Local Action Plan to Reduce Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

Sustainability steps of the Dept. of Transportation

Department of Transportation tests LED bulbs in street lighting fixture

Existing Reduction Measures in Winston-Salem Government Operations

  • Conversion of traffic signals from incandescent to LED at all city-owned traffic signals resulting in lower electricity consumption.
  • Reuse and recycle traffic sign blanks and posts.
  • Limit vehicle idle time.
  • Crews are instructed to take breaks in their area.
  • For employees that pack their lunches, employees use microwave and break areas at the nearest Recreation facility to their assigned work area.
  • Crews keep their truck beds clear of any unnecessary debris to reduce weight.
  • Switched from petroleum-based traffic paint to water-based paint.
  • Periodically re-evaluate traffic signal timing to reduce congestion.
  • Plan and build greenways, bike lanes, and pedestrian facilities as alternative transportation modes.
  • Safety improvement program implements and tracks actions taken at over 200 locations per year in an effort to reduce accidents, which also reduces congestion.
  • Parking enforcement officers use GEM electric scooters instead of gasoline scooters.

Future Reduction Measures for Winston-Salem Government Operations

  • Upgrade signal system to improve signal timing and reduce traffic congestion.

Read the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Local Action Plan to Reduce Emissions Report July 2008 [pdf/1mb/43p] 

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