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The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute (BRSI) has received a $258,000 grant from the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology's Green Business Fund through a unique partnership with the Asheville Independent Restaurant (AIR) Association. The grant will improve the environmental sustainability and economic success of 17 AIR member restaurants.
The BRSI/AIR partnership, a major component of BRSI's Regional Energy Upfit Campaign, will provide the foundation for Asheville as a Green Dining Destination™ city, attracting tourism and promoting job creation and economic development in the region. The funding will enhance the restaurants' efforts to increase use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and promote energy conservation in support of achieving Green Certified Restaurant® status through the national Green Restaurant Association.
“We are working to establish Asheville as the greenest dining destination in the country,” said Randy Talley, owner of The Green Sage Restaurant and AIR board member. “This means we aim to have the most Certified Green Restaurants® per capita of any city in the U.S. Not only will it benefit our restaurants but it will have a positive impact on our community and region, including local farms, local breweries and local businesses.” ...
The Green Business Fund grant will enable restaurants to implement a variety of energy efficiency and energy-saving measures including solar hot water installations, HVAC and refrigeration improvements, lighting upgrades and training in energy conservation practices. These improvements are expected to save nearly 3.4 billion BTUs of energy each year, roughly equivalent of unplugging 110,000 televisions. Grant funds are provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will also create the equivalent of two full-time local jobs. ...
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