Sustainable Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh, N.C., has become a pioneer of true sustainability. The city implemented a three-pronged strategy the focuses on: Environmental Stewardship, Social Equity and Economic Strength.

So the city is not just installing plug-in stations for hybrid and electric vehicles and reducing greenhouse gases, it's making buildings more efficient, reclaiming and recycling materials and resources, creating green jobs and improving infrastructure, transportation, storm water management and parks and recreation. In fact, Raleigh was named the #2 Fasted-Growing Clean (Green) Economy Job Growth among 100 Largest Metros by The Brookings Institution.

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It’s a three-level plan that’s made Raleigh the first LED City on the planet and given us a chance at a higher quality of life. And meeting planners can also benefit from these practices by their events and attendees utilizing these green infrastructures and features around Raleigh.

These links will help you plug into the city's green scene:

  • RDU International Airport Terminal 1 was awarded the LEED certification in Dec. 2014 after undergoing a major renovation of the building, which opened in 1982. Learn more
  • The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences's Nature Research Center, a state-of-the-art unique meeting site option, was awarded LEED Platinum certification in June 2014. Learn more


  • The Sustainable Raleigh Map highlights the numerous initiatives related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental conservation and sustainability throughout the Raleigh area. Projects include solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, rainwater harvesting and more. Learn more
  • Between Nov. 2010 and Dec. 2011 the City of Raleigh installed 29 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations: 18 public and 11 fleet. The public charging stations allow EV drivers to "top off" the vehicle battery while conducting business nearby (full EV charging is typically done at home). Learn more
  • The City of Raleigh's BigBelly Solar waste and recycling collection system pilot project, part of the Clean is Green Raleigh campaign, includes nearly 50 dual stations installed throughout the city. The first 20 units were installed in downtown Raleigh's Glenwood South district. Learn more
  • Raleigh is ranked #5 Among the Nation's Eco-Friendliest Cities. Learn more
  • Raleigh is #10 Among Metro Areas with the Highest Share of Clean (Green) Economy Jobs (Raleigh-Cary) - The Brookings Institution, July 2011
  • Raleigh was named one of three winners of the 2011 Sustainable Community Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. (The prize is $20,000 worth of trees!)
  • Raleigh was one of the first cities to endorse the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement’s plan for greenhouse-gas emission reduction. Learn more
  • In 2009, our city was also singled out for Project Get Ready, an initiative to install plug-in electric stations across Raleigh to gear up for electric and hybrid vehicles. Learn more
  • The Raleigh Convention Center has been awarded USGBC Silver LEED Certification. Learn more

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  • In partnership with Cree, Raleigh is the first "LED City" in the world, recognizing more than a 40% energy savings as municipal garages switch to LED lighting. Learn more
  • The Raleigh area can claim host to more than 50 LEED projects. Learn more
  • Raleigh has more than 11,000 acres of greenway trails, parklands and lakes for discovering the unexpected and getting back to nature. Learn more

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