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[July 2018]Part open house, part pitch session, Discovery Day is an opportunity to learn exactly how companies at The Collider are using data to address one of humanity’s greatest challenges – climate change. The Collider’s inaugural Discovery Day features climate data scientists and entrepreneurs, and the innovative products they are developing right here in Asheville, home to the world’s largest collection of weather and climate data. (Read here.)

♦ Collider Announces Conference on Climate Risks and Opportunities for the Food and Beverage Industry

[June 2018] – The Collider, an innovation ecosystem for climate entrepreneurship, announced the launch of [Food + Beverage] Collider, an industry conference that convenes business leaders, data-driven entrepreneurs, and climate scientists to explore climate risks, opportunities and solutions across the business value chain. The conference will be held October 23-24, 2018, at The Collider in Asheville, NC. Early bird tickets are $399 for conference attendees who register on or before August 17, 2018. (Read here.)

♦ Asheville company becomes the largest for-profit headquartered at The Collider

[March 2018]: Asheville-based Infrastructure Services Group LLC, a company that uses the most up-to-date technology to inspect and repair part of the 1.6 million miles of underground water and wastewater pipelines and associated manholes in the U.S., announces the acquisition of companies that makes ISG the largest for-profit company with its corporate headquarters at The Collider.

♦Asheville Art Museum Presents a Lecture on Intersection of Art + Science

[February 2018]: In collaboration with The Collider and Contemporaneo Asheville, the Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present a lecture by artist Anrika Rupp on February 20 at 6:30 p.m. titled Art, the Scientific Method, and the Aesthetics of the Real. The lecture takes place at The Collider and will be followed by an artist reception at Contemporaneo Asheville. (Read here.)

♦Collider member is recipient of international climate business award for technology

[February 2018]: StatWeather has been recognized for excellence by Climate Change Business Journal. (Read here.)

♦Collider members to release inaugural 2018 Allergy and Asthma Projection Report on Feb. 1

[January 2018]: Allergy & asthma sufferers get help with new Collider member collaboration. (Read here.)

♦February Science Pub features lecture from scientist assigned to oil spill cleanup

[January 2018]: The next Science Pub sponsored by Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider is Feb. 16. (Read here.)

New North Carolina conference poised to remake Asheville as Climate City, U.S.A.

[January 2018]: As North Carolina’s first climate services conference this spring draws near, the host community’s reputation as Beer City is facing a friendly threat from the researchers and entrepreneurs determined to remake Asheville as Climate City. (Read here.)

♦ Science Pub: “The Science of Cat Behavior”

[January 2018]: The Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider present the next installment of the Science Pub, a free Friday night guest speaker series, taking place on Jan 19 with speaker Dr. Anne Symonds, expert in feline behavior. (Read here.)


♦ First-of-its-kind North Carolina conference addresses business challenges and opportunities posed by climate change

[December 2017]: Business leaders, entrepreneurs, and scientists from across the country will converge this March on Western North Carolina at ClimateCon, a new conference focused on the business challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, spearheaded by The Collider. (Read the press release here.)

An Extra Spirited Science Pub for December – The Science of Wine with a Focus on Muscadines

[November 2017]: Asheville Museum of Science with The Collider present the monthly free public lecture on December 15 with Chuck Blethen, owner of Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, and author of ‘The Wine Etiquette Guide.” (Read the press release here.)

♦ Before the Flood documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio to be screened on Nov. 28 as part of climate and environment movie series at The Collider

[November 2017]: Goal of film is for viewers to be “informed and inspired to take action, to stand up and do their part to act as stewards for our shared planet,” says DiCaprio, an Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace. (Read the press release here.)

♦ Rolling Stone editor and author of “The Water Will Come” makes a stop at The Collider on Nov. 14; interviews available

[November 2017]: Across the globe, sea levels are rising, with higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places people live. In the wake of recent hurricanes, flooding, and Asheville experiencing its second-wettest October on record, The Collider presents a free public event on Nov. 14 related to water and climate change. (Read the media advisory here.)

♦ From Africa to Asheville: Consulting firm establishes USA headquarters at The Collider for work on intractable problems

[October 2017]: New Collider member, Wasafiri Consulting, presents event on Nov. 3, “Leadership for Intractable Problems: Lessons from Navigating Complex Change in Africa.” (Read the press release here.)

♦ Program to address the role of architects in designing buildings to meet the challenges of climate change

[October 2017]: “Climate Adaptive Design: Building Science Meets Climate Science” takes place Nov. 3 at The Collider, with a public lecture the evening before and an optional sustainability tour of New Belgium Brewery immediately following the daylong symposium. (Read the press release here.)

♦ The Collider addresses climate change and chocolate at Oct. 24 movie night presented by Oskar Blues

[October 2017]: Just in time for Halloween, “A Future Without Chocolate? Terrifying!” includes chocolate tastings, discussions with a climate scientist, and film clips from an upcoming documentary on chocolate. (Read the press release here.)

