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Employee Spotlight: Local Sustainability Initiatives Get Statewide Attention

Local sustainability efforts took center stage at a recent town hall event hosted by UNC School of Government’s Anita Brown-Graham for ncIMPACT. Buncombe County’s own Sustainability Officer Jeremiah LeRoy was invited to participate, and the show will be broadcast to a statewide audience in January.

 “It was such an honor to be asked to participate in the ncIMPACT town hall and to share the stage with such an amazing group of local leaders in the area of sustainability,” notes Jeremiah. “This was a great opportunity to share stories about our successes and lessons learned with a statewide audience as well as to feel inspired by all that our community continues to accomplish.” In alignment with the 2025 Strategic Plan, Buncombe continues to prioritize sustainability efforts and is proud of Jeremiah’s stewardship in this arena.

The ncIMPACT Town Hall: Local Sustainability Goals in the Asheville Region featured several local panelists. Jeremiah LeRoy, Buncombe County Sustainability Officer; Julie Mayfield, MountainTrue Co-Director and NC State Senator ; Alison Ormsby, UNC Asheville Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Interim Co-Director of Sustainability; Nathan Ramsey, Land of Sky Regional Council Executive Director and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Director; Amber Weaver,  City of Asheville Office of Sustainability; and Christine Wittmeier, Environmental Programs Supervisor for Henderson County.

The town hall broadcast will premiere on PBS NC on:

  • Local Sustainability Goals (Asheville region) - Monday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Each episode will repeat overnight at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and at 5 p.m. Tuesday the week it premieres. It will also appear on the NC Channel at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, then repeat at 1 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday that week.

Find the videos here:

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About ncIMPACT

The ncIMPACT Initiative (ncIMPACT) is a statewide initiative launched by the UNC School of Government in 2017 to help local communities use data and evidence to improve conditions and inform decision making.