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The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center at 285 Livingston Street has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The designation is the highest level of certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council in its recognition of building design and construction practices that reduce carbon footprint and environmental impact.
“This certification is great news,” said project manager Al Koph from the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. “We’ve worked hard to make this project a flagship for the city and an example of what can be achieved in sustainable building.”
Dedicated in October 2011, phase one of the recreation center was the first City of Asheville facility built since Asheville City Council’s 2007 direction that all new municipal construction achieve at least gold LEED certification. Council includes among its strategic goals that Asheville be a southeastern leader in sustainability.
Throughout the project’s first phase, project architect Jane Mathews, acting as the LEED certification administrator and working with her design team, submitted qualifying elements to the USGBC and confirmed that it was on track. Thanks to features like use of natural light and water-efficient fixtures, the project cleared the bar for gold certification and then some.
“The City of Asheville is to be commended for showing strong leadership in promoting a very high level of sustainable design for its new facilities,” Mathews said. “We were honored to assist the City in fulfilling this commitment and to furthering its environmental stewardship by providing a quality, affordable and sustainable new center for Asheville and its citizens.”
Mathews presented the LEED Platinum certificate to Asheville City Council at its December 11 meeting.
The Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center is probably most easily recognized by its roof, the shape of which channels rainwater into sediment reducing ponds and cisterns as well as the roof gardens. But the center also employs energy-efficient windows, geothermal temperature regulation and energy conserving insulation. In rating buildings for certification, the USGBC also factors in how far materials have to travel to get on site and the fact that most of the materials removed for the building were recycled.
Phase one of the center houses an auditorium, classrooms and office space. Phase two, which is currently in the planning stage, will include a gymnasium, a spray ground, playground, and a section of the Town Branch Greenway.
Click here for more information about the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center or any of the City of Asheville recreation centers.
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December 18, 2012
ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville, Curbside Management, and AT&T are partnering for a phone book recycling drive that highlights area community centers.
Residents are encouraged to bring used telephone books to any of the 11 Asheville area community recreation centers from now through Aug. 18.
The center that collects the most used telephone books will win a $500 cash prize, funded by AT&T.
It’s the first time the city has conducted this contest, said Wendy Simmons, solid waste manager in the city’s sanitation division.
The winning center will use the money for a community event, according to Charles Lee, program supervisor for the city’s recreation centers.
“Each community has multiple events in which they gather to celebrate the uniqueness of that particular community,” Lee said. “Once a winner is determined, the center director will work with their community advisory board to determine what particular event [the center may have] and how best to use funds.”
The local drive is one of about 70 “Project ReDirectory” initiatives operated by AT&T. These are community-based recycling programs designed to promote the collection and recycling of directories. The directories are made from recycled paper waste and wood fiber, such as sawdust and wood chips that would otherwise go unused.
Directories are also recycled into animal bedding, bathroom tissue, cereal boxes, roofing shingles and new phone books.
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July 13, 2011
44 volunteers showed up at the Stephens-Lee Community Center on Saturday, January 15, to give the center’s gymnasium a new coat of paint in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day. The service project, organized by the City of Asheville’s Volunteer Program, saw participants from the community as well as the city’s Parks Maintenance division, cadets from the Asheville Police Department, students from Christ School and teens participating in the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA). It took the group only two hours to complete the job, reported the city’s Neighborhood/Volunteer Coordinator Marsha Stickford.
Stickford said Saturday’s event was the first in what she hopes will become an annual volunteer service effort celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We would like to identify opportunities every year for Martin Luther King Jr. day that will benefit the community,” Stickford said. The event, she continued, compliments the city’s participation in the Day of Caring held in September and coordinated by Hands on Asheville-Buncmobe, an organization that was also a driving force behind the MLK Jr. weekend event. “They have been instrumental in the community with regards to a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. day,” Stickford said. A third volunteer project will be planned for the spring, she said.
The roster of volunteers for the Stephens-Lee project filled quickly, as participants invited friends and relatives to be part of the volunteer day. “A lot of the APD cadets brought extra volunteers,” she said.
Superintendent of Parks Kathleen Connor, who alongside Park Maintenance staff set up volunteers with paint, rollers and brushes, said the new coat of paint is an important step in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department’s priority of revamping of the center’s gym that will eventually include new lighting and floor resurfacing.
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January 18, 2011