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.
Big Sweep Waterway Cleanup - Be a part of this national event to clean up streams and lakes by volunteering for the Big Sweep! This event will be held on October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Community Roots Day - It's that time of year again! This year, Community Roots Day will be help Saturday, October 21. Join community members as they assist in this major and unique tree planting experience. It will be held at Little Creek Recreation Center located at 610 Foxcroft Drive in Winston-Salem beginning at 9:00 a.m. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. that day or you can register online.
Everything You Want to Know About Fall - Fall is coming up this month! Find out all the information you might need or want to know about this season such as fall foliage predictions, the science behind leave changing color, and more.
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