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Ken Nelson

President, Asheville Sister Cities

Ken Nelson is serving his second term as President of Asheville Sister Cities Inc. (ASCI), which has been recognized several times with the Best Overall Program Award for the small city category. Asheville currently lists six sister cities including two in Mexico – Valladolid and San Cristóbal de las Casas – and he is excited to present highlights from ASCI’s Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project.  The project links the original Bee City USA with Valladolid, the self-proclaimed “World Capital of Honey”, building on our shared environmental, cultural and commercial interests, and was presented the 2023 SCI Innovation in Arts and Culture Award (small city category).

Besides his involvement with ASCI, Ken is passionately committed to building a sustainable, low-carbon energy future and co-founded and serves as president of Blue Delta Energy, a firm focusing on sustainability finance, and serves on the Boards of the Environmental Markets Association and M-RETS, a Minneapolis-based sustainable energy tracking software company. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Asheville and served on Asheville’s Blue Horizons Project Community Council working on a “100% Renewable Energy Plan” for the city and county.