Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 1, Issue 3

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

Lacy Elementary

Environmental Education

Conservation and environmental education must include young people in order to have a long-lasting impact; today’s children will make decisions shaping the health and well-being of the planet and the future.

Sustainable Raleigh recently spoke to a Cub Scout group and spent a morning with Lacy Elementary 1st graders at their Earth Day 2013 event. The goal is to get youth thinking and empower them with tools they can use every day to make a difference; go to Sustainable Raleigh Education, Outreach and Resources to learn more.

NC Museum Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day

As part of Public Engagement efforts, the City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability participated in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' annual Earth Day celebration on April 20, 2013.

RESA Award

2013 Environmental Awards Reward Local Leaders

The City of Raleigh recognized local individuals and organizations committed to preserving and improving the environment at its 6th annual Environmental Awards celebration on April 22. Winners received awards in 11 categories, as well as the Donna Jackson Trailblazer Awards and the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards. More than 250 people attended the event in the Nature Resource Center wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.  

Many thanks to our Platinum, Gold and Silver Environmental Awards Sponsors: Duke Energy, M/I Homes, Sonoco Recycling, Brown and Caldwell, City of Raleigh Public Utilities, Hazen and Sawyer, Larry's Beans, Rufty Homes, Ajinomoto, Arcadis, Comma, Kimbap and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Propane Tank Installed

Award-Winning Technology Solutions Projects

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) recently selected Raleigh's Office of Sustainability for six of its national 2012–2013 Technology Solutions Awards (May 2013, Sustainability Accolades) for accomplishments demonstrating collaboration, innovation and dedication to public service in its Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and Sustainability categories.

The award-winning projects include: Downtown Raleigh Sustainability Walking Tour; BigBelly Solar for Waste and Recycling; Police Vehicle Propane Hybrid Conversion; Electric Vehicle Infrastructure; Police Anti-Idling Technology; and the Solar Photovoltaic and Sustainability Kiosk.

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Exploris at City Farm

Inspired Exploris Middle School students water plants at Raleigh City Farm, awarded for its Urban Stewardship at the City's 2013 Environmental Awards.

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Greg Fishel

Local TV Celebrities Recognize Environmental Award Winners

WRAL-TV Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel made a well-received opening presentation on the science of climate issues during the Environmental Awards. 

WRAL-TV traffic and environmental reporter Brian Shrader was guest presenter for the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards, also presented during the City's awards ceremony.

Brian Shrader


Each year, the United States uses 85.5 million tons of paper, of which we recycle only 22%, or 19 million tons. Of the remaining paper, we could recycle up to 70%, or 46 million tons. And those 46 million tons could save 782 million trees.


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