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Sustainability Plan

2017 Sustainability Plan Update

The five-year Sustainability Plan has been updated to continue through 2021. The update process has included sustainability partners from Buncombe County who contributed their expertise and knowledge on current conditions, new initiatives, and anticipated policy and funding changes. As a result, the Plan Update contains revised goals and objectives in order to continue to address the most relevant issues facing our community and to apply our efforts in the most productive manner.

The Plan Update may be viewed online at the following link:

Planning for a More Sustainable Buncombe County

Buncombe County is highly recognized for its rich history as both a proactive community and local government. As our community continues to grow we find ourselves increasingly focused on adapting to inevitable changes in a sustainable manner. In order to provide guidance to these efforts, Buncombe County developed a County-wide Sustainability Plan. This plan is intended to inspire our community to put sustainable practices first, thereby strengthening our community, environment, and economy.

The mission statement identifies the purpose of the plan, while the vision statement focuses the plan's strategies toward a specific vision for the future.

Mission Statement

Buncombe County is dedicated to strengthening our quality of life for everyone by taking fiscally and socially responsible actions to ensure the prosperity of future generations. Our collective decisions as citizens, businesses, government, and organizations measurably enrich our environment, our community, and our economy.

Vision Statement

Buncombe County is a leader in sustainable practices through the collaboration of citizens, institutions, businesses, and government.

We promote a sense of community through public engagement. We celebrate a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life. We are stewards of the environment who advocate the conservation, preservation, and restoration of resources. We are part of a community and environmentally-conscious economy that is stable and diverse. We have a strong sense of place, and continue to work to preserve our distinctive landscape and culture.

We are committed to continually improving our community for the betterment of future generations.

Sustainability Plan

The Sustainability Plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on May 15, 2012.

The Sustainability Plan was updated and adopted on March 7, 2017. The development of the plan relied upon input from local experts, the Buncombe County Sustainability Partnership, and community members. The process spanned more than a year and included an extensive inventory of the current needs of the community, as well as consideration of anticipated future needs. As we continue to move forward with the implementation of this community-wide plan, we encourage the continued input and participation of all citizens in Buncombe County. Your comments and feedback are welcome at (828) 250-4830 or via e-mail at

Annual Report

As part of the process of building a more sustainable Buncombe County, a commitment has been made to provide an annual report on the progress of the Plan’s implementation. In May 2013, the first year of implementation ended and the first Annual Report was published. This report highlights the fourteen goals, as well as each of the objectives, and provides an example of strategies employed for goal achievement. Indicators are provided to establish baseline information, and will be used in the coming years to identify trends and benchmark progress. This Annual Report is provided as an additional resource and supplement to the original plan.