with frisbee-throwing students were deserted. Dormitories and other large buildings sat in silence, home to only essential staff and luxuriating insects.    COVID poses a financial threat…

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My name is Andrew Polich and I’m pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville. For my capstone project, I decided to collaborate with The Blue Horizons Project and focus on communicating local success stories in greener buildings. My goal is to help Blue Horizons Project in its mission to…

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The Blue Horizons Press Conference was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 21 at a home benefiting from the Blue Horizons Project and its Energy Upgrade Program at 88 Wyoming Road in Kenilworth. The press conference offered interviews with government and nonprofit leaders behind the Blue Horizons Project, and visuals including a tour of the…

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