Asheville, NC (October 20, 2006)- Quality Forward began in l974 as Quality 76 to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial in l976. Once the Bicentennial was over in l977, the volunteers just couldn’t let a good thing go away and they kept the program going as Quality Forward with a small staff and very little budget.
The office was housed at Asheville Savings Bank (then Asheville Federal) on Church Street and later moved across the street to l2 l/2 and stayed on Church Street until l997 when it moved to 29 Page Avenue. In l987 Quality Forward became affiliated with the national Keep America Beautiful organization in order to benefit from the expertise of other similar organizations across the country. For 23 years Asheville has been designated a Tree City USA, applied for by Quality Forward.
Quality Forward’s goals are to enhance the environment and quality of life for citizens in Asheville and Buncombe County through awareness building, community activities and partnership; promote anti-litter, waste reduction and planting efforts through grassroots activities, school programs, public awareness and public policy; and to educate our fellow citizens about environmental issues, value of urban trees and other quality of life issues.
For more information, visit Quality Forward.