Our Partners

Our past and current partners are listed below. For more information about the Fellows’ research projects, visit “The Fellowship” above.



Asheville Design Center

Asheville Design Center is an independent, non-profit agency that engages Western North Carolina in creative community based design to promote healthy, thriving, and equitable communities.

Visit Asheville Design Center 

Asheville GreenWorks

With thousands of volunteers, we engage the community in grassroots projects such as urban forestry, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation of green spaces, care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

Visit Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville Mushroom Club

The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi.

Visit Asheville Mushroom Club

Autism Society of North Carolina

The Autism Society of North Carolina improves the lives of individuals with autism, supports their families, and educates communities.

Visit Autism Society NC

 BeLoved Asheville

BeLoved Asheville creates innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges Asheville faces as a community. BeLoved Asheville puts love into action daily through these solutions to make the Asheville community better.

Vist BeLoved Asheville 


The Biltmore Estate works to preserve the Biltmore as a privately owned, profitable, working estate.

Visit Biltmore 

Blue Horizons Project

The Blue Horizons Project was formed through the Energy Innovation Task Force.  The Project’s long term goal is to transition the Duke Energy Progress – West Region to a cleaner, affordable, and smarter energy future, rooted in community engagement and collaboration.  In the short term, the Project aims to avoid or delay the construction of a 190 MW natural gas plant planned for 2023.

Visit Blue Horizons Project

Blue Ridge Audubon

Blue Ridge Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Visit Blue Ridge Audubon

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles through North Carolina and Virginia, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes the Appalachian Highlands so special.

Visit Blue Ridge Parkway 

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical garden dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians.

Visit the Botanics Gardens of Asheville

Bountiful Cities

Bountiful Cities is an oganization committed to teaching sustainable agriculture skills in urban environments.

Visit Bountiful Cities

Center for Biological Diversity

Working to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

Visit The Center for Biological Diversity


A place for all to discover community, acceptance, and purpose. Retreat, camp, conference center.

Visit Christmount

Climate Listening Project

The Climate Listening Project is a collaborative effort from Dayna Reggero to connect and share hopeful conversations on climate and community.

Visit Climate Listening Project

Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory

The focal point of Coweeta is its outdoor living laboratory open to the public for conducting research on experimental sites.

Visit Coweeta Hydrologic Lab

Duke Energy

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, providing electricity to 7.7 million retail customers in six states, including Western North Carolina.

Visit Duke Energy 

Food Justice Planning Initiative

We envision a thriving, regenerative, resilient local food system with food justice for all in Western North Carolina.

Visit Food Justice Planning Initiative

Green Opportunities

Green Opportunities offers a combination of technical training, life skills training, industry-recognized credentials, and personalized support services to unemployed and under-employed residents of Asheville and Buncombe County. Our training and employment programs empower our Members to overcome both personal and systemic barriers to employment.

Visit Green Opportunities

Groundswell International

Groundswell focus is to strengthen rural communities through supporting education via agroecological sustainable farming and natural resources management.

Visit Groundswell

Land of Sky Regional Council

Land of Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government, planning and development organization. We reach county and municipal borders providing technical assistance to local governments and administer projects and programs which benefit our region’s citizens.

Visit Land of Sky Regional Council

Living Roofs, Inc.

An established expert and leader in their field, Living Roofs Inc. is dedicated to a more colorful and sustainable future through the growth and development of green roofs and living walls.

Visit Living Roofs, Inc.

National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

NEMAC conducts applied environmental research to create tools that address the challenges and opportunities of human interaction with the environment. We integrate data, create visualizations, facilitate understanding, and provide decision support to address the issues that impact our society.


North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System by the State General Assembly in 1986.  It is located on land within the Pisgah National Forest, and has worked toward cultivating connections between people and plants for over 30 years.

Visit the North Carolina Arboretum 

North Carolina Forest Service

The mission of the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) is to protect, manage and promote forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina.

Visit NC Forest Service


RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed.

Visit RiverLink

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

SAHC is engaged with conservation projects in the North Carolina and Tennessee mountain region.

Visit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

The American Chestnut Foundation

The American Chestnut Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to return the iconic American Chestnut to its native range.

Visit The American Chestnut Foundation 

The City of Asheville Office of Sustainability

Asheville’s Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 to integrate sustainable design, technology, and practice into municipal operations, infrastructure and services.

Visit The City of Asheville Office of Sustainability 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior whose objectives are to: assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral responsibility, guide the conservation, development, and management of the nation’s fish and wildlife resources, and administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.

Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Villagers is a local artisan goods, apothecary, and urban homestead supply store. Villagers’ work is dedicated to inspiring and enabling healthy change of our built environment and personal lives, toward a more harmonious, more resilient way of modern living.

Visit Villagers 

WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.

Visit WNC Nature Center

Wild South

Wild South is committed in the area of public lands protection in the Southeast. They inspire everyone to enjoy, value, and protect the amazing wild and natural places that belong to us—the public.

Visit Wild South