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.
Creek Stomp - Hosted by Gateway Nature Preserve and Piedmont Environmental Allliance, this event is great for families with children. Learn about PEA's new educational initiative "Every Drop Counts" and more about river ecosystems while getting a little wet and messy in Salem Creek! This event will be free on July 16 from 2-3:30 PM.
Save Water in the Yard this Summer - Now that it is beginning to warm up outside, think about saving water in your yard! This infographic from the EPA shows how much the average water use of a family drastically increases during summer months. When working on your yard this summer, try some of these tips to save water and money!
Green Vacations - July is a great time to take a vacation. Consider going on a sustainable vacation this year to a place that has minimal impact on the planet's resources.
Gardening Tips - If you have a home garden, consider ways in which to make it as eco-friendly as possible and garden to benefit local wildlife.
What you can do to help...