Formerly known as the Caldwell Green Commission we continue to strive to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Caldwell County and now serve the citizens of the foothills region.

We were founded by commissioners with a vision for saving tax dollars by finding a more efficient fuel for county vehicles. That vision grew as board members realized the need in our community for awareness of energy issues.

We continue to grow as we find new ways to meet the needs of our citizens. The local food movement is one example of a new initiative for us as we try to raise awareness of the farmers markets across the foothills.

We will continue to offer seminars to teach energy efficiency both to residents and businesses.

Green business certification is a new program assisting businesses weed through all the paperwork to gain recognition for all they do to be green.

Recycling and waste reduction continue to be a priority for us. Last year North Carolinians recycled one million tons of waste and that supported 14,000 North Carolinian jobs.

Sustainable Foothills is fortunate to have a diverse board of directors. Our board of directors is representative of many sectors from a retired chemistry teacher to a private business owner as well as a community college representative.

Sustainable Foothills executive director is Melissa Patton who has a diverse background from small business ownership to federal government service. She manages the program activity and supervises the staff of SF.  Melissa received her B.S. in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University and completed her Masters in Public Administration from Appalachian University.  She is a certified sustainability practitioner.  Melissa attends New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 26 years. She is also the proud mother of three sons and two grandsons.