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.
CDP Reporting - CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states, and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. Over 500 cities worldwide have disclosed environmental information through CDP.
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.
Temple Emanuel TEEM Monthly Movie and Speaker - Each month, Temple Emanuel hosts a movie and speaker event relating to a current environmental topic on the first Thursday of the month. The next event will take place on Thursday, February 2. The presentation will feature the documentary "Just Eat It" which dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, and into our own fridge.
Terry Tempest Williams at Wake Forest University - From February 6-9, Terry Tempest Williams, the well-known writer, naturalist and advocate for wild places, will be visiting Wake Forest University. During her visit, Williams will host a four day writing workshop, deliver a public lecture and reading, and engage with interested faculty.
Eco-Friendly New Year's Resolutions - It's time to make your New Year's resolutions for 2017! This year, consider making some resolutions that include ways you can be more eco-friendly as well as healthy.
Environmentally Friendly New Year's Resolutions - If you are looking for even more ways to include the environment in your New Year's resolutions, consider some of the tips from accuweather.com. Some of these suggestions probably even relate to some of your other resolutions!
Green Future - For general sustainability tips, from home tips to ways to make your diet more environmentally friendly, visit greenfuture.io. There are also tips on greening your New Year's resolutions by relating average resolutions to the environment.
What you can do to help...