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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day with City of Raleigh Wildlife and Pollinator Program City of Raleigh's Community Climate Action Plan Sustainable Stormwater Invasive Species Program Upcoming Programs

Celebrate Earth Day with City of Raleigh

On April 22, 1970, people across the United States came together to create new ways to protect and sustain Earth’s environment. Fifty-two years later, Earth Day continues to bring communities together to protect, improve, and celebrate our planet.  

Read on to discover ways to learn, get involved and celebrate with the City of Raleigh this Earth Day as we Invest in Our Planet.

Wildlife and Pollinator Program

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In March 2021, Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin signed the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge joining hundreds of other U.S. communities committed to creating habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and educating residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community. 

To learn more about pollinators, the benefits of pollinators, what the city is doing to help pollinators, and how you can join our effort, click the following link.

City of Raleigh's Community Climate Action Plan

Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) aims to reduce City-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2050.

The City's first community-wide plan for action was released in 2021 and was developed with the help of experts, leaders, community organizations, and City staff. The Plan looks at Raleigh’s sources of emissions and offers strategies to reduce them.

The CCAP lays out a plan for Raleigh to:

  • Reduce GHG emissions from energy use, transportation and waste
  • Build community resilience to the impacts of climate change
  • Support climate equity in Raleigh

For more information visit, Raleigh’s CCAP.

Sustainable Stormwater

A rain garden with tall, green plants and yellow flowers that soaks up water when it rains.

The City is taking steps to bring more green stormwater infrastructure to Raleigh. Natural elements, like plants and soil, store water and filter pollution from stormwater runoff when it rains. This will help reduce water pollution to our streams and lakes.

Do you want to help protect the environment and get paid to do it? You can - right from your home or business! Raleigh Rainwater Rewards offers up to 90 percent reimbursement for rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, permeable pavement, and more.

This program is a simple way to help the environment and make a fun, community-centered space. We offer up to 90 percent reimbursement for projects that manage the rainwater coming from your property. These projects reduce water pollution, conserve water, and save you money.

Projects may include:

• Plant a garden that cleans rainwater from your parking lot

• Irrigate a community space using rainwater collected in a cistern

• Replace parking lots and sidewalks with eco-friendly pavement

• Turn concrete areas into green space for activities Interested in a project?

For additional resources click the following links:

Read with Storm Water

Become a Stormwater Volunteer

Invasive Species Program

Green kudzu leaves overgrown


The Invasive Species Program was created to assist with the management of invasive species within the Raleigh Parks System. The program serves as a resource to manage infestations, prevent introductions, and provide educational opportunities to all citizens.

Do you want to help preserve Raleigh's precious green spaces? Join the Habitat Heroes Program.

Activity Resources for Families:

Learning about Water pollution

Invasive Invaders Activity Sheets

Let's Explore


Eggshell Seed Starter

City Nature Challenge



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