Raleigh's commitment to sustainability is central to its vision for the future. Broad and comprehensive, this vision focuses on interdependent relationships between Economic Strength, Environmental Stewardship and Social Equity. These three fundamental principles guide decisions the City of Raleigh makes as a 21st Century City of Innovation.
Sustainable communities encourage people to work together to create healthy communities where natural and historic resources are preserved, jobs are available, sprawl is contained, neighborhoods are secure, education is lifelong, transportation and health care are accessible, and all citizens have opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.
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Raleigh's Commitment to Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 to provide guidance for policy development and goal setting for City of Raleigh based on three fundamental principles: economic strength, environmental stewardship and social equity.Raleigh's Commitment to Sustainability
The City of Raleigh's annual Environmental Awards program recognizes outstanding work in environmental stewardship. Individuals and organizations recognized over the last five years celebrate the best in Raleigh's commitment to responsible environmentalism.
The City of Raleigh seeks to value and foster development and opportunities that recruit and grow environmentally conscious industries and business while promoting sustainable practices and reducing negative impacts on the environment.More on Economic Benefits
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Numerous environmental initiatives promote energy efficiency and conservation; the City of Raleigh is committed to conserving energy, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and providing real dollar savings to Raleigh citizens.
The City of Raleigh works to promote emerging technologies, create new job opportunities and cultivate local businesses and entrepreneurs. Renewable energy initiatives have allowed the City of Raleigh to address all of these policy-based initiatives at once.
Mobility and Transportation
As the City of Raleigh continues to grow it encourages a sustainable infrastructure for numerous modes of transportation, including the addition of electric vehicle charging stations, affordable transit, bicycle lanes, and greenway trails.
Natural Resource Protection
The City of Raleigh actively supports the conservation and preservation of the air, water and land.
Education, Outreach and Resources
Education and outreach activities keep residents, universities, civic organizations and other interested parties informed about programs, initiatives, and accomplishments. This provides opportunities to foster partnerships, provide training and engage in community building.
The City's commitment to its sustainability goals has helped create a vibrant community renowned for its quality of life, greenways and open spaces, active citizenry, cultural resources, growing a green economy, and more.
Leadership and Accolades
As a 21st Century City of Innovation, Raleigh focuses on environmental, cultural and economic sustainability. We work to improve neighborhood quality of life and promote emerging technologies by creating new job opportunities and cultivating local business and entrepreneurs.