Sustainability Initiatives

LEED for Cities and CommunitiesLEED 2022 SILVER

In April 2022, the City of Winston-Salem achieved Silver level Certification in the LEED for Cities and Communities Program from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). From the USGBC website, "the LEED for Cities framework encompasses social, economic and environmental performance indicators and strategies with a clear, data-driven means of benchmarking and communicating progress."

Out of 110 possible points, the city earned a total of 56 points. The image below shows how many points were earned in each of the nine categories. LfC Score Landscape

3-STAR Community Rating

The City of Winston-Salem was recognized for sustainability leadership through the Leadership STAR Community Program in February 2017. With a total score of 258.4 points, our community received an official 3-STAR Rating. Thank you to all of the community partners (PDF) who helped us achieve the 3-STAR Rating!

FY 22-23 Projects

In this year's budget, passed in June 2022, funding was designated to shift the recycling program to in-house collection rather than that service being provided by Waste Management. Funding was also designated for the operation of the Kimberley Park hydroponics facility.

Staff is working to replace the EV charging station located at the tennis courts at Central Park, install three new level 2 charging stations through the Duke Energy Electric Vehicle Pilot Program, and install a level 2 charging station in the 6th/Cherry/Trade Street Parking Deck with funds awarded through the NC DEQ Volkswagen Settlement Fund. The office also plans to release the RFP for the installation of solar panels on the Bryce A. Stuart Building.

Community Presentations

The Office of Sustainability offers presentations to community groups upon request. Presentations can focus on recycling, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful programs and volunteer opportunities, and a more general sustainability presentation that touches on all of the department's programs. Staff has presented for school groups, summer camps, neighborhood associations, church groups, medical professionals, and more. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Winston-Salem has installed level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in and around the downtown area. We are always working on increasing the number of these stations, and currently have three locations.

  1. The 4th and Church Street parking garage through the 4th Street entrance.
  2. Bailey Park area off Patterson Avenue
  3. Central Park at the tennis courts and roundabout. This location currently has a port out of service and can only charge one vehicle at a time.

The city plans to more than double the number of publicly available city-owned level 2 charging stations beginning this fiscal year.

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