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Working Towards a Greener DA5

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Downtown After 5, presented by Harmony Motors, is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. That’s why we work with local partners to reduce our power consumption, encourage multi-model transportation, increase composting and recycling, and decrease waste.

Sundance Power Systems sets up a solar array at each event and it feeds power into the grid throughout the day. This helps us balance the extra power we need for sound and lighting.

We also partner with Asheville On Bikes to offer a complimentary bike corral, so attendees who ride their bikes can rest assured they’re kept safe. Cyclists also enjoy the benefit of being able to park their “ride” nearby.

We also require all vendors to use compostable food and beverage containers, and staff the recycling and compost bins to ensure waste makes it into the proper bin. Since implementing its greening initiative, the event has reduced the number of bags headed to the landfill to just a handful.

New this year, the ADA is partnering with West Carolina Water Treatment to offer complimentary filtered and chilled water. Festival attendees will be able to fill up their water bottles for free, helping reduce the number of plastic water bottles at the event.

Green Machines ATMs will be back on site offering ATM service to attendees. Green Machines donates a portion of the service fee to support the programs of the Asheville Downtown Association.

Downtown After 5 is sponsored by: Harmony Motors featuring Volkswagen of Asheville, Audi Asheville and Porsche of Asheville; Budweiser of Asheville; Sierra Nevada; Pisgah Brewing; Sweetwater Brewing; 98.1 The River; Rock 105.1; 105.9 The Mountain; Star 104.3; Asheville Regional Airport; Asheville Scene; The Laurel of Asheville; WNCW; Renaissance Asheville Hotel; Sound Mind Creative; Go Mini’s, Sundance Power Systems; Lexington Avenue Brewery; West Carolina Water Treatment; Asheville Ale Trail; The Orange Peel; Strada Italiano; Chop House; Asheville Color & Imaging; WLOS and Able Rent-a-John.

Downtown After 5 is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district.

More information about Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at www.ashevilledowntown.org or by following through social media including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AshevilleDowntownAssociation) and Twitter (@AVLDowntown).