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Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

30 Cumberland Ave.

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1969 by eight Buncombe County Churches, ABCCM is now a cooperative ministry of more than 246 churches accomplishing what individual congregations cannot accomplish alone. ABCCM creates opportunities for others to restore the dignity of the "lea ... more

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Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

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"We can't really call it Foodtopia ... [cached]

"We can't really call it Foodtopia when one out of five people can't get enough to eat," Susan Garrett of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council told the city's Housing and Community Development Committee (which includes City Council members Gordon Smith, Cecil Bothwell and Chris Pelly) on Oct. 21. North Carolina, she said, was listed as the 10th-hungriest state in the nation in a 2012 report from the Food Research and Action Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group working to end hunger in America.

And when Garrett (who works as a life coach at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry) recently addressed the Housing and Community Development Committee, she put it this way: "We're looking for the city to be more of a driver of these goals.

"As far as finding training-related work, ... [cached]

"As far as finding training-related work, that's the challenge," says Susan Garrett, Green Jobs director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry.

More than 90 people have completed ... [cached]

More than 90 people have completed the training, but only 22 have found green jobs, said Susan Garrett, director of the program.

"It's very challenging," Garrett said.
Despite the tough market, Garrett, of ABCCM, said getting training in green jobs now is a good idea. Along with ABCCM, Green Opportunities offers training programs. A-B Tech offers degrees in construction science and sustainability technology, along with continuing education courses.
"The wave of the future is green. It's not going to go away," Garrett said.

"We really want to see solar ... [cached]

"We really want to see solar power expand in Asheville," said Susan Garrett, green jobs director at ABCCM. "There are a lot of people who are out of work and are really interested in getting into solar power."

ABCCM recently received grant money from the Department of Labor to further develop its Green Jobs Program, making the scholarships possible and, hopefully, aiding recipients in finding related employment.
Garrett and others involved with green technologies said they expect growth within the solar industry.
Garrett said ABCCM has partnered with other area organizations that promote green technologies to aid graduates in finding green jobs.

"As far as finding training-related work, ... [cached]

"As far as finding training-related work, that's the challenge," says Susan Garrett, Green Jobs director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry.

Garrett was hired in March 2010, and training began that July. Since then, she reports, 52 people have been trained as biofuels technicians, 24 as solar-thermal installers, 38 as LEED green associates specializing in green-building practices, and 156 as weatherization technicians.
"Now we've got all these wonderful trained people, but the market never materialized," says Garrett.
She blames a still-weak economy in which many homeowners aren't willing to pay for energy-saving improvements even if it would benefit their household's bottom line while reducing the structure's carbon footprint.
"We've really tried to raise awareness that we have all these trained people," Garrett says, telling potential employers "We're your talent scouts: We can recruit good people for you."
In the meantime, Garrett was collaborating with the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, which received a grant to install solar panels on eight Asheville restaurants.
Garrett is also trying to tap into the Tennessee Valley Authority's Clean Air Act settlement to fund a local version of the stalled federal Home Star program, creating a revolving-loan program that would help homeowners pay for energy-efficiency upgrades.
"Nobody expected the economy to take the hit that it has," Garrett reflects.

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