Raleigh is the nation’s most sustainable mid-size city

Posted on 04/13/11 No Comments

Raleigh electric car charging stations - NewRaleigh.comIt may sound like bragging, but the truth is cities in the Triangle just can’t seem to stop winning national recognitions. This time it’s Raleigh, the City of Oaks, being named the nation’s most sustainable mid-sized community by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Sometimes monikers like “sustainable” and “green” can have a pejorative connotation when attached to municipalities, as some assumptions may persist that residents have to live under some sort of draconian environmental policy. In Raleigh, that is far from the case. In fact, few residents even know that the city employs a head of sustainability or has one of only two LEED Silver certified convention centers in the country. In other words, the City does just does it … as opposed to just talking about it.

An N&O article about the recognition mentioned that Raleigh beat 49 other cities and that the $20,000 prize will go toward planting trees throughout area streets. This is the second time a Triangle community has won this award. The other was Chapel Hill-Carrboro.

When accolades pile up, they draw more people into the area, subsequently impacting the housing market. Which is a good thing for us. However, we don’t want the business benefits to be the only things upon which we hang our hats when it comes to living here. It’s a number of things, from the weather to the jobs to the universities and the easy-to-access southeastern beaches.

Why don’t you come join us? In fact, we just listed a terrific home in Raleigh at 708 Richmond St. in North Hills. (Of course, we do enjoy the business benefits … )

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