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Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

Maggie Ullman takes an ecological approach to bureaucracy. “Everyone complains about silos in government , but it’s just like talking about monocropping,” she says. “If we cross-pollinate more and have richer diversity of thought and experience, we are going to have a more vibrant ecosystem.” Ullman, 28, manages the office of sustainability in Asheville, N.C., a progressive city of 85,000 in the southern Appalachians. For episode 3 of Knope and Change , a series about the women working to make our cities more sustainable, I caught up with Ullman to chat about small-city government, groggy chickens, and what Coca Cola can teach us about getting people to go green. Q. Your Twitter bio says, “I think government can be cool. I think sustainability is cooler. I think sustainable government is coolest.” A. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I really believe in the democracy of loca...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/southern-sustainability-asheville...

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