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.
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.
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.
Earth Week at Wake Forest University - The WFU Office of Sustainability will be hosting their annual Earth Week celebration from March 18-March 23. There will be events all week, with a focal community lecture by Majora Carter.
Particle Falls - Hosted by NC Clean Energy Technology Center and Clean Air Carolina, this art installation is an animated light projection on the side of the UNC School of the Arts Stevens Center that reveals the invisible dangers in the air you are breathing. This event runs from February 22 - March 24 and is FREE and open to the public.
Forsyth Creek Week - Enjoy nine days of fun and informative activities for all ages to help us understand and appreciate the importance of our local waterways. Happening March 17-25, there will be family-friendly recreational activities, hands-on learning opportunities, guest speakers and more. All activities are FREE unless otherwise noted.
For other events, Piedmont Environmental Alliance includes environmental activities happening throughout the piedmont on their monthly calendar.
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.
In February, Mayor Allen Joines attended the Appalachian Energy Summit Midyear event to welcome guests from all over the state while they discuss how to support a clean energy economy, as seen in the image below.
What you can do to help...