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Presentation and Outreach Resources

The City of Raleigh engages in education and outreach activities in an effort to keep residents, universities, civic organizations and other interested parties informed about programs, initiatives, and accomplishments. Education, outreach and resource sharing provide opportunities to foster partnerships, provide training and engage in community building.

Many departments within the City of Raleigh have staff available to speak with schools, civic groups, neighborhood associations, Scout troops and other groups in the community about environment and sustainability related topics. Staff members also welcome the opportunity to participate in school science fairs, career days, and Earth Day events.

Sustainable Home Program

The Sustainable Home Program introduces ideas and actions Raleigh residents can implement immediately using low-cost, easy-to-use techniques to save energy and reduce utility bills. The community-focused, education-driven program is administered through the City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability and is available to homeowners and renters. The 1-hour presentation includes demonstrations, tips and information on weatherization, energy efficiency, green cleaning, water conservation, recycling and landscaping. Handouts include the Green Cleaning pamphlet, the Home Energy brochure, and a Refrigerator graphic that shows the best way to stock your refrigerator.  Presentations, along with supplies, are free to groups of 20 or more adults.

For more details or to schedule a presentation, contact Paula Stroup at 919-996-4256. Please allow 1-hour for the presentation.

Greener Holidays

Consumer waste increases during the holiday season. We have a number of tips for you to reduce and manage waste; shop sustainably (select sustainable plants, products and gifts); and manage energy consumption as you celebrate the holidays. And as an added treat, here's a holiday "Wrapping Rap" submitted by Abbie Emory.

Downtown Raleigh Sustainability Walking Tour

The self-guided 2-mile walking tour of downtown Raleigh highlights the three spheres of sustainability: Economic Strength, Environmental Stewardship and Social Equity. Tour stops include: Raleigh Convention Center, solar powered electric vehicle charging station, Shaw University, and solar LED lights.

Take the Tour

Composting, Waste Reduction, and Recycling

Solid Waste Services staff are available to provide presentations on waste reduction, recycling, backyard composting, and vermicomposting. In addition, staff can provide literature or advice to Girl and Boy Scouts working on environmental badges. The education specialist will tailor a program to meet the needs of any group, from kindergarten students through senior citizens.

Please contact Amanda Astor, Community Education Specialist, at 919-996-6973 for more information.

Energy Conservation and Awareness

Learn how the City of Raleigh is reducing energy consumption and how you can apply those concepts personally as well as professionally.

Please contact Suzanne Walker for more information.

Reuse Water

Public Utilities staff are available to provide presentations on the new application of using reuse water Reuse water is wastewater treated to a high level and used for non-potable purposes such as irrigation, toilet flushing, and power washing. Presentations can focus on explaining what reuse water is, how using it can help save water, and what reuse water can be used for. Staff can customize a program to meet the needs of any group or school within the Raleigh utility service areas including Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Knightdale and Zebulon.

Please contact Marla Dalton for more information.

Learn about Reuse Water

Stormwater and Stream Life

The quality of stormwater runoff continues to have a significant impact on our streams and aquatic habitats. Learn how you can improve the environment and protect our streams from pollution. Education specialists within the Stormwater Management Division are available to give a wide variety of presentations ranging from general stormwater pollution awareness, identifying and preventing illicit discharges, and the bugs that actually live in streams and how they are used as a way to measure stream health. Staff will tailor the presentation or activity to meet the needs of your group and is available for any group or school within the Raleigh City limits.

Please contact Carmela Teichman for more information.

Learn about Stormwater Management

Public Transportation

GoRaleigh can provide speakers about topics ranging from How to Ride the Bus to the Future of Transit in our Area. The presentations are appropriate for groups as diverse as elementary students, community service clubs, senior citizens, and professional groups.

Please contact marketing at GoRaleigh for more information.

Learn about GoRaleigh

Wastewater and Biosolids

Public Utilities staff are available to provide presentations on the wastewater system and the biosolids program, including the Biosolids Environmental Management System. Presentations are also available on the Fats, Oils and Grease program and the sanitary sewer collection system, which includes the Sanitary Sewer Reporting Rewards Program. Staff will tailor a program to meet the needs of any group or school within the Raleigh utility service areas including Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Knightdale, and Zebulon.

Please contact Ed Buchan for more information.

Elementary Groups and Scouts

The Office of Sustainability staff are available to talk with elementary school age children about conservation, environmental issues and energy efficiency as it applies to their everyday world. Ideas and tools that will empower and challenge the young people are provided to help them understand how activities and choices impact the environment and resources. The presentations focus on hands-on learning and take away activities such as the Conservation Pledge and the Planet Earth Word Search.

Green Business Challenge

The Triangle Green Business Challenge encourages area businesses and commercial building owners to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their day-to-day operations. The Green Business Challenge assists companies in discovering and implementing green measures such as reduction on energy usage, water consumption and waste.

Learn More about Green Business Challenge


The Office of Sustainability has produced several videos and created a video library to provide insight, education and outreach to residents, local businesses, and others that includes training videos, an overview of the Office, sustainability vignettes and more.

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