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Sierra Club Sept. 6: “Electric Vehicles: Local Movement, Global Impact”

September 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join Wenoca Group Sierra Club for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 6, when Pana Columbus and Dave Erb will present an optimistic, achievable vision of first steps toward transforming transportation in western North Carolina and beyond. This event is free and open to the public.

Many of the world’s most challenging problems are strongly rooted in the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels, especially oil. For several years, though, solutions to the petroleum problem have been widely available, at reasonable prices. The primary hurdles now are societal inertia and disinformation.

Pana Columbus is a writer, director, and producer of theater and film. Her film production company, Mystic Blue Films, was founded in 2013 to “foster collaboration and catalyze transformation for the common good.” Her current project, the feature film “The Apple and The Radish”, will be shot in the greater Asheville area. The purpose of the movie, co-produced by singer/producer Kat Williams, is to help catalyze an electric car movement in response to our current environmental/social justice crisis.

In a 36-year career as an automotive engineer, “Professor Plug-In” Dave Erb has developed vehicles using gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, alcohol, electric, and (since 1986) hybrid electric powertrains. A public transit advocate, he served on the Asheville Transit Committee until reaching the term limit. He is a former chair of Wenoca Group’s Executive Committee. Dave and his wife Beth live in a net-zero house (which also powers their electric car) on a small lot within walking distance of UNC Asheville, where he teaches Mechatronics Engineering.

Also, plan to celebrate National Drive Electric Week at the Asheville Outlets mall, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. For more information, visit and

For more information, contact Judy Mattox,, (828) 683-2716


September 6, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Pl
Asheville, NC 28801 United States