Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 3, Issue 2

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

Environmental Awards

You're Invited: Celebrate Environmental Winners

The City of Raleigh recognizes its Environmental Awards winners each Earth Day, April 22. Join us for the 8th annual event, 6 – 9 p.m. at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, for the reception and ceremony, including the first-ever M&I Homes Urban Agriculture grant awardees and keynote speaker Michael Tiemann, Red Hat vice president of open source affairs. No need to RSVP.

Earth Month Engagement

Take the Pledge to Conserve

April is Earth month, the perfect time to teach elementary school-age children about conservation, environmental issues and energy efficiency as it applies to their everyday world. Tools that empower and challenge young people, such as the Conservation Pledge and the Planet Earth Word Search, help them understand how activities and choices impact our limited resources.

Stormwater Excellence Award

Stormwater Program Recognized for Excellence

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recognized the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division’s Sedimentation and Erosion control program as its Large Program Award winner for a second time. A key feature is the innovative organization of inspection duties. The City is divided into two sections, each with a team of 3-4 inspectors, and staff rotation ensures a site will not have the same inspector throughout the life of the project. This results in consistency and fairness and a higher level of customer service since multiple inspectors can answer questions about onsite issues. Staff with expertise to identify and address impacts is especially important as an area subject to state riparian buffer rules, and ultimately results in a more well-rounded program. 

Downtown Raleigh

State of Downtown: Raleigh

Learn more about Raleigh's central business district’s economic future at the State of Downtown event April 30. A dynamic place to live with an unmatched variety of amenities, downtown is a valuable asset stemming from a tax valuation in the billions that provide surplus revenues for Raleigh and Wake County. Imprint Awards will also be given to new construction and rehabilitation projects completed in 2014 significantly contributing to the identity of downtown Raleigh.

Digital Connectors

Digital Inclusion Survey

Raleigh is embarking on a months-long effort to collect information about residents’ access to technology and how they use it. Finding out what people need from a municipal IT department is part of a larger four-year effort to become more community-focused and fill in digital gaps. The survey will collect demographic information as well as information about digital habits, and will help the City create targeted programs to respond to residents' needs.


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Sidewalk Petition Program


Got Sidewalk?

It’s spring, time to be outside, and the City of Raleigh wants to make it easier to walk your neighborhood. If a sidewalk is missing you can initiate construction through the petition process; in most cases there are no costs for residential property owners.

Smart Commute GoPerks

Smart Commute with GoPerks

GoPerks, a recently launched incentives based program, rewards smart commuters – those who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or ride the bus to and from work. GoPerks is part of the free employer services provided through GoTriangle in an effort to reduce traffic, help employees save money and improve the environment and quality of life. Participants track their commutes and qualify to win incentives such as discounts and gift cards to local restaurants and retailers.



According to the EPA, on a hot summer day, the surface temperature of a green roof can be cooler than ambient air while the surface of a conventional rooftop can be up to 90°F hotter.




3 - City Holiday

15 - UDC Talks: Warehouse Redesign

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

City of Raleigh Museum


18 - It's My Park & Trail Day

Volunteer Clean-up


22 - Earth Fair on the Brickyard

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NC State University


22 - City of Raleigh 8th Annual Environmental Awards

6 p.m. Reception

7:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

(919) 996-3070



20 - UDC Talks: Filling in the Gaps: Redevelopment and Rehab of Historic Raleigh

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

City of Raleigh Museum

25 - City Holiday


City of Raleigh
Office of Sustainability

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