♦ Release of “The Water Will Come” by Jeff Goodell is Oct. 24

[October 2017]: Little, Brown and Company announces the release of THE WATER WILL COME by Jeff Goodell. Goodell will be at The Collider on Nov. 14 as part of his book launch. (Read THE WATER WILL COME Publisher’s Press Release here.)

♦Challenges of Preserving Biodiversity on a Crowded Planet Is Focus of The Collider’s Next Monthly Movie Night

[September 2017]: “Wild Ways: Corridors of Life” to be screened on Sept. 26 in partnership with National Parks Conservation Association as part of Oskar Blues Presents Movie Night at The Collider. (Read the press release here.)

♦Renowned Climate Change Author, CNN Columnist to Speak in Asheville

[September 2017]: Author Dr. Katharine Wilkinson and CNN columnist John Sutter will be the featured speakers at Earth Equity Advisors’ fourth annual lecture series on October 3 at The Collider. (Read the press release here.)

♦Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider announce fall lineup of Science Pub speakers

[September 2017]: Free science lecture series continues on Sept. 15 as Asheville Museum of Science partners with The Collider to host speakers ranging from climate science to the science of wine. (Read the press release here.)

♦ N.C. premiere of internationally acclaimed environmental documentary on Sept. 9 to benefit The Collider’s internship program

[August 2017]: Award-winning scientist and filmmaker Jennifer Galvin will attend the Asheville screening of “The Memory of Fish,” the story of an “accidental environmentalist” whose efforts resulted in the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history. The event is a benefit for the Thomas R. Karl Internship Program, created to develop the next generation of climate solution leaders, and part of Asheville Entrepreneurship Week. (Read the press release here.)

♦ Workshop to address real estate investing and threats posed by severe weather and climate change

[August 2017]: Collider member Doug Bruggeman, Ph.D., founder of Ecological Services and Markets, and a Realtor with Keller Williams, will conduct the class specifically designed for Realtors. (Read the press release here.)

♦ Asheville Art Museum and The Collider partner to offer screening of ‘Earthcaster’ documentary

[August 2017]: A documentary about artist Thomas Sayre, showcasing a blend of art and science, is the featured offering for the Aug. 29 edition of The Collider’s environmental film series presented by Oscar Blues. (Read the press release here.)

♦ August Science Pub focuses on ‘Species Conservation’

[August 2017]: Free public lecture on Aug. 25 at The Collider features executive director of the WNC Nature Center and Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) board member Chris Gentile. (Read the press release here.)

♦ ‘The Collider Day’ at Diamond Brand Outdoors

[August 2017]: Shop ’til you drop at Diamond Brand Outdoors on Aug. 15, where 10 percent of sales will benefit The Collider. Event takes place at outdoor retailer’s flagship store on Hendersonville Rd., in south Asheville. (Read the press release here.)

♦ New film series from Dayna Reggero premieres at The Collider

[July 2017]:  “The Story We Want” documentary film series, which premieres July 25 at The Collider, follows Dayna Reggero and the Climate Listening Project as they travel across America with Moms Clean Air Force to meet with women who are working together to protect their families and communities— confronting fossil fuel industries, climate change impacts, and a culture of extraction. (Read the press release here.)

♦ Event at The Collider prepares attendees for the Carolina Total Eclipse and the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival

[July 2017]: Free Asheville Museum of Science and Collider lecture series explores the phenomenon of solar eclipses and offers a preview of the upcoming Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival on Aug. 21. (Read the press release here.)

♦ New group art show ‘Clouds’ held at Posana in partnership with The Collider

[June 2017]: A new art show debuts with a public reception on July 27 at Posana Restaurant in which 18 regional artists display their works related to “Clouds.” (Read the press release here.)

♦ Free public lecture on June 23rd with former art director of National Geographic, Charles Floyd; co-sponsored by The Collider

[June 2017]: The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and The Collider announce their next co-hosted installment of the Science Pub, a free Friday night guest speaker series. “At The Interface” will be presented by Charles Floyd, former Art Director at National Geographic. (Read the press release here.)

♦ The Collider’s monthly climate and environmental film series continues with another nature documentary; part of Asheville’s ‘Pollination Celebration!’ month

[June 2017]: The Collider’s monthly movie night featuring films related to climate change and the environment, continues Tuesday, June 27, with a screening of “Flight of the Butterflies,” part of National Pollinator Month. (Read the press release here.)

♦ More than 250 gather to celebrate pro-conservation North Carolina leaders, including Collider founder

[May 2017]: The Collider’s founder Mack Pearsall was recently presented with The Green Tie Catalyst award from the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters.  (Read the press release from NCLCV here.)

