Sustainability Initiatives List


  • 2015 City of Raleigh Environmental Award in Green Building Design for Southern Wake Campus’s Montague Hall
  • 2014 City of Raleigh Environmental Award in Institutional Innovation for the Northern Wake Campus’s Building E
  • $10,000.00 Wake County Solid Waste grant for recycling program and campaign
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber Large Business Sustainability Award
  • 2009 City of Raleigh Environmental Award in Green Design for Northern Wake Campus
  • Northern Wake Campus Building “E” received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Sustainability for Northern Wake Campus
  • Triangle Business Journal Green Award for Northern Wake Campus
  • Innovation of the Year Award from the League of Innovation in Community College
  • Smith Seal of NC Large Business Sustainability Award from the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce 


  • 392 outdoor lights changed to LED beginning in 2015
  • Northern Wake Campus Building F, on track for LEED Silver Certification, opened in 2015
  • 1,300 Solar Panels installed on roof of Wake Tech’s Public Safety Education Campus
  • Solar thermal panels installed on Public Safety Education Campus
  • Northern Wake Campus: First all LEED college or university campus in the nation
  • Wake Tech has 2 LEED and 3 LEED Gold Certified buildings.
  • All new construction projects will be built to LEED Silver standards.
  • Landscape Services green initiatives include leaf recycling, limbs and branches mulching, and tree preservation
  • Extensive green cleaning policies and procedures in place for the college
  • Developed long-term Water Efficiency plan
  • Environmental Policy signed in 2006
  • Declaration of Temperature Settings
  • Sustainable Energy Plan
  • Energy Conservation & Awareness Committee established in 2006


  • Ongoing professional development sessions at Wake Tech conferences (including topics of transportation, integrating sustainability into curriculum, general sustainability at Wake Tech, and more)
  • Energy Training House, built to provide hands-on training for jobs in sustainable energy, opened at Wake Tech’s Eastern Wake Education Center.
  • Wake Tech became the first Community College in North Carolina to offer MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), giving students more online course options rather than needing to drive to campus.
  • Wake Tech Curriculum Education Services served 14,865 online students in 2013-2014
  • Wake Tech & City of Raleigh Green Building Training Program hosted Solar Panel Installation on Northern Wake Campus


  • Zeroing Ozone Output Measures (ZOOM) alternative transportation initiative
  • GoSmart Partners group within the Transportation Demand Management Grant
  • GoRaleigh GoPass program added in August, 2016
  • Four electric vehicle charging stations - two on Southern Wake Campus and two on Northern Wake Campus
  • Express bus route (GoRaleigh 40X) to Southern Wake Campus is free for students and employees with valid Wake Tech ID.
  • GoRaleigh's 25L bus added bus stop on Northern Wake Campus outside of Building E in January 2016
  • Premiere low-emission vehicle and carpool parking spaces on Southern Wake Campus, Perry Health Sciences Campus, Western Wake Campus, Northern Wake Campus and Public Safety Education Campus
  • 6 new carpool spots added on Southern Wake Campus, 10 new carpool spots added on Northern Wake Campus and 2 new carpool spots added on Western Wake Campus in 2016
  • Designated parking spaces for veterans and their dependents added in 2016
  • Nationally recognized as a Best Workplaces for Commuters location in February, 2016
  • Membership in ACT


  • 500+ ZOOM reusable grocery bags donated to Wake Tech’s Food Bank project
  • Signatory of American College and University’s President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
  • Membership in AASHE