WNC Alliance offering exclusive tour to highlight clean energy, sustainability initiatives at Biltmore Estate


The Biltmore Estate/photo by Jason Sandford

Press release here:

The Western North Carolina Alliance is offering an exclusive tour of the Biltmore Estate on March 15 that will showcase Biltmore’s clean energy and sustainability initiatives, as well as provide an opportunity to tour the house, grounds and Antler Village.

This tour has limited spaces available and is not open to the general public.

Since George Vanderbilt began the construction of his home in North Carolina, the family has shown leadership in environmental stewardship and conservation. The Biltmore Estate’s daily operations feature several sustainable and clean energy practices, such as using solar power; seeding of grass to create field borders to prevent fertilizer runoff into creeks and rivers; planting a 60-acre canola field whose seeds will be harvested and pressed into a food-grade cooking oil; and using vegetable oil from Biltmore restaurants as biodiesel fuel for powering equipment used on the estate.

Unlike other visits to Biltmore, this one offers an opportunity to tour the grounds with Ted Katsigianis, vice president of agricultural and environmental sciences of Biltmore Estate Limited. He will share information on the Canola Fields and Solar Panel projects with the group, while on a riding tour of these areas.

Cost for this custom tour is:

·        $40 for WNCA members

·        $20 for WNCA members who are Biltmore Estate Year Pass-Holders

·        $35 for those who are not WNCA members, but who are Biltmore Estate Year Pass-Holders

·        $55 for those who are not WNCA members (this cost entitles participants to a one-year WNCA membership)

To register, email WNCA Outings and Education Coordinator Isabelle Rios at Isabelle@wnca.org or complete the registration form at this link:http://wnca.org/march-15-clean-energy-tour-of-the-biltmore-estate/