Climate Now is a project of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in Asheville, North Carolina. Since its founding in 2008, BRSI has promoted green practices in the built environment and has worked to expand access to solar energy in western North Carolina. In 2013, facing sharply reduced funding during a national economic slowdown, the organization closed its doors.
Now under new leadership, BRSI is returning with a targeted mission to support residents of western North Carolina in meeting today's needs without causing harm to the environment, to other people or to future generations. This invites us to rethink much of what we now call "sustainable". It also invites many of us to move in a new and exciting direction as individuals, families, communities and businesses. It offers an exceptional opportunity for western North Carolina.
At BRSI, our current focus is in two areas: (1) create a model program that enables each person to take effective action in reversing climate change and (2) help western North Carolinians build economic security by relocalizing our economy. We believe that the Climate Now program, which is being rolled out in real time as funding permits and with direct community participation, provides a powerful and engaging way to reach both goals.
BRSI is also working to minimize the need for ongoing support from granting organizations whose resources are in heavy demand. We will use initial grants and other support to build a model of organizational sustainability and to share those skills with others. We sincerely thank you for your tax deductible support and we welcome you to Climate Now!
Lalita Booth, Administrative Director