♦ Free Monthly Climate Change Film Series Honors Start of Pollinator Month May 30 at The Collider

[May 2017]: Bee City USA, Oskar Blues Brewery, and The Collider team up to present DisneyNature’s “Wings of Life” May 30 at The Collider. This free, family-friendly event kicks off National Pollinator Month and is open to the public. (Read more here.)

♦ Astrophysics in Asheville: Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

[May 2017]: Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks June 13, 2017 to an Asheville audience about science in popular culture in movies. The Collider is one of the sponsoring partners hosting this event.  (Read more here.)

♦ Darby Communications Announces Selections for Stand Up Initiative

[April 2017]:  Asheville PR Boutique Darby Communications chose to offer pro bono PR-related services to four organizations making significant positive impacts on the environment, including The Collider. (Read more here.) 

♦ Businesses connect with Climate Change at Collider event in Cambridge, Mass.

[April 2017]: This emerging climate services industry is the subject of a one-hour coffee and conversations event, “Let’s Connect Climate Change with Business Opportunity,” Monday, April 24, at 2 p.m. (Read more here.) 

♦ Scientists, Engineers, and Science Enthusiasts Ready to March in Support of Science on April 22 in Asheville

[March 2017]: Local March for Science will be preceded on April 11 by a free talk at The Collider on ‘What is Science?’ with speaker Dr. Tom Peterson, president of the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Climatology. (Read more here.) 

♦ ‘Struck by Nature’: The Collider Hosts Exhibition by N.C. Environmental Artist

[March 2017]: Public reception and talk with the fine arts artist Marjorie Pierson will take place April 7, coinciding with the first downtown Asheville art walk of 2017, and include a book-signing. (Read more here.)

♦ Free Monthly Climate Change Film Series Continues March 28 at The Collider

[March 2017]: The Collider’s monthly movie night, presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring films related to climate change and the environment, continues on Tuesday, March 28, at the nonprofit innovation center in downtown Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ Collider Celebrates 1-year Birthday with Fundraiser on March 18

[March 2017]: Event includes recognition of The Collider’s “founding philanthropist” by Asheville mayor, presenting proclamation of “Mack Pearsall Day.” (Read more here.)

♦ UNITE WNC Summit Promises to Energize Our Economic Future

[February 2017]: On March 31 to April 1 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, the UNITE WNC Summit ( attendees will create a roadmap for the digital future of Western North Carolina. The Collider is a co-sponsor. (Read more here.)

♦ Free Monthly Film Series Continues in February at The Collider

[February 2017]: The Collider continues screening two episodes of the award-winning series “Years of Living Dangerously” on Feb. 28. Co-sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery, this event is family-friendly and open to the public.  (Read more here.)

♦ Monthly Film Series Launches At The Collider Focused On The Environment And Climate Change

[January 2017]: The Collider announces a new family-friendly event starting Jan. 31, open to the public and co-sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery. Two episodes of the award-winning series, ” Years of Living Dangerously,” will be screened each month. (Read more here.)

♦ Beer City Science Pub Explores the Science of Dog Behavior

[January 2017]: Free public lecture on Jan. 27 explores game-changing scientific insights into dog behavior for dog owners and our greater dog-friendly community; event is part of the Beer City Science Pub speaker series. (Read more here.)

♦ Neil deGrasse Tyson Comes to Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on June 13

[January 2017]: Astrophysicist and New York Times bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson will give a science talk in Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. (Read more here.)


♦ Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider announce the next installment of Beer City Science Pub

[November 2016]: The next Beer City Science Pub is Dec. 16 and focuses on the value of WNC’s food system, with UNC Asheville economics professor Leah Greden Mathews, Ph.D, and free beer from Burial Brewing Company. (Read more here.)

♦ The Collider Leads Global Discussion on Turning Climate Risks into Business Opportunities

[November 2016]: While the American public continues to focus on the election, leaders from around the world are gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco to discuss the way forward on climate change; among those, the CEO of The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ Two days of events focus on the role of architects in addressing challenges of climate change

[October 2016]: “Climate Adaptive Design: Building Science Meets Climate Science” takes place Nov. 4 at The Collider, sponsored for the second year by The American Institute of Architects – Asheville, with additional events on Nov. 3. (Read more here.)

♦ InnovateNC Site Visit in Asheville

[October 2016]: Through InnovateNC, Asheville aims to strengthen the region’s emerging innovation ecosystem in the climate services. Attending this 2-day event will be representatives of the other four InnovateNC communities from across the state. (Read more here.)

♦ Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider team up for Beer City Science Pub Fall Line-Up

[October 2016]: Local science and local beer collide as AMOS and The Collider provide Friday night science programming to the community. The first of the fall series is Oct. 28 with a session on climate and health. (Read more here.)

