Sustainability Initiatives

Three Star Community Rating3-STAR Community Rating

The City of Winston-Salem was recognized for sustainability leadership through the Leadership STAR Community Program in February 2017. With a total score of 258.4 points, our community received an official 3-STAR Rating. Thank you to all of the community partners (PDF) who helped us achieve the 3-STAR Rating! Moving forward, the city will pursue a LEED for Cities and Communities certification, offered through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The first LEED for Cities and Communities rating is expected to be awarded in calendar year 2022.

FY 21-22 Projects

In this year's budget, passed in June 2021, $125,000 was awarded for solar installations on city facilities. The Office of Sustainability is researching which city facilities are best suited for that project before moving forward on other aspects of this project.

Funding was provided for this fiscal year to upgrade the EV Charging station located at Central Park.

Community Presentations

The Office of Sustainability offers presentations to community groups upon request. Presentations can focus on recycling, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful programs and volunteer opportunities, and a more general sustainability presentation that touches on all of the department's programs. Staff has presented for school groups, summer camps, neighborhood associations, church groups, medical professionals, and more. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Winston-Salem has installed level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in and around the downtown area. We are always working on increasing the number of these stations, and currently have three locations.

  1. The 4th and Church Street parking garage through the 4th Street entrance.
  2. Bailey Park area off Patterson Avenue
  3. Central Park at the tennis courts and roundabout. This location currently has a port out of service and can only charge one vehicle at a time.
View All
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3