Office of Sustainability

, 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 is Sustainability?

The most widely accepted definition of sustainability is meeting the needs of today without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This topic also spans a huge range of issues, from energy efficiency to housing to the local economy.

What we're working on now

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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.

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CDP Reporting

- CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions. The City of Winston-Salem has been reporting to this platform since 2015.

Sustainability Plan

- Our office is working on creating the City of Winston-Salem's first Master Sustainability Plan. It will be a combination of goals identified from the STAR Communities project described above, current sustainability goals our city has previously identified, and suggestions from the public.

If you would like to submit a suggestion, concern, or comment on the sustainability efforts in the city for the sustainability plan, complete the form below. We are interested in more than just environmental issues, so feel free to include other ideas as well. If you would like an idea of other topics you could comment on, see the STAR Communities image.

City Sustainability Feedback

What sustainability efforts would you like to see in the City of Winston-Salem? Let us know in the comments below. All fields are required.


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.

Old Salem EVC location

Location 2 - 4th and Church Street parking garage through the 4th street entrance.

4th and Church location

Location 3 - Bailey Park area at Patterson Ave and 5th Street.

Bailey Park EVC location

Community Events

Piedmont Earth Day Fair - This FREE event is the largest Earth Day celebration in central North Carolina. This year it is on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. The theme is Roots of Change. You can stop by the City of Winston-Salem booth to provide feedback about sustainability efforts you would like to see the city undertake. They might be included in the Sustainability Plan our office is currently developing!

For other events, Piedmont Environmental Alliance includes environmental activities happening throughout the piedmont on their monthly calendar.

Monthly Links

The Trend Continues, 2017 one of the Hottest Years on Record - 2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to NASA. That means that the most recent three years have also been the hottest years recorded, continuing to demonstrate that climate change is happening.

Your guide to surviving allergy season - Now that it is spring (finally!), it is also allergy season. We all could use some tips on how to reduce our seasonal allergies!

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