Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 2, Issue 5

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

Person Street Revitalization

North Person Street District Wins Award & Accolades

The remarkable transformation of the North Person Street Business District, which integrates sustainability concepts of building reuse, economic development and social equity, has garnered local and national attention.

Four years ago, the area just a 5-10 minute walk from downtown Raleigh was mostly boarded-up storefronts and struggling businesses. Under the helm of the Person Street Partnership, it is now a vibrant community attracting new businesses, restaurants and large crowds.

In June, USA Today included North Person Street among its top 10 “up and coming neighborhoods around the country.” Last month the partnership received a 2014 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Public Service from the City of Raleigh.

Nicole Kaufman-Dyess

Welcoming the Nation’s First Engineering State Fellow  

Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability is proud to host Nicole Kaufman-Dyess, the first fellow placed through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nationwide Engineering State Fellowship Initiative. This program seeks to place engineers at state and local governments to provide elected officials with unbiased and nonpartisan advice on issues regarding science and technology.

ASME has sponsored federal fellows for 41 years and expanded its fellowship program in response to the devolution of energy, environment, and economic policy decisions from the federal to state and local governments over the past decade. Part of Kaufman-Dyess’s responsibility includes helping ASME expand the program to all 50 states within five years. Another focus of her work for Raleigh is helping the Office of Sustainability develop its first community-wide Resiliency Plan due in early 2015.

Clean Energy for Raleigh

Bringing Solar to Raleigh

A newly formed organization aims to fast track the adoption of solar power and energy efficiency in Raleigh. Clean Energy for Raleigh, or CE4R, is a local community-based campaign and partnership between Clean Energy for Us and NC Sierra Club Capital Group that wants to reduce barriers that keep people from adopting solar.

CE4R’s select contractors work with qualified homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits to provide free audits and install solar at a discounted price. Enrollment period ends November 4, 2014.

Rooftop Garden

NC State Garden-to-Plate Dining

There is something blooming on the rooftop of NC State University’s On the Oval restaurant and if you are lucky, it may end up on your plate.

Head chefs of the restaurant, located on Centennial Campus planted a rooftop garden earlier this year and are now reaping zucchini, squash, peppers, cucumbers tomatoes, herbs and more. The fresh produce goes straight into dishes prepared and served at On the Oval.  

Sustainable Home

Sustainable Home Raleigh  Offers Tips on Saving Energy & Money

As temperatures drop, utilities bills tend to rise. Sustainable Home Raleigh, a community-focused, education-driven program, offers quick tips homeowners and renters can implement now to conserve energy and money.

The 1-hour presentation includes demonstrations, tips and information on weatherization, energy efficiency, green cleaning, water conservation, recycling and landscaping. Presentations, along with more than $70 worth of supplies, are free to groups of 20 or more adults. To schedule a presentation, contact Paula Stroup at (919) 996-4256 or


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Shaw Recycling Rollout

PHOTO OF THE MONTH Recycling Rollout at Shaw University

When Shaw University students and staff returned to campus for the fall semester, numerous 96-gallon bright blue recycle carts greeted them in buildings and dormitory common areas across campus. Smaller green and blue recycle bins dotted dormitory rooms and administrative offices. In partnership with the City, Shaw University is serving as a pilot site for Raleigh recycling on campuses across the city. Hopefully this will lead to an expanded City program to serve all colleges and universities in Raleigh.

Talking Trash


As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the City’s curbside recycling program, the Solid Waste Services Department launched the “Talking Trash" Book Club. Selected titles will spur discussions on waste-related issues including how foods and fashions impact the environment long after we use them, and who profits and who loses in waste management practices.

“Most importantly,” says book club organizer and community education specialist Bianca Howard, “we’ll consider how waste connects Raleigh residents to communities across the country and throughout the world.” Click here for meeting dates, locations and times.



An energy-smart clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime.




1, 8, 16, 23, 30 - Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

City Plaza on Fayetteville Street

(919) 821-6977

2 - Recycling Center Tour

Sonoco Recycling

Advance Registration Required
(919) 996-6872


4 - Fall Cleanup of Streams, Lakes & Trails

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Umstead Park

River Guardian Foundation
George Mathis


4 - Worm Composting Class

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Eastgate Park
Bianca Howard

15 - "Talking Trash" Book Club Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Halifax Community Center

1023 Halifax St. Raleigh

(919) 996-6872


18 - Beginning Worm Composting

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Bianca Howard



5 - Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

City Plaza on Fayetteville Street

(919) 821-6977

19 - "Talking Trash" Book Club Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Halifax Community Center

1023 Halifax St. Raleigh
(919) 996-6872


City of Raleigh

Office of Sustainability

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