Energy Efficiency and Conservation
The City of Raleigh has embarked on numerous environmental initiatives to promote energy efficiency and conservation. Several of these projects are highlighted below. The City of Raleigh is committed to conserving energy to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, equating to real dollar savings for our citizens.
Light Emitting Diodes (also known as LEDs) represent an emerging solid-state technology that has revolutionized lighting. Raleigh is converting lighting to highly efficient LED lighting that will help save up to 40% on energy used for lighting.
The LED Streetlight Project is replacing traditional street lighting with high-efficiency LED lights.
Sustainable Municipal Buildings
The City of Raleigh is working to lower its carbon footprint by initiating sustainable building practices. The City requires LEED Silver standards for new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet and is prioritizing energy efficiency improvements to existing City buildings.
The City of Raleigh has completed energy audits on numerous City facilities. These audits identify energy saving initiatives that if implemented can save energy and taxpayer dollars. Energy audits were completed through an Environmental Defense Fund Project at a number of the fire stations and One Exchange Plaza. Through a separate initiative, energy audits were conducted at numerous Community Centers.
In July 2010, the City of Raleigh was awarded the Student Internship and Fellowship Program Grant and employed three Energy Fellows in the Office of Sustainability. Fellow responsibilities included work on renewables, environmental law, green building training, and energy auditing.