Greensboro's Community Sustainability Council was created by the City Council in January 2008 as an advisory group to Council members. The group's task is to present proposals both to City Council and City staff members for ways the City as a government and as a community can better protect our environment.
Greensboro City Council accepted CSC's Sustainability Action Plan in January 2011.
Public outreach and communication is a vital goal for Community Sustainability Council members, who represent all districts in the City and offer a diverse socioeconomic background.
Community Sustainability Council Meetings
The group's quarterly meetings, which are open to the public, take place from 3-5 pm on the second Monday of each third month. The meetings take place in the Plaza Level Conference Room, Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 W. Washington St.
Areas of Interest
- Land use policies that reduce sprawl, preserve open space, and create compact, walkable urban communities with multi-modal transit options
- Transportation options and use of clean renewable energy
- Making energy efficiency a priority through City building improvements and State codes, retrofitting City facilities, purchasing only Energy Star equipment and appliances for City use, and practicing and promoting sustainable building practices
- Increasing average fuel efficiency with municipal fleet vehicles and personal transportation
- Improving pump efficiency in waste and waste water systems
- Preserving and promoting healthy urban forests
- Promoting green business practices and attracting green businesses
- Increasing recycling rates and reducing waste generation
- Promoting personal lifestyle choices that are energy efficient and resource conserving
- Developing local clean energy sources and moving Greensboro towards energy independence
- Educating residents of all ages about these efforts
In August 2007, the Greensboro City Council pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when it voted to support the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
This action officially made Greensboro one of this country's Cool Cities.
The first step the City is taking is estimating what its emissions were in 1990, what emissions are today, and then setting reduction targets for the future. Learn more about current City of Greensboro's green initiatives
Links of Interest