Both the City and County of Durham are committed to vigorously pursuing sustainable practices in their operations. Initiatives include:
- LED lights are in four downtown public parking garages, City Hall, and the South Durham Water Reclamation Facility.
- There are 6 City facilities with solar hot water systems.
- The City and County have each purchased several electric vehicles and installed public electric vehicle charging stations throughout Durham.
- The City's purchases fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids, that qualify for the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program.
- City and County idle reduction policies require employees to shut off vehicles when not in use to reduce fuel costs, maintenance, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.
- A County green building policy requires all new buildings to meet high environmental standards. The County currently has 9 LEED buildings. The City is currently building 2 LEED buildings, including the new Police Headquarters.
Reports and Plans
- Biking and Hiking Map
- City Strategic Plan
- County Strategic Plan
- Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
- Cultural Arts Master Plan
- Economic Development Strategic Plan
- Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Plan
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Pla
- Trails and Greenway Plan
- Urban Open Space Plan
- Watershed improvement plans
Programs and Projects
- Accessible Icon Project
- Bull City Fresh Start Initiative
- Bull City Workplace Challenge
- Citizen Boards and Commissions
- Green Infrastructure
- Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program
- Open Data
- Pet Waste Ordinance
- STAR Communities Rating System
- Stormwater Star Certification Program
- Tree City USA
- Water Conservation Program
Other Departments Making Our Community More Sustainable
Soil, Water & Waste
Planning & Development
- City-County Planning Department
- City Department of Community Development
- City Neighborhood Improvement Services Department
- City Public Works Department