sustainability initiatives
LEED Silver Municipal Standard
Council mandated new municipal construction over 10,000 square feet must meet LEED Silver
standards. (2) LEED Platinum buildings: Transit Operations Facility and Wilders Grove Solid Waste
Services Center. (9) LEED Silver buildings, including Raleigh Convention Center.
Methane Recovery
Since 1989, the Wilders Grove landfill has been collecting landfill gas for use in energy recovery and
flaring systems; it now receives an average of $8000 monthly for recovered methane.
NC PEV Taskforce
Leadership role in statewide taskforce preparing for increased adoption of plug-in electric
Residents receive free trees in exchange for planting and caring for these street trees, with more
than 10,000 donated and planted in residential neighborhoods since 2003.
Pedestrian Program
The Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan’s measurable goals and detailed strategies will improve
pedestrian mobility and safety throughout the city.
Dashboard acts as a powerful ‘front end’ for existing building automation systems, compiling data
for a big-picture overview.
Project Get Ready
Raleigh, Indianapolis and Portland were chosen by Rocky Mountain Institute to coordinate efforts
to overcome perceived barriers related to technology, consumer demand, infrastructure and
incentives for plug-in electric vehicles.
Rainwater Harvesting
Nine fire stations installed cisterns to capture roof rainwater runoff, storing it for later use in training
exercises and to wash equipment.
Remote Operations Centers
Remote operations centers, stocked with alternative fuels, are strategically positioned to minimize
fuel use.
Residential Recycling
Raleigh’s goal is to make it easy for residents to recycle as many materials as possible, leading
the way through larger single-stream carts, and curbside electronics and yard waste pickups.
Recycling adds revenue to the City budget through recovered materials and avoided landfill fees.
Reuse Water
Two separate City distribution systems (Raleigh and Zebulon) provide reuse water for irrigation,
cooling towers, industrial processes, concrete production and toilet flushing.
Downtown Raleigh’s FREE circulator bus service features hybrid electric buses running every 10-15
minutes with real-time projections through the web and smartphone apps.
Roadmap to Raleigh’s Energy Future
Framework and implementation strategies to reduce the City’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business office provides resources for equal
business opportunities.
Small Hydropower
Currently evaluating potential for generation through Falls Lake releases.
Potential to shed power loads from smart buildings during peak demand.
Solar EV Charging Station
Research partnership with Progress Energy and Advanced Energy harnesses the sun’s power to
charge plug-in electric vehicles, 616 South Salisbury Street.
Solar Photovoltaic
Broad-based efforts to integrate solar photovoltaic energy installations into City facilities, and
third-party partnerships on large-scale farms.
Solar Thermal
Solar thermal water heating systems supplement natural gas units at some of the City’s fire stations
and at the Raleigh Municipal Building, decreasing utility costs.
Strategic Transportation Planning
Strong emphasis on multi-modal opportunities drives investments and planning efforts.
Stream Monitoring Programs
Volunteers monitor selected streams for water quality parameters and perform surveys for larval
insects; Adopt-a-Stream groups clean up debris at least once a year and watch for illicit discharges.
Streetscape Program
Prioritizing infrastructure renovations through the lens of the pedestrian program and to enhance
economic development opportunities.
Sustainability Revolving Fund
Internal City projects vie for funding, typically using dollars to pay for features that may have larger
up-front costs but provide significant long-term savings.
Sustainability Seminar Series
City employees learn about personal and professional sustainability issues during these monthly
seminar events.
Sustainable Greenhouse
Technology (water reclamation, building automation, polycarbonate skin, evaporative cooling)
greened” the Marsh Creek greenhouse facility.
Sustainable Home Raleigh
Staff presents low-cost, easy-to-use techniques Raleigh residents can implement immediately to
save energy and increase sustainability.
Sustainable Planning
Initiatives such as the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, Greenprint,
Bicycle Plan, Pedestrian Program and numerous other planning efforts emphasize quality of life,
economic opportunities, and environmental stewardship.
Sustainable Procurement Policy
The City recognizes the products and services it buys have inherent social, human health,
environmental and economic impacts, and procurement decisions embody the City’s
commitment to sustainability whenever possible.
Sustainable Raleigh Map
Sustainable features (i.e. LEED buildings, EV charging stations, solar installations, rainwater
harvesting) are highlighted on this GIS map of Wake County.
Total Cost of Ownership
Long-term views replace short-term cost-only decisions, saving taxpayer dollars and reducing
wasted resources.
Traffic Management
Synchronized stop lights reduce GHG emissions and save fuel.
Union Station
The City and NCDOT are proposing to construct a new passenger train station in Downtown
Raleigh at 510 West Martin Street, replacing the existing Amtrak Station on Cabarrus Street.
Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative
Comprehensive conservation plan to identify and rank land most critical for water supply
protection in the Upper Neuse River Basin.
Waste Services Route Optimization
Routesmart software optimizes the most efficient waste and recycling routes and re-entry points.
Water Efficiency
Several programs help educate customers about the most water-efficient technologies (including
the toilet rebate program) and the City’s mandatory conservation measures.
Water Resources Education
Staff presents water-wise educational programs to children and adults.
Yard Waste Recycling Center
Yard waste debris is recycled into wood chips, mulch and compost, available for purchase.
Sustainability Report 2013