Asheville, North Carolina. First it was dubbed the Paris of the South and the San Francisco of the East. Then came Beer City, Bee City, and recently it landed on Travel and Leisure’s list of the Top 15 Cities in the U.S.
After all, in the center of downtown Asheville, there are drum circles, art galleries, breweries, world-class eateries, and buskers on every corner – plus views of the nearby mountains – creating an unforgettable vibrancy.
But in the middle of all this is also a facility taking up nearly an entire city block and housing the largest collection of environmental data in the world – think weather, climate, ocean, and coastal, from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun. NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information also boasts more than 300 climate and data scientists (including a handful of Nobel Prize-winners).
And that brings us to perhaps the most important of all monikers given to this mountain metropolis so far: Climate City.
From the presence of NCEI (formerly known as the National Climatic Data Center, and located in Asheville for more than 60 years) has sprung countless climate-related businesses and initiatives. Among those is a physical home for what is becoming known as “climate solutions” – and now recognized as the centerpiece of Climate City – The Collider, a collaboration across public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.
So, what exactly is The Collider?
The Collider is a nonprofit innovation center focused on solutions for the problems of climate change. We bring together a diversity of expertise – business innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists – offering opportunities for strategic “collisions” and a place where ideas can lead to market-driven climate solutions.
With our membership program, cowork space, and an event venue where we can host professional and public educational events, The Collider’s goal is to stimulate a new industry: climate products and services.
We can’t wait to tell you more about The Collider. Keep watching this space!