Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 3, Issue 6

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

Urban Agriculture Panel

Urban Agriculture Growing in Raleigh

The Environmental Advisory Board hosted a panel discussion Nov. 14 to recognize the work of 13 local gardens and farms receiving urban agriculture “mini-grants” at the City of Raleigh’s 2015 Environmental Awards Ceremony as well as to advance Raleigh’s support of a more productive and healthy local food economy.

Panelists included local leadership in the urban agriculture movement, including City Council Member Bonner Gaylord, Community Food Lab, Advocates for Health in Action, Inter-faith Food Shuttle and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation.


Attendees offered advice on “What can Raleigh do to spur growth in local urban agriculture?” and actively sought guidance on how to prioritize the urban agriculture conversation at the policy level.

Environmental Awards Logo 2016

Environmental Awards Opens Call for Entries

Know a person, group, organization or business whose actions have strengthened Raleigh’s sustainability? Nominate them for a 2016 City of Raleigh Environmental Award by January 22.


High school students can compete for cash prizes via a video PSA on stormwater conservation issues, and urban agriculture implementation grants subsidize local food efforts.


New for 2016 is a Trashion Design Competition, encouraging individuals ages 14 and older to repurpose materials destined for the landfill into a fashion statement.

Tap Water

Raleigh Tap Water Voted Best 

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department received a first place award in the “Best Tasting Water” contest at the 95th North Carolina American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Association annual conference. Raleigh tied for first place with the City of Kinston.

According to the AWWA, the bottled water industry grossed $11.8 billion on 9.7 billion gallons in 2012 at a cost of about $7.50 per gallon. That's almost 2000x the cost of a gallon of tap water! It makes a whole lot more sense to drink NC's finest straight from the tap.

Face to Face

Raleigh Police Hosting Community Meetings

Four upcoming "Face to Face" meetings will provide opportunities for community members to sit down with Raleigh police officers to learn about police practices and programs, ask questions and make suggestions about policing in the city. Held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. between Dec. 2 and Jan. 5, RSVPs are requested to ensure adequate resources are on hand for attendees; call 919-996-2010 or email


City Leasing Land for Solar Development

The City of Raleigh is seeking proposals from qualified solar energy developers interested in installing, owning, operating and maintaining one or more solar energy systems on approximately 53 acres near the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility. Mandatory info session is Dec. 4 and proposals are due Jan. 8.

Cooking Oil Collection

Used Cooking Oil Collection is Back in Season

Recycle your used cooking oil and grease through Jan. 15. Raleigh residents and houses of worship may request a curbside collection of a minimum gallon of used oil by calling 919-996-6890. Over the last six years this joint effort between Public Utilities and Solid Waste Services has collected more than 3,375 gallons of grease! Read complete guidelines for preparing oil for collection.

Duke Performing Arts Center

Turning Off Lights for the Birds

Bright city lights can be deadly for migrating birds, causing confusion, coaxing them to crash into windows or fly in circles until they drop from exhaustion. In partnership with the Wake Audubon Society, the City of Raleigh is ensuring all of its non-essential lights are off by at least 2 a.m. to minimize bird fatalities. The City also encourages other building owners to participate in the lights-out initiative.

Biz Expo

Annual Small Business Expo Promotes Connections

Don't miss this premier opportunity on Dec. 15 to promote your small business to more than 100 contacts from the City of Raleigh, Wake County Public School System, Wake County, state agencies and local general contractors searching for subcontractors and vendors. Give your business a voice with personal one-on-one conversations; register by Dec. 14. 


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Biofuels Kickoff

Mobile Biofuel Processor Converts Sunflowers to Fuel

The City of Raleigh Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility has a new sustainability tool: the team recently unveiled a mobile biodiesel processing system.

The Nov. 5 biofuels kickoff showcased equipment that converts sunflower and soybeans grown on City land and fertilized with biosolids (a byproduct of processing Raleigh's wastewater) into biodiesel for City trucks. The demonstration project is a partnership between the City's Public Utilities Department and Office of Sustainability with the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, NC State College of Natural Resources and Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC Clean Energy Technology Center and New Earth Fabricators.

Lake Lynn


Start a new tradition this year...skip the Black Friday madness and head outside on Friday, Nov. 27. Share your experiences by tagging REI's #OptOutside and the Triangle Land Conservancy's #TLCPreserve.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

NC Plug-in EV Database

Installing electric vehicle charging stations is one more way to draw business. Promote onsite EV chargers in the NCPEV database, or learn more about plug-in vehicles and charging stations.

Bike House Creek Trail

Bike [House Creek Trail]

Bike [House Creek Trail] is the latest Walk [Your City] way-finding sign installation in Raleigh, but this campaign has a twist. Instead of promoting walkability on public roads, these signs are installed on the City of Raleigh's greenway to show residents how close destinations just off the path are via bike.



If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.




26 & 27 - City Holiday



2, 7, 15 - Face to Face Community Meetings

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Locations vary

15 - Minority & Women-owned Business Enterprise Expo

4-6 p.m.

2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh


Maria Torres

24 & 25 - City Holiday



1 - City Holiday


5 - Face to Face Community Meeting

6:30-9:30 p.m.

McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh


18 - City Holiday

22 - Environmental Awards Entries Deadline


City of Raleigh

Office of Sustainability

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

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