Thursday, October 28, 2010

This Saturday, October 30, the City will host an all-day public workshop to discuss the future of Capital Boulevard. Capital Boulevard is one of the main veins of Raleigh and it sets an important stage for other thoroughfares of the city.
During the workshop, folks will be organized into small groups and each group will focus on a different topic. The topics will include transportation, water, land use and urban design. This workshop will give everyone a chance to work together to conceptualize the possibilities for the future of Capital Boulevard.
The meeting will take place at The Stockroom at 230, in the historic former Carolina Trust Bank Building, at 230 Fayetteveille Street from 9:00-5:00. If you plan to attend, you can register here, or you can arrive a little early on Saturday. Also, more information on the complete project is available here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

City to Collect Cooking Oil and Grease

Beginning November 1, the City will begin collecting your cooking oil and grease along with the rest of your trash and recycling. All you need to do is place your discarded oil in a sealable, non-glass container and put it out with your other trash and recycling. The goal of this project is to keep grease out of our sewer system and convert it to biofuels instead!

The program will run through January 15. Last year, during the same dates, we were able to collect more than 825 gallons of grease!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Public Meeting for Landscape Improvements

This week, the City is hosting a public meeting for proposed improvements to Newton Road. The meeting will take place at the Marsh Creek Community Center on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:00-7:00. Representatives from the City, as well as design consultants will be available to answer any and all questions and thoroughly discuss the proposed changes. Along with Newton Road, upcoming changes to Sunnybrook Road and Rogers Lane will also be discussed.

The following night, Wednesday the 27th, a similar meeting will take place at Carolina Pines Community Center. Wednesday, the proposed landscaping improvements of Tryon Road and Edwards Mill Extension will be discussed.

Both meetings will have an open house format, and more information is available by calling 996-3030.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Neuse River Solar Farm

Today was another exciting day for sustainability in Raleigh! We broke ground on the new 1.3 megawatt solar farm at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The City of Raleigh came together to form a partnership with Southern Energy Management, Progress Energy Carolinas, NxGen Power, and Paragon Commercial Bank in order to bring this project to life.

The solar farm will generate power power that feeds into the Progress Energy grid, and is the seventh of it's kind in the state. Our state is very well positioned to pioneer the shift to clean energy on the east coast, and this project will serve as a model for others in the future.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sustainable Stimulus Projects in Raleigh

Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with our US Congressmen Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller, and David Price. We were able to tour a few projects that were made possible by the ARRA Stimulus Funds that North Carolina was granted last year.

We started the tour at the new Transit Operations Center that is being built on a 23-acre site on Poole Road. More than half of the total cost of the project is covered by ARRA funds, and the facility will be the first of its kind in the nation. The CAT Operations Center will integrate administration and maintenance into one facility, and the facility will also be nominated for LEED Platinum Certification. Some of the sustainable features of the facility include geothermal heating and cooling, reflective roofing and other building materials, sensored light fixtures, a rainwater collection system, and the use of local materials throughout.

After touring the Transit Operations Center, we stopped by the City's Wetlands Center, and then moved on to the Wilder's Grove Solid Waste Services Center. As with the Transit Operations Center, half of the cost of the Solid Waste Services Center is covered by ARRA funds. The Solid Waste Services Center also features geothermal heating and cooling, which is expected to result in a 35-52% energy cost savings! The Solid Waste Services Center is seeking LEED Gold Certification upon completion next Summer.

Our tour concluded at the Upper Neuse Greenway Trail segment at Falls Lake. ARRA funds are being used to complete the Neuse River Trail thru the Johnston County line. All together, the length of the trail is more than 28 miles! Raleigh's greenway system is one of our most treasured projects, it is great to see it keep expanding.

It is great to see Raleigh leading the way for sustainability with our public facilities and projects. I look forward to continuing in the same direction!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Early voting starts today in Wake County! More information is available here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Eat Out for InterAct!

Tomorrow, you all have the opportunity to contribute to a great cause while having a great meal! Tuesday, October 12, Sitti is hosting a fundraiser for InterAct of Wake County. Between 6 and 9pm tomorrow, 10% of the total cost of your meal will go to InterAct.

InterAct is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and assault. InterAct also promotes violence-free relationships and communities through collaboration, public information, education, and advocacy.

InterAct is the only confidential domestic violence prevention program serving Wake County's twelve municipalities. It is imperative that we all show our support to an organization that does so much to support those in need.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Jenkins Business School

A couple of weeks ago, North Carolina State University opened a new campus for the university's College of Management. Jenkin's Business School received a warm welcome to RTP, and I was honored to be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

One of the things that helps to make the triangle such a great place to live is the abundance of options our citizens have when pursuing an education. NCSU's College of Management will be able to serve as a catalyst to bring even more commerce into the triangle, and that is something that is exciting for us all!