Asheville Eye Reduces Carbon Foot Print

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Asheville Eye Associates One of the First Regional Healthcare Providers to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Asheville, NC —  You may have seen solar panels dotting the farmland in Hendersonville or  Canton, or glimpsed Biltmore Estate’s solar farm along the south side corridor of I-40.   Parking lot solar canopies greet visitors to Sierra Nevada’s new Mills River state-of-the-art brewery and historical Biltmore Avenue buildings which house popular local restaurants Mellow Mushroom and City Bakery.  But you probably haven’t seen them at your doctor’s office.   That’s about to change.

One area healthcare provider has set its sights on solar energy technology, making Asheville Eye Associates one of the first medical practices in Western North Carolina to embrace solar energy as a way to reduce its carbon footprint on the environment.  The multi-specialty eye care practice recently commissioned installation of a system of photovoltaic (PV) arrays solar panels on its 38,000 square foot office facility located in the Regional Medical Park off Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.

Edward K. Isbey, III, MD said the 13-physician group explored renewable solar technologies as a way to curb fossil fuel- based energy consumption at its main facility.

“We wanted to supplement our heating and cooling system with a more environmentally viable option in an effort to reduce our fossil fuel consumption.  The desire to “go green” and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution led us to investigate renewable energy systems,” he said.  “Global concerns about climate change, and regional air and water quality are issues which affect all of us who live and work in Western North Carolina.  So it makes sense for us to move towards sustainable energy strategies such as solar power as we renovate our facilities.”

“Weaverville-based Sundance Power Systems, a leading solar installer in the Southeastern US, designed and is installing our system.  This project is very appealing to us as a reflection of our values and desire to be good stewards of natural resources for the benefit of our community,” said Isbey III.

Installation began on October 5 for the new rooftop PV American-made SolarWorld module on calibrated customized racking.  The grid-tied system will generate about 20% of the building’s electricity needs per year, and the power produced by the system will be used directly by the building. Installation of the PV array will require approximately three weeks.

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2015 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K-Thanks!

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2015sponsor2 (2) 2015sponsor2 2015sponsor3 2015sponsor4 2015sponsor5 2015sponsor6 2015sponsor7 2015sponsor8 2015sponsor9Thanks Sponsors!  We  are so grateful to  all of our sponsors who made the 2015 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K to benefit  LifeShare of the Carolinas a success, especially our Platinum Sponsor Carolina Day School!  We thank all of these organizations for their generous donations to the 5K for LifeShare to help raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation to help donor families and transplant recipients.  And most of all we thank all of the runners and walkers who turned out to show their support – we had a blast!  Asheville has no shortage of  characteristics to recommend it as a great place to live that are often covered on the “top ten” lists of national publications -beautiful mountain scenery, hiking, biking, tubing, paddling and river sports galore, an eclectic downtown, vibrant artistic community, incredible restaurants, a craft brewery mecca, and great spots to enjoy music or just relax and hang out.    But one quality you don’t read as much about that  makes Asheville a truly enjoyable place to live is the community of people who call Western North Carolina home.  Most weekends you can choose from an amazing number of  fundraiser events and benefits happening to help improve the lives of people in WNC.  Our community is incredibly generous in its desire to give back and do more.   So thanks Asheville!  Check out the video from the event here:

If you want to find out more information about LifeShare, click here

3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1Mile Walk

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BiltmoreBeaconSept32015Check out this article from the September 3, 2015 issue of the Biltmore Beacon about Asheville Eye Associates’ 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk

Online registration is open until midnight on Wednesday, September 23


3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K Sat. Sept.26 for LifeShare!

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5K in Asheville Sept.26 2015

5K in Asheville Sept.26 2015

Sign up now at and help LifeShare, the nonprofit which provides support to donor families and transplant recipients in Western NC and 22 counties in Southwestern NC.  We’re hosting the 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk to raise money and awareness for LifeShare.  LifeShare provides organs and tissues for transplantation and helps communities and hospitals through educational and support services.  Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, Carolina Day School, 1345 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, the location for the start and finish for the 5K which routes through scenic Biltmore Forest. Read more

Asheville Eye Named Best Eye Care Specialist!

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Thanks to readers ofMountain Xpress for voting us Best Eye Care Specialist!  We appreciate you!


Share Hope! Register today!

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Sign up today for Asheville Eye Associates’ 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K will be held Saturday, Sept.26 at 9:00am and support  LifeShare of the Carolinas, the non-profit organization that assists with organ, eye and tissue donation in Western NC.

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Welcome to Asheville Eye Patient Appreciation Week 2015

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welcome to patient appreciationJoin us at our 8 Medical Drive office August 3-7 2015 for our Patient Appreciation Week.  We’ve got cold lemonade or coffee, cookies, apples  and some free and clea giveaways such as lens cleaner as a thank you to our patients.  We’re also raffling a pair of men’s and women’s Charmant sunglasses (tickets $5.00) and selling AEA cookbooks and LifeShare t-shirts with all profits going to our fundraiser, LifeShare of the Carolinas.  Don’t forget the Run the Forest 5K and 1 mile walk is coming up Saturday, Sept.26 in Biltmore Forest so sign up now and join us for this great event to raise awareness and money for organ, eye and tissue donation in WNC.

AEA’s 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K Sept.26

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Our 2015 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk will benefit LifeShare of the Carolinas the nonprofit which helps save lives and vision through organ, eye, and tissue donation.  For more information about LifeShare click here:

Online registration is open at:

Sign up, run or walk, help raise money and awareness and share hope!

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New Artist at Asheville Eye

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Asheville based artist Tebbe Davis is exhibiting some of his contemporary landscapes at our 8 Medical Park Drive office “Eye on the Arts” gallery.

“My process is to create work that reflects the journey, the experience and the expression of life; without judgement, calculation or preconception” he reflects on his work.  “I attempt to be alert to what is happening, what is evolving on the surface while making the painting, allowing the moment to dictate where the work is going.  Mine is an Expressive Process Art, ” he said.

We hope you’ll enjoy this new installation.  To see more of Tebbe’s work, go to

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Nancy Nehls Nelson visiting artist at AEA Eye On The Arts

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Sandy Mush Rhododendrons by Nancy Nehls Nelson

Check out  paintings by local artist Nancy Nehls Nelson in our 8 Medical Park Drive office “Asheville Eye on the Arts” gallery when you’re in for a visit, or you can see her beautiful mountain scenes and lots of other incredible local art by area artists including fiber, pottery, jewelry, pastels and other media at the Weaverville Art Safari this Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3.