As part of Explore Asheville’s strategic pillar “Encourage Safe & Responsible Travel” – which includes a topline objective to encourage partners to embrace sustainable and responsible tourism practices – we are thrilled to have grad student Megan Davis as our Sustainability Intern this summer.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Policy from Oregon State University after growing up in the woods of rural Montana, Megan relocated to Asheville from the Pacific Northwest three years ago. In addition to completing her graduate degree in Sustainability this fall from Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville, she’s working part-time with Explore Asheville, conducting a hotel sustainability audit and researching various sustainability/green hotel accreditation programs. She’s also researching electric vehicle charging stations through the County.

Megan has been visiting Asheville since her youngest started walking, more than 10 years ago. She was drawn by the energetic pull of the rich Appalachian history. Relocating here from the Pacific Northwest three years ago “by fortuitous design,” she says, she says, “Asheville is a perfect culmination of art, homegrown agriculture, local businesses, and recreation that creates a bountiful quality of life I can raise my kids to enjoy.”