Winston-Salem is a 3-STAR Community!
The City of Winston-Salem is a sustainability leader through the STAR Community Program as of February 2017. With a total score of 258.4 points, our community received an official 3-STAR Rating. Winston-Salem's online profile shows further breakdown of points earned by goal area and objective.
Thank you to all of the community partners who helped us achieve the 3-STAR Rating! [pdf/112kb/1p]
What is next?
STAR Communities has recently become part of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) organization. Our city will now be pursuing certification under the LEED for Cities and Communities program. You can learn more about this new certification on the LEED for Cities web page. The new LEED for Cities and Communities platform will provide us with a road map to evaluate, assess and improve our community through economic, environmental, and social action. LEED for Cities and Communities will set a clear path for the Office of Sustainability to move towards meaningful action and results that improve the community.
Single-use plastic ban in Winston-Salem?
One of the most frequently asked questions of the Office of Sustainability is why we haven't banned plastic bags, plastic straws, or another single-use plastic item in the city. Many cities are beginning to take this step towards improving their city's sustainability, so why not us?
Our current state legislature restricts certain action cities in North Carolina can take related to this goal, making this goal a difficult one. This is best demonstrated through the action taken on the Outer Banks. Senate Bill 1018 from 2009 implemented a ban on the use of plastic bags by retailers on the Outer Banks. However, in 2017 House Bill 56 repealed this ban after overriding a veto from Governor Cooper. Since the repeal, no other ban similar to this has been passed or has attempted to be passed in the state by any jurisdiction.
If you are passionate about this issue, please contact your state representatives to let them know how important the issue is to you that cities be able to implement single-use plastic bans and other material bans in their local jurisdictions.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Winston-Salem has begun installing 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. Old Salem roundabout in the tennis court area
2. The 4th and Church Street parking garage through the 4th street entrance
3. Bailey Park area on Patterson Ave. NOTE: This location is temporarily down due to construction in the area.