he City of Raleigh is already recognized as the
Nation’s Most Sustainable Mid-Size Community
by the US Chamber of Commerce Business
Civic Leadership Center for its outstanding
local-level efforts to achieve complementary
economic, environmental, and quality-of-life goals.
The City Council affirmed in 2011 its mission
statement for the City of Raleigh as a “21st Century
City of Innovation focusing on environmental, cultural
and economic sustainability...” Raleigh has a long
history of innovative thinking and creative problem
solving particularly in times of limited resources and
budgetary constraints.
This Roadmap to Raleigh’s Energy Future comes at a
critical time in our city’s and our nation’s future as
cities are seeking to reduce their dependence on fossil
fuels, building energy systems that can support
economic and social development goals while
lowering emissions of local pollutants and climate-
altering greenhouse gases.
This document is intended to prepare the City of
Raleigh for the future. Difficult decisions may need to
be made, but only after careful evaluation of both the
short and long-term consequences. Operational
changes may also need to be made and the way
business was conducted in the past may no longer
meet Raleigh’s needs. Innovative strategies that may
not be fully understood today may be on the road to
Raleigh’s energy future.
The Climate Energy Action Plan focuses on the
creation and adoption of an integrated
implementation/action plan. The purpose is to give the
City a roadmap for not only implementing projects,
but also for developing programs, capacity and capital
to institutionalize these values, goals and processes
across all departments, thereby extending them well
into the future. This is a fundamental cornerstone of
the City of Raleigh’s approach to its rapid growth,
prudent development, quality of life, and continued
focus on maintaining a vibrant and healthy
Climate and energy planning is an emerging and
increasingly important topic for local governments.
Climate change is the distinct, measurable changes
i.e., temperature, rainfall, snow, or wind) in climate
over a long period of time, which may be a result of
natural factors and/or human activities. Energy
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Energy-wise is Fiscally Smart
The aggregated energy accounts
for the City of Raleigh represent
the second largest operating
expense, surpassed only by
personnel-related expenses.