Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 4, Issue 3

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

Environmental Awards Selfie

A History of Celebrating Raleigh's Green Heroes

When the City Council created the Environmental Advisory Board  in 2006, awards recognizing environmental stewardship were included in its mission. Julian Prosser, assistant city manager for the City of Raleigh at the time, advocated that the awards recognize “quantifiable results that positively affect the environment.”


The City of Raleigh is proud of all of the Environmental Awards winners over the past nine years, including the outstanding group from the 2016 awards ceremony. Read the Sustainable Raleigh Spotlight story for more about Raleigh's history of honoring these environmental heroes.

Uniform Swap

Public Utilities Uniform Swap

The average North American throws away 81 pounds of clothing a year. City uniforms can’t be donated, so the Public Utilities Department decided to rescue 500 pieces of gently used uniforms by hosting a free thrift store in March for employees.

Green Square

Downtown Raleigh Sustainability Self-Guided Tour

If you stroll through downtown Raleigh hunting for signs of sustainability, you’ll find plenty of examples. The City’s Sustainability Tour is a 2.3-mile loop through downtown with stops at buildings, parks and restaurants that all represent some aspect of sustainability. The map and tour is online. Printed copies are also available; email Sustainable Raleigh for more information.


Arts Plan for All

The arts are a critical part of Raleigh’s character, economy and future. That’s why the Office of Raleigh Arts creatively engaged Raleigh citizens to gather ideas for its10-year plan to boost the role of creative arts in the community. More than 4,000 people added their voices to the plan through surveys, small group discussions and social media. Learn more about efforts to make the arts more inclusive in Raleigh.


Bike Share in the Works

Cruising around Raleigh on a shared city bike could be a possibility for Raleigh citizens. The Office of Transportation found that Raleigh is suitable for a bike share program, where users can hop on a city bike at one docking station, pedal across town, and leave it at another. The City is working on identifying hot spots for docking stations and collecting input from the public. Check out the plan and take the survey.


Solid Waste Services Wins Illumination Award

Students in the Raleigh Neighborhood College concluded that Solid Waste Services presentation on recycling contained the most pertinent information of the spring session, giving the department its Illumination Award. The Raleigh Neighborhood College is a 12-week program for individuals who want to learn more about the inner workings of local government.


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View from Dix Park


Sir Walter Raleigh Awards

A view from Dix Park toward downtown Raleigh is the perfect inspiration for the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. Honoring people and projects adding to our city’s beauty and character, the awards started in 1986; past winners include designers, developers, community groups and individuals. The last day to nominate someone for an award is June 24.


Waze Connects Citizens to Real-Time Traffic

The City of Raleigh is teaming up with the social media app Waze, which warns users about traffic jams, road closures and car accidents. Waze relies on its users to submit information about local road conditions. The City is now a contributing member. Find out more about the partnership and a link to the app.


The Southeast will have more summer days over 90 degrees in the coming decades. Planting trees in thoughtful locations around your house can cool your home and reduce your energy consumption by up to 25 percent. Even keeping your air conditioner shaded can make a difference. Place shade trees west of west-facing windows for best results, and check out more smart landscaping ideas.



22, 29  - Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

City Plaza on Fayetteville Street

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


6, 13, 20, 27 - Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

City Plaza on Fayetteville Street

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


4 - City Holiday


23 - Destination Dix

Umstead Drive, Raleigh

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Free community festival featuring music by Bombadil and Chatham County Line, games, art, food trucks and a tethered hot air balloon.

City of Raleigh
Office of Sustainability

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