Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 2, Issue 1

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.


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

Environmental Awards: Raleigh City Farm

Environmental Awards Nominations Due

Do you know a person or organization in our community that demonstrates extraordinary commitment to the environment? The City of Raleigh wants to celebrate their outstanding work in environmental stewardship with an Environmental Award. Deadline for submission is February 14. Winners will be recognized at an Earth Day celebration April 22 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Learn more about award categories, the nomination process and the event.

Raleigh Environmental Awards Logo

Environmental Awards Sponsorship Opportunities
The annual City of Raleigh Environmental Awards program is made possible through generous donations from local businesses that share the vision of environmental stewardship for the Raleigh community. We are currently seeking sponsors that would like to support this celebration of environmental awareness. Click here for details, or call (919) 996-3070.


Local Foods Celebration
Raleigh restaurants, take note... If you have a local foods story, we want to help you tell it. Apply to be one of 20 restaurants showcased at the 7th Annual Environmental Awards April 22 event.

STAR Communities

Raleigh Among National Inaugural Class of Leadership: STAR Community Program
The City of Raleigh is one of 20 U.S. cities selected to participate in the 2014 Leadership STAR Community Program. With extensive support from STAR Communities staff, Leadership STAR Communities will work through the STAR Community Rating System together towards a goal of becoming certified.

Cheap Biofuels

Cheap Biofuel Wouldn't Compete with Food Supply
The energy industry may have a new option to produce biofuel cheaply without infringing on food supplies. North Carolina State University researchers have developed a simple, inexpensive process for extracting energy-rich cellulose from non-edible plant matter such as wood chips, corn husks and grasses.

Solar PV

New Energy Solution?
Researchers may have solved a major problem with solar power storage: how to retain the sun's energy so it's available at night. Researchers, led by a UNC-Chapel Hill professor, discovered a "new way to use solar energy to split molecules of water into its atomic-level components: oxygen and hydrogen." The hydrogen can be burned for fuel, generating only water as waste, which can then be recycled to be split again.

Sustainable Raleigh

to the City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability bimonthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy our news, 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.

1914 Electric Taxis

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 1914: Electric Taxis
Detroit's first electric taxi logged more than 46,000 miles in its first two years of operation. Infrastructure included curbside charging ports and charging stations.

If you have a photo showing sustainability in action that you'd like to have considered for the Photo of the Month, please email and include a brief story.

Alternative Fuels

Guide to Alternative Fuels
America is working to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, offering a variety of vehicles that don't rely as much on gasoline. Options include cars with better gas mileage, improved biofuel compatibility, and electric and plug-in cars. This guide helps you understand the options.


A crack as small as 1/16 inch around a window frame can let in as much cold air as leaving the window open 3 inches. More Tips



25 - Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Open House and Art Unveiling
10 a.m. - Noon
630 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh
(919) 996-6886

5 - Urban Design Center Education Forum
Stormwater in Raleigh: Time for an Upgrade?
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
(919) 996-4635

14 - Environmental Awards Nominations Due
(919) 996-3070

19 - Urban Design Center Education Forum
10 Years Out: How Shall Downtown Living be for Children, Families, Elders?
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
(919) 996-4635

22 - 7th Annual City of Raleigh Environmental Awards
6-8 p.m.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh
(919) 996-3070


City of Raleigh
Office of Sustainability
222 West Hargett Street #307
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-3070