Go Green Winston-Salem


Sustainability Goals as identified by Legacy 2030

  • Environmentally Sensitive and Sustainable Development - Develop and redevelop land in a manner that will meet our future needs while protecting our natural areas and resources. Low-impact development and the LEED program are examples of ways in which we can achieve this goal.
  • Energy conservation, Efficiency and Alternatives - Increase energy conservation and efficiency in all sectors of development to promote a sustainable energy future. Our community can move towards accomplishing this goal by using renewable energy resources such as solar, using more alternative fuel vehicles, and reducing overall energy use as individuals and a community.
  • Environmental Regulations - Encourage the creation and enforcement of science-based and cost effective environmental regulations at a city and county level.
  • Environmental and Sustainability Awareness - Increase community understanding of the area's natural systems and related environmental and sustainability issues. In order to do this, it is recommended that the city keep an open dialogue with citizens related to environmental issues as well as continuing to promote environmental programs such as Community Roots Day and Big Sweep.

City Departments and Employees Take a Role in Being "Green"

Fleet Services

  • recycles scrap metal, oil, antifreeze, lubricants, tires, batteries
  • rightsizing to assure that each vehicle is the right size for its function
  • gas conservation policy
  • use remanufactured parts
  • alternative-fueled vehicles: hybrids, E85, CNG, electric


  • biosolids created from solid waste and used for fertilizers
  • water conservation measures
  • landfill maintenance
  • collecting methane from landfills to prevent its release into the atmosphere
  • 3RC EnviroStation, Hazardous Waste


  • stormwater pollution prevention plans
  • efforts to educate citizens about good practices
  • efforts to educate businesses about good practices
  • reviews plans for all development projects
  • sampling and monitoring program for creeks and streams
  • ordinances to reduce erosion, flooding and pollution to creeks, streams, and rivers


  • guidelines for community growth that includes open, green spaces, tree planting, bike paths and bike lanes on the roads
  • zoning that governs how property is used
  • e-mail distribution of news and publications for reduction of paper use
  • Signs for zoning notice "Z" that are resuable


  • Bike lanes on city roadways
  • LED traffic signals and walk signals
  • engineering of traffic signals to allow flow of traffic; not idling
  • electric vehicles used by parking enforcement
  • reuse of traffic signs and posts
  • switch to water-based paint


  • erosion control program
  • watershed protection program
  • electronic processing of work orders to eliminate paper waste
  • inspect for compliance with North Carolina Energy Code

Winston-Salem Transit Authority

  • choose energy-efficient office equipment
  • choose earth-friendly supplies
  • ensure energy-efficiency in facilities

Property Maintenance

  • light bulbs in buildings
  • automatic lights on/off
  • electricity conservation
  • collects recyclable paper and other items
  • reduction of pesticides used
  • collaborates with city departments, other local entities to share information on sustainability practices
  • asset management
  • Energy Management Coordinator position to conduct energy audits and make recommendations

Vegetation Management

  • Urban Forestry
  • proper care of trees and landscaping around the city
  • riparian buffer maintenance
  • litter control

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful

  • Community Roots Day
  • Big Sweep Cleanup
  • Adopt A Flower Bed, Street, or Stream
  • Sign Sweepers
  • Graffiti Patrol

Recycle TodaySanitation

  • curbside recycling program to collect and recycle paper, cans, plastic bottles (small necks), glass jars and bottles
  • efforts to educate citizens about recycling
  • cardboard recycling drop-off points


  • efforts to educate citizens about greenways and parks
  • maintain the greenways
  • use of recycled materials for use in park benches and trash cans
  • use of electric golf carts
  • filtration of water runoff from dog park

Coliseum Complex

  • use small vehicles to get around the complex


  • Recommends funds for energy upgrades and reduction of energy use in facilities, streetlights, and vehicles

Information Systems

  • update power management equipment in the data center
  • printers go into power-save mode when inactive
  • enabling citizens to conduct business with the city online (this web site) rather than driving downtown



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