♦ DIY Tourism Marketing Conference Launches in Asheville (member press release)

[October 2016]: Magellan Strategy Group and Collider member JB Media Institute have partnered to host the area’s first Internet marketing conference for tourism professionals. Share Your Story: A DIY Tourism Marketing Conference will be held at The Collider in downtown Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ World Climate Week: An Invitation To Build Awareness about Climate Action (member press release)

[September 15, 2016]: People worldwide will join together for World Climate Week, October 9-16, to build awareness about climate action. Collider member Climate Interactive invites the public to join in. (Read more here.)

♦ Physician-author to speak on climate change and personal health at The Collider on Sept. 26

[September 8, 2016]: Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, author of the book, Heath Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet, will speak at a free lecture on health and climate change at The Collider, sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and MAHEC. (Read more here.)

♦ President of Cradle to Cradle Institute to speak at The Collider on Sept. 20

[September 1, 2016]: Renowned sustainability leader and president of the Cradle to Cradle Institute Lewis Perkins will be the featured speaker in a free lecture at The Collider sponsored by Krull & Company. (Read more here.)

♦ Members of The Collider collaborate to develop new tool in fight against Zika (member press release)

[August 2016]: Two businesses located at The Collider have developed a new tool in the fight against the Zika virus,, which pinpoints where recent ecological conditions favor the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector of the Zika virus. (Read more and view video here.)

♦ Beer City Science Pub at The Collider focuses on climate scientist’s role in locating Amelia Earhart aircraft

[July 2016]: The mystery of Amelia Earhart and her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean nearly 80 years ago continues. This free event on Aug.5 with beer from Hi-Wire Brewing and held in collaboration with Asheville Museum of Science features a climate scientist from The Collider speaking on his role as part of an expedition to find the plane. (Read more here.)

♦ Acclimatise CEO speaks at opening plenary of largest ever climate change adaptation conference (member press release)

[May 2016]: Acclimatise CEO John Firth today appeared as part of the panel of experts at the opening plenary of the 2016 Adaptation Futures Conference. (Read more here.)

♦ The Collider Celebrates Official Launch with Keynote Address from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

[March 2016]: The next-generation innovation space for “strategic collisions” between business and climate science launches with an event attended by 230 elected and appointed officials, climate industry scientists and professionals, business and civic leaders, and innovators and entrepreneurs. (Read more here.)

♦ On Heels of NOAA Climate Report, The Collider Readies to Fast-Track an Emerging Climate Resilient Economy

[January 2016]: The Collider’s opening in February comes on the heels of the NOAA State of the Climate report revealing that 2015 was the second hottest year on record, with 10 extreme weather and climate events. (Read more here.)

♦ New North Carolina Initiative Answers Obama’s Challenge for Private Investment in Climate Action

[January 2016]: In his State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to climate action. The Collider stands ready to answer the President’s challenge. (Read more here.)

♦ Attending the 2016 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (partner press release)

[January 2016]: Several scientists from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information are presenting at the 2016 American Meteorological Society annual meeting. (The Collider is there as well, as are others in the climate sciences industry.)   (Read more here.)


♦ Following Climate Conference In Paris, New Initiative In ‘Climate City’ Aims To Create Jobs Around Climate Science

[December 2015]: As world leaders gathered in Paris earlier this month to address climate change, the head of a North Carolina not-for-profit in Asheville – what is quickly becoming known as “Climate City” – was watching closely. (Read more here.)

♦ Climate Sciences Business & Event Center Receives Award From Tourism Product Development Fund

[December 2015]: Even before opening, The Collider in downtown Asheville is already attracting “business tourism” with recent symposium on climate change attended by architects from across the state and beyond. (Read more here.)

♦ Tourism Awards Nearly $3.9 Million to Community Projects (partner press release)

[October 2015]: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority awarded six community projects $3.9 million in funding, including The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ The Collider presents ‘Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast:  Designing to New Executive Orders on Climate Adaptation’

[September 2015]: Architects, building design professionals and other interested professionals are invited to register now for an educational program offering an understanding of the latest on climate science and opportunities to reduce vulnerability through mitigation and adaptation. (Read press release here) (Go to event page here)

♦ The Collider, initiative to grow businesses in the climate sciences industry, announces new leadership team

[August 2015]: An expert known internationally in the development of science research parks is named new CEO of The Collider, opening in early 2016 in Asheville; new executive director also appointed. (Read more here.)

♦ U.S. Climate Organization Selects Asheville for National Office (partner press release)

[August 2015]: The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) announces it will locate the organization’s headquarters and first full-time executive director in Asheville. The presence of The Collider is one of several factors attracting AASC to Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ Coming Soon: National Centers for Environmental Information (partner press release)

[April 2015]: NOAA’s former three data centers have merged into the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), located in downtown Asheville down the street from The Collider. (Read more here.)


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