Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.

Sustainable Foothills assists businesses in finding ways to cut waste and increase profits. Energy efficiency is the first step in making a business sustainable and we provide the resources to help a business cut costs in their energy use.

Sustainable Foothills offers a green certification for business that can be tailored per business. This certification comes from the NC Department of Travel and Tourism which gives companies an opportunity to be listed on their website as well as Trip Advisor.

Sustainable Foothills offers business incubation and support services to accelerate the development of startup entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina.

Sustainable Foothills acts as a resource to local business in grant assistance, green project consultation and as a green business recruiting center.

Sustainable Foothills offers seminars such as energy efficiency, commercial recycling, water issues, and much more.