PEA is dedicated to promoting environmental policies and practices at the local level to help drive big, systematic change in our region. Our efforts include:
Eliminating Styrofoam Lunch Trays in WS/FC Schools
Not only do styrofoam lunch trays contribute to the huge global problem of single-use plastic, they also release harmful chemicals when exposed to heat. PEA took action by convening members of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board and collecting more than 175 messages of support collected from community members. The school board moved to eliminate styrofoam from lunch rooms district wide, transitioning to all reusable and compostable lunch trays instead.
100% Renewable Energy Resolutions
In 2020, PEA joined forces with advocates from Sierra Club Foothills Group, Citizens Climate Lobby, NC Climate Solutions Coalition, the Poor People's Campaign, and The Climate Reality Project WS to pass resolutions in both Forsyth County and the City of Winston-Salem to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. . Click here to read the full City of Winston-Salem resolution.
Green Business Network
Did you know that nearly half of U.S. consumers say they would change their consumption habits to reduce environmental impact? If you're like us, then you value businesses that are committed to protecting our environment and improving local sustainability. That's why we launched the Piedmont Environmental Alliance Green Business Network.
PEA's Green Business Network is an innovative program designed to help people in our community identify sustainable businesses while providing a roadmap to sustainability to local business owners.
With more people than ever growing fresh food at home, PEA has partnered with NC Cooperative Extension, H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem, and other local food pantries to help connect children and families who are facing food insecurity with produce from local gardens. Community members can sign up to donate produce from their home gardens to H.O.P.E of Winston-Salem or sign up to volunteer at a community garden where produce is donated locally to reduce food insecurity. All donations are contactless and no gardening experience is required to volunteer.
Waste Reduction Initiatives
PEA consults with local community members, businesses, and non-profits to transition to lower waste practices.
Do you want to host a low-waste event or transition to lower waste practices at your business, home or non-profit?
Lunch & Learns + Webinars
In spring 2020, PEA launched a series of quarterly lunch and learns on popular environmental topics. These informative, adult learning opportunities provide expert knowledge on issues that our community wants to learn more about. In response to COVID-19, PEA has shifted from in-person Lunch-and-Learns to interactive, webinar events that community members can participate in from home.
Business Members and Sponsors
As a hyperlocal and community-funded organization, Piedmont Environmental Alliance relies on the support of our local businesses who are working together with us to help create a more just, resilient, and sustainable community. Thank you to our wonderful business members and sponsors who make our work possible!
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