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.
2017 Annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair - Piedmont Environmental Alliance hosts the largest Earth Day celebration and one-day environmental education event in the region. The fair includes great food and music, activities for adults and kids, and wonderful exhibitors who share ideas and products related to green living. As one of the event's sponsors, the City of Winston-Salem will be exhibiting at this year's fair.
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, March 2 at 7 p.m. There will be more information about the details closer to the event.
2017 Annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair - This year, the 12th Annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair will take place on April 22 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Each year the fair has a different theme, and this year's theme is Every Drop Counts. Learn how you can help protect the basic human right to water and minimize your water consumption while enjoying activities for the whole family, workshops, and the exhibitor booths!
John Francis, Conservationist - In honor of February being Black History Month, the Office of Sustainability is featuring the work of John Francis, an American Conservationist. He is the founder of Planetwalk which promotes environmental education and responsibility and a vision of world peace and cooperation. He is most known for taking a vow of silence for 17 years and not using a car, only walking, for 22 years. He has also written and published two books, spoke on a TED talk, and has a documentary.
Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Valentine's Day is this month, so if you want to give a gift but keep the environment in mind, have a more eco-friendly day with gifts that are all made in the USA.
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