Buncombe County’s innovative programs continue to garner national recognition. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Buncombe County with three Achievement awards. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs across the country that strengthen services for residents.
Energy Innovation Task Force
The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) received an Achievement Award in in the category of county resiliency: infrastructure, energy, and sustainability.
The EITF is a joint initiative between the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, and Duke Energy to research and recommend energy efficiency and demand-side management programs in Buncombe County. Members of the task force are appointed from local government, environmental and clean energy advocates, large and small businesses, local institutions, and Duke Energy Progress. “I think this award is really a reflection of what can happen when we collaborate with our public partners and our community to achieve a common goal,” says Buncombe Sustainability Officer Jeremiah LeRoy. “I’m so grateful for all of the citizens and local organizations, as well as Duke Energy, which helped make this possible.”
More about NACo
NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson said, “We are seeing firsthand now more than ever that counties work tirelessly to support our residents. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs showcase how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”
Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more. Learn more here.