SUSTAINABILITY IS A COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE,
THE PLANET, AND OUR COLLECTIVE PROSPERITY.
ITS PRINCIPLES MOVE THE CITY FORWARD AND
ENSURE OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT.
SUSTAINABLE
Raleigh
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November 2012 • 100% recycled
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West Hargett Street #302, Raleigh, NC 27601
the office of sustainability is charged with the responsibility
to create an
organizational environment where each and every City departmental operation,
investment and initiative incorporates the City’s commitment to building a
Sustainable 21st
Century City of Innovation
.
The focus over the last four years has been to identify, test, evaluate and implement
innovative technologies, policies, programs, strategies, partnerships and financing
approaches using pilot and demonstration projects and grants to improve the City’s internal
operations. With this greater understanding of best practices, we are charting a course
for ensuring our City’s future resilience. Raleigh is now recognized as a national municipal
leader, and this annual report highlights some of these achievements and efforts.
Tangible evidence of the value of these investments is apparent in sustainability-related
conference bookings at the internationally recognized LEED Silver Raleigh Convention
Center. The direct economic impact of these 12,024 hotel room nights (primarily in 2011
and 2012) is worth nearly $8 million, and is just a beginning indication of the facility’s
positive economic potential.
It is now time to take these “lessons learned” out to the larger community, including
Raleigh’s residents, businesses and institutions in our journey. As we move forward, we’ll
continue to focus on state-of-the-art technologies, financial stewardship, community
enhancement and economic strength as the guiding principles of this program.
Next steps include increasing our community involvement, creating a “green” economic
development strategy, and implementing the
Roadmap to Raleigh’s Energy Future
.
Printing funded by U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant,
part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.