Sustainable Raleigh News: Volume 2, Issue 3

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

CompostNow Environmental Awards

2014 Environmental Awards Winners

Individuals and organizations accomplishing outstanding work in environmental stewardship were recognized by the City of Raleigh at its 7th annual Environmental Awards celebration on Tuesday, April 22. Awards were presented in 11 categories plus the Emerging Professional awards for high school and college students. The Greater Triangle Stewardship Development awards were also presented.

Downtown Farmers Market

Local Produce & Artisans at Downtown Farmers Market
Local growers and food artisans bring the highest quality fresh produce and specialty foods to the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market at City Plaza every Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. through Oct. 29. Vendors include NC farmers, ranchers, fishermen, nurserymen, bakers, cheese makers and more. The Farmers Market is a program of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Assistant City Manager Dan Howe

Assistant City Manager
Dan Howe Retiring
After 29 years of service, Daniel A. Howe, ASLA, AICP recently announced his retirement as assistant city manager for the City of Raleigh effective July 31. Howe began his City career in 1985 as a Planner I in the Planning department, working his way up to his current position in 2004. He currently oversees the Office of Sustainability, Office of Emergency Management and the new Special Events office.

NC Solar Guide

New NC Residential
Guide to Going Solar
The N.C. Solar Center recently released its original resource: A Residential Customer's Guide to Going Solar: Duke Energy Progress version. The guide, written largely in non-technical terms, includes information on how much money customers can save by going solar, incentives and rate structures available in their region, how the technology works, and how customers can think through the process of considering rooftop solar for their home.

Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh Ranks 18th Among America's Greenest Cities
To shed light on places in the U.S. with the highest levels of green living, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the "greenest" cities in the country. They measured and ranked according to several variables: environmental quality, including the air quality index and number of parks per 10,000 residents; and various modes of green transportation. Raleigh comes in at #18 of the largest 95 U.S. cities included in the study.


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Former Raleigh Mayor Meeker

PHOTO OF THE MONTH Former Raleigh Mayor Meeker Wins Award
Greeted with a standing ovation by those in attendance at the 7th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration, former City of Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker received the highest honor of the night. Mayor Nancy McFarlane presented Meeker the Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award for his years of environmental leadership and recognizing the nexus of environment, economics and social equity.

Save Energy at Home Tool

Energy Star's Save Energy at Home Tool

Energy Star's Save Energy at Home Tool can guide you to make your  home more energy efficient whether you DIY or hire a qualified professional. The online tool targets each room individually. Remember, when you save energy, you're saving money and cutting carbon pollution at the same time. Try it!

Life Cycle of Stuff

Climate Change and the Life Cycle of Stuff
Have you ever considered where the food we eat and the goods (stuff) we use come from or where they go when you finish with them? Everything we use has a life cycle, and each stage has environmental impacts, including climate change. Learn about greenhouse gas emissions over a product's life cycle and ways to reduce your carbon footprint.



Consider buying locally and sustainably produced products, which may reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with transport. Plan ahead to reduce the number of trips you drive to the store.



JUNE 18 - Future of Solid Waste Management in Raleigh
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Urban Design Center
220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
(919) 996-4635

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