Wendell Hardin, Sustainability Manager, 336-727-8249
About our office
The Office of Sustainability is responsible for researching and recommending improvements concerning greenhouse gas emissions and energy use on an annual basis. This office was also given the appointment to analyze the latest in trends of what the City of Winston-Salem is doing to provide services that reflect the city's leadership in energy and environmental awareness.
What we're working on now
STAR Communities - The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) was built by and for local governments in 2012. Local leaders use STAR to assess their sustainability, set targets for moving forward, and measure progress along the way.
City 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.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Did you know that Winston-Salem has electric vehicle charging stations located in and around the downtown area? We are always working on increasing the number of these stations, and currently have three locations.
Location 1 - Old Salem Roundabout in the tennis court area.
Location 2 - 4th and Church Street parking garage through the 4th street entrance.
Location 3 - Bailey Park area at Patterson Ave and 5th Street.
TEEM Movie Night - Our Forests: The Lungs of the Planet - Join Temple Emanuel Environmental Movie group and a speaker from Dogwood Alliance for a short film that documents the growing impact of the wood pellet industry on our forests, community and climate. This will take place on Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m.
Handcrafted Holiday Showcase - Still looking for gifts for the holiday season? Come out to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Farmers Market for the Handcrafted Holiday Showcase on Saturday, December 9 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. You can browse one-of-a-kind holiday gifts by local artists, making these gifts a more sustainable choice than anything from a big chain store!
Real or Fake Trees: Which is more green? - If you want to get a Christmas tree this year, but want to be more environmentally conscious about it, consider the environmental impacts of a real tree versus a fake tree.
What you can do to help...