Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 1, Issue 6

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Economic Strength...Environmental Stewardship...Social Equity.


Community Leadership Award

The City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability recently won the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) 2013 Community Leadership award which recognizes any nonprofit or government organization advancing sustainable energy through notable accomplishments, innovative programs or exemplary leadership in North Carolina. The award was presented at the NCSEA Making Energy Work conference held at the Raleigh Convention Center November 5 – 6. 

Environmental Awards

Environmental Awards:
Call for Nominations

Beginning December 2 the City of Raleigh will accept nominations for the 2014 Environmental Awards to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment in the community. Nomination forms will be available on the City’s website or by calling the City at 919-996-3070.

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Short-term City Programs

Grease Collection - Raleigh residents and places of worship can dispose of used cooking oil at no charge by placing it on the curb and calling the City’s Solid Waste Services Dept. at 919-996-6890 to arrange for pick-up. Grease collection ends Jan. 15.

Toilet Rebate Program ends on January 1. Initiated in 2009, the program provided residents a $100 rebate for each toilet that was replaced with a high-efficiency, WaterSense-labeled toilet.  All toilet rebate applications postmarked before January 1, 2014 will be honored as long as program funding is available.

Seasonal Leaf Collection is underway now through February 7.  Check the Leaf Collection Calendar to determine your collection week. Citizens who receive loose leaf collection can also have their leaves picked up year-round on their scheduled yard waste collection day.

Greener Holidays

Greener Holidays

Consumer waste increases at an alarming rate during the holiday season. Learn tips to reduce and manage waste, shop green (select sustainable plants, products and gifts), and manage energy consumption.

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First Net-Positive U.S. School

Sandy Grove School

Sandy Grove Middle School in Hoke County, NC is the first net-positive school in the nation, returning more energy than it consumes. Large solar panels sit outside the school as well as cover the roof, saving energy and money. The school will save nearly $35 million over the next 40 years, $16 million in energy costs alone.  

If you have a photo showing sustainability in action and would like it considered for our Photo of the Month, include a brief story and email it to 


Alternative Fueling
Station Locator

Alt Fuels Locator App

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to expand access to data and give consumers more transportation options that save money at the pump, the Energy Department today launched a new mobile app to help drivers find stations that provide alternative fuel for vehicles.


DHIC Receives "Green" Designation


DHIC, Inc. in Raleigh has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. To achieve this designation, DHIC was required to demonstrate adherence to a set of green business practices across its operations and all of its program areas.


Sustainability Reminder

Remove excess weight from your car – Periodically clean out your car. It doesn’t take much to add extra weight, and the more weight your vehicle has to move, the more fuel it burns.


City of Raleigh
Office of Sustainability
222 West Hargett Street #307
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-3070