Environmental Initiatives

Both the City and County of Durham are committed to vigorously pursuing sustainable practices in their operations. Initiatives include:
  • There are 4 downtown public parking garages and the South Durham Water Reclamation Facility using energy efficient LED lighting.
  • 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 Fleet Management Department 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 8 LEED buildings and 1 awaiting designation. The City-owned Durham Performing Arts Center was constructed to meet high environmental standards.
  • A City environmentally preferred purchasing policy and employee expectation policy guides purchasing and use of the most environmentally friendly products possible.
Other Departments Making Our Community More Sustainable
Soil, Water & Waste
Open Space
Planning & Development
Transportation