Monday, August 25, 2008

Goombay Festival

Just one more great reason to be in Asheville. This weekend was the annual Goombay festival (a word derived from a word that means rhythm).

The YMI Cultural Center's "Goombay!" Festival brings a variety of entertainment that delights every
festival-goer. From Steel Drums, African-America Dancers, local Gospel Groups,
and Contemporary Rhythm Bands, the activities are geared for families. (this
directly from the YMI site)

We forgot to take our camera so I only got a couple shots of the parade with my phone but I thought I would post them anyway.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Check out the global movement to reduce Co2 by 350 parts per million in the atmosphere. Take a look at the website to learn more.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

CFL in plain english

The Common Crafts folks are at it again ...

... the guy talking Lee LeFever is from North Carolina.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

National Center for Sustainability in Asheville

We all know there are a lot of concious people in Asheville and that is one of the things we love about it. Now, the National Center for Sustainability is here in Haywood Park Hotel. This has promise to bring even more green and sustainable businesses to down town Asheville.

Read about it here:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Local mapping applications to help in your real-estate search

We are lucky in Buncombe County to have some extraordinary GIS professionals working at the city and county GIS departments and building some great GIS applications - many in collaboration with other organizations like UNCA, NEMAC, and RENCI.

Buncombe County
City of Asheville - mapAsheville
  • Priority Places - An interactive mapping analysis application designed to strengthen quality economic development investment in the city of Asheville.
  • Crime Mapper - Provides access to crime related information and statistics by area
  • Development Mapper - Providing increased access to information concerning large-scale development activities
  • Simple Searches - Access the streamlined interface for basic users
  • Standard GIS - Tools for direct access to the advanced GIS user’s interface

Friday, August 8, 2008

Real-Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Did we mention that Haven is selling Real-Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and focusing on Green Building?

If you are looking for a conscious and compassionate person that is easy to work with you should think about giving her a call.

You can get more information by emailing her at haven (at) or calling 828.230.0555. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Another reason to walk or ride your bike

A couple weeks ago we were thinking about how much it would help if everyone in Asheville walked about 3 miles a week instead of driving. This week I saw the Clif Bar's 2 mile challenge. Pretty cool idea... I think they had it first though I hadn't seen it when I made my previous post. Ride or walk once a week to fight climate change.
  • 40% of U.S. Urban travel is 2 miles or less
  • 90% of those trips are by car

Find out more here:

Please join and take the challenge - see just how much difference you can make.

Friday, August 1, 2008

GIS for Real-Estate Professionals

Check out this introduction to GIS for Real-Estate professionals offered by Haven through AB Tech Continuing Education.

This course provides a basic introduction to local GIS data sources and Internet map services with an emphasis on real-estate applications. Introduction to basic GIS concepts and utilize hands-on activities with GIS software and some free desktop mapping programs for utilization with local data sources.

(4 hrs) No fee exemption

Total Registration Fee: $15.00
  • Tue/Thu, Oct 14 - Oct 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 108 Balsam Computer Technology Center, Asheville Campus Course #: SEF-7465-498