Go Green Winston-Salem

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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