Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 1, Issue 1

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


2013 Sustainability Report

The Office of Sustainability is charged with the responsibility to create an organizational environment where each City departmental operation, investment and initiative incorporates the City’s commitment to building a Sustainable 21st Century City of Innovation. The focus over the last four years has been to identify, test, evaluate and implement innovative technologies, policies, programs, strategies, partnerships and financing approaches using pilot and demonstration projects and grants to improve the City’s internal operations. The 2013 Sustainability Report gives an overview of those activities and outcomes.

Mayor McFarlane Uses BigBelly

BigBelly, Big Savings

The City of Raleigh's BigBelly Solar waste and recycling collection system pilot project, part of the Clean is Green Raleigh campaign, includes nearly 50 dual stations installed throughout the City. The first 20 units were installed in Downtown Raleigh's Glenwood South district. The BigBelly video short tells how we’re turning trash into treasure.

Roadmap to Raleigh's Energy Future

A Roadmap to Raleigh's
Energy Future

The City is seeking to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, building energy systems that can support economic and social development goals while lowering emissions of local pollutants and climate-altering greenhouse gases. The Roadmap to Raleigh’s Energy Future focuses on the creation and adoption of an integrated action plan for implementing projects and for developing programs, capacity and capital to institutionalize these values, goals and processes.

EV Viewlet

EV Charging Station Viewlet

Between November 2010 and December 2011 the City of Raleigh installed 29 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations: 18 public and 11 fleet. The public charging stations allow EV drivers to "top off" the vehicle battery while conducting business nearby; full EV charging is typically done at home. The EV Charging Station viewlet allows the City and public to monitor and view usage of the EV charging stations in real time. This technology will help the City understand how they are used to better develop areas with more use.

Sustainable Raleigh Map

Sustainable Raleigh Map

The Sustainable Raleigh Map highlights the numerous initiatives related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental conservation, and sustainability throughout the city.

Map projects include solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, rainwater harvesting, geothermal, light emitting diodes (LEDs), green roofs, electric vehicle charging stations, methane recovery, and buy NC 10% businesses.

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There's an APP for that...

Raleigh's leadership role in the field of sustainability is now captured in the App Store. JouleBug, a mobile smartphone application that makes it simple and fun to act more sustainably, created the Sustainable Raleigh badge.

Users earn points, pins and badges by using the JouleBug app to learn new ways and track existing habits for improving their sustainable behavior. Users can compete with friends from Facebook and Twitter. Points and pins are tracked and posted through the JouleBug Leaderboard.

Currently available for iPhone and iPad only, JouleBug will release an Android-compatible version this spring.

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The City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability is pleased to introduce this bimonthly newsletter. Our goal is to keep you informed of the City's sustainability initiatives and projects. We hope you enjoy this newsletter, click the links to learn more, and forward it to others who may be interested. To receive future issues, sign up for Sustainable Raleigh through MyRaleigh subscriptions.

Environmental Awards

City of Raleigh
Environmental Awards

The public is invited to the City of Raleigh's 6th annual Environmental Awards celebration on Monday, April 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. after a reception at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the new Nature Research Center wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The program recognizes individuals and organizations demonstrating a commitment to the environment in our community.

Awards are given in 12 categories. The winners are selected based upon quantifiable results positively affecting the environment. Nomination deadline is February 15, 2013. Contact Cindy Holmes at (919) 996-4285 or for more information.

Sustainable Home Program

Sustainable Home Raleigh Program

This outreach and education-driven program provides low-cost, easy-to-use tips to Raleigh residents to help them save energy, reduce utility bills and conserve resources. It is available to both homeowners and renters.

Sustainable Raleigh staff attend community and neighborhood meetings to deliver the 45-minute presentation along with free supplies. Visit Sustainable Home Raleigh Program for details and to schedule a workshop for a group of 20 or more adults.




15 - Environmental Awards Applications Deadline


13 - Celebration of Plug-In Electric Vehicles in NC
Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh

22-24 - Redress Raleigh Eco-Fashion & Textiles Conference
Raleigh Marriott City Center


22 - City of Raleigh Annual Environmental Awards
NC Museum of Natural Sciences,
Nature Research Center
6 to 8 p.m.


City of Raleigh
Office of Sustainability
222 West Hargett Street #302
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-3840