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 The NCLM Green Challenge 

Join the many N.C. cities and towns that have accepted the Green Challenge

The League is once asking member cities and towns to participate in the NCLM Green Challenge or to strive for higher certification in the program.

The NCLM Green Challenge recognizes the commitment of cities and towns to preserve natural resources and the many innovative and exciting projects underway to save energy, resources and money. So far, more than 90 N.C. cities and towns have taken up the League's Green Challenge, receiving recognition for their energy, natural resource and money-saving operations.

Cities and towns may apply for a Green Challenge award (Level One, Intermediate or Advanced) at any time during the year, receive the award if qualified and also are honored at the League's annual conference.

To achieve Level One status, a city or town with a population under 10,000 must pass a resolution indicating participation in the Challenge, and then must complete at least two of the five measures outlined under Level One. Cities with a population of 10,000 or above must complete at least three of the five measures.

A town or city must complete the required number of activities in Level One before moving to a higher level of Intermediate or Advanced. But a city or town may request to receive the Level One designation and a higher level designation at the same time. For example, a town may have completed the required activities at level one and, in addition, undertaken projects that will qualify it for the Intermediate or Advanced Level as well.

Intermediate and Advanced level certification is based on a points system. Municipalities (again, broken down by under-10,000 in population or 10,000 and above) can earn points based on a number of measures, such as establishing an energy manager position within the city or town, establishing a LEED policy for all new government facilities, implementing a procurement policy of a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content for everyday office paper use, establishing a community-wide recycling collection program, adopting an anti-idling policy for government fleet vehicles, and much more.

The NCLM Green Challenge was the idea several years ago of then-NCLM President Susan Burgess, Charlotte council member, as a way to honor those municipalities that have taken the initiative to conserve energy and natural resources at the local government level.

The League is pleased to offer the NCLM Green Challenge, a program to recognize municipal activities and accomplishments in saving energy, natural resources and money. 

The Green Challenge Guide (PDF) describes a number of "green" activities, and there is an opportunity for you to receive credit for other innovative or special accomplishments.

Click here for the NCLM Green Challenge tally sheet (PDF).

If you have questions, please contact Najuma Thorpe.

 

All Green Challenge Communities

  • Albemarle Level One, 2008
  • Archdale Level One, 2008; Advanced 2009*
  • Asheville Level One, 2008; Advanced 2009
  • Bald Head Island Level One, 2010
  • Banner Elk Level One, 2008
  • Beech Mountain Level One, 2008
  • Belmont Level One, 2008
  • Benson Level One, 2008; Intermediate 2009
  • Black Creek Intermediate, 2009
  • Black Mountain Level One 2010; Advanced, 2010
  • Blowing Rock Level One 2009; Intermediate, 2010
  • Boone Level One, 2008; Intermediate 2010; Advanced, 2011
  • Brevard Level One, 2008
  • Canton Level One, 2008
  • Carolina Shores Level One, 2008
  • Carrboro Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Cary Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2010
  • Chapel Hill Level One, 2008;  Advanced, 2009
  • Charlotte Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Cherryville Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Concord Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009; Advanced 2010 
  • Conover Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Cornelius Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Cramerton Level One, 2008
  • Davidson Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Dillsboro Level One, 2008
  • Dunn  Level One, 2009
  • Durham Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009*
  • Eden Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Elon Level One, 2010
  • Emerald Isle Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Erwin Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Fayetteville Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2011
  • Franklin Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Franklinton Level One, 2008
  • Garner Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Gastonia Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Goldsboro Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2010
  • Granite Falls Level One, 2008
  • Greenville Level One, 2008;  Intermediate, 2009; Advanced, 2010 
  • Hendersonville Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009; Advanced, 2011
  • Hickory Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • High Point Level One, 2008
  • Hillsborough Level One, 2008
  • Holden Beach Level One, 2008
  • Huntersville Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Kannapolis Level One, 2008
  • Kernersville Level One, 2010
  • Kill Devil Hills Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2010
  • Knightdale Level One, 2010
  • Lenoir Level One, 2008
  • Lewisville Level One, 2008
  • Lexington Level One, 2008;  Intermediate, 2009; Advanced, 2011 
  • Maiden Level One, 2008
  • Manteo Level One, 2010; Advanced, 2010
  • Marion Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Marshville Level One, 2008
  • Matthews Level One, 2008
  • Mocksville Level One, 2008
  • Monroe Level One, 2008
  • Montreat Level One, 2008
  • Morehead City Level One, 2008
  • Morganton Level One, 2008
  • Morrisville Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Mount Pleasant Level One, 2008
  • Navassa Level One, 2010; Advanced 2010
  • New London Level One, 2008
  • Newton Level One, 2008;  Advanced, 2009
  • North Wilkesboro Level One, 2010; Intermediate, 2010; Advanced 2011
  • Oak Island Level One, 2009; Intermediate, 2011 
  • Oxford, Level One, 2011; Intermediate, 2011
  • Pinehurst Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2010
  • Raeford Level One, 2008
  • Raleigh Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • River Bend Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Rocky Mount Level One, 2010; Intermediate, 2010
  • Rural Hall Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Salisbury Level One, 2008
  • Selma Level One, 2011; Intermediate, 2011
  • Snow Hill Level One, 2008
  • Southern Pines Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Southern Shores Level One, 2008
  • Statesville Level One, 2008
  • Tarboro Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Trinity Level One, 2008
  • Tryon Level One, 2008
  • Wake Forest Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Waynesville Level One, 2008; Intermediate, 2009
  • Weaverville Level One 2011; Intermediate 2011
  • White Lake Level One, 2008
  • Whiteville Level One, 2008
  • Wilkesboro Level One, 2008 
  • Williamston Level One, 2010
  • Wilmington, Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Winston-Salem, Level One, 2008; Advanced, 2009
  • Woodfin Sanitary Dist. Level One, 2008

Susan M. Burgess Sustainability Awards

2012 - Concord

2011 - Conover & Wilmington

2010 - Archdale & Durham