Lawrence J. Murphy, P.E.
Rebecca Jablon, AICP
The City of Asheville, North Carolina took on a challenging goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from City operations and services by 2% per year from 2007 levels until an 80% reduction is achieved. To achieve its goal, the City developed an Asheville Sustainability Management Plan (SMP). In 2008, the City’s fleet and employee commute were responsible for nearly a third of the City’s greenhouse gases. One key component to improving the sustainability in the City’s transportation sector is to go green. Asheville’s green transportation strategy is a comprehensive plan that focuses on reducing vehicle miles traveled and fuel consumption as well as encouraging an increase in public transportation use. The sustainable vision of Asheville and its goal to reduce greenhouse gases will conserve energy and improve the environment. Techniques employed and planned are transferrable to any municipality.