If you buy products made of recycled materials, bike to work when possible and carry your own reusable grocery bag to the store, then sustainable living is probably important to you.  Taking the lifestyle a step further, why not engage in sustainable tourism on your next vacation?  There are plenty of cities out there making strides towards true sustainability, but Raleigh is a pioneer, establishing itself as the first LED City in the entire world, among other advancements.

If you’ve got a hybrid or electric vehicle, then feel free to drive it over to Raleigh.  Selected for Project Get Ready in 2009, the city is now installing plug-in stations across the board to prepare for those who choose to travel more fuel-efficiently. 

Love fresh air?  Although packed full of big-city amenities, Raleigh has managed to keep the air clean, and has maintained more than 152 miles of greenway and hiking trails for you to get back in touch with nature.  Raleigh was one of the first cities to endorse the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement’s plan for reducing greenhouse emissions, and the city is serious about protecting our air.

For large-scale meetings, the Raleigh Convention Center is USGBC Silver LEED Certified, and this is just one of more than 20 LEED-Certified buildings and projects in the area. 

Every day, Greater Raleigh is taking bigger strides towards sustainability, improving the quality of life of its inhabitants, and the quality of stay for visitors like you.