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.
Piedmont Environmental Alliance Annual Party - Join PEA for their annual party where you can meet and mingle with other community members who value their local environment. The theme for this year's event is Envisioning our Future City. This event will take place at Temple Emanuel on November 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Have a Sustainable Thanksgiving - For a holiday on which food is a major focus, think twice about how much food could go to waste. By planning what to do with food after Thanksgiving, you could save a lot of food from going to waste.
Eco-Friendly Black Friday Shopping - Black Friday is always a hectic day of shopping for millions of Americans. This year, consider alternatives to shopping at major chains and participate in Thrift Store Friday, Small Business Saturday or even shopping at local farmers markets.
#FairTuesday - You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the newest shopping movement focuses on fair trade, ethical, and eco-friendly brands.
What you can do to help...