A look at the community change over time in Winston-Salem as related to the built environment with particular emphasis on the effect on the African American Community and food access.
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As was reported last week in the Winston-Salem Journal, Alta Planning + Design delivered a final set of recommendations for improving safety and access for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders in the two-mile radius surrounding the Reynolda campus. The 88-page report is available to the public.
The report recommends five priority areas for improvement and a set of policies that the university should adopt to support more active modes of transportation.
Results of a campus-wide transportation preferences survey factored into the study results, as did feedback from multiple Winston-Salem community stakeholder meetings, interviews with Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students, and contributions to an interactive study area map and public input session.
The final report was presented to the local urban area transportation advisory committee, to the public at an open meeting for feedback, and to the Wake Forest administration. Proposed improvements involve NC DOT-owned and maintained roadways, locally-owned roadways, and university property. Any improvements will require ongoing cooperation and public-private partnership funding.
At the public meeting, city council members Denise D. Adams and Jeff MacIntosh both expressed support for implementing the recommendations, which would improve safety and enhance opportunities for active modes of transportation in both of their respective wards. The council members urged residents to send letters and emails of support for the projects.
The study was administered by the City-County Planning Board with input and support from the WFU Office of Sustainability. The partnership process has served as a model that could be replicated in other high-traffic areas around Winston-Salem, including other universities, colleges, and hospitals.
By Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, Director of Sustainability
When asked his number one tip for sustainable living, Sustainability Program Manager for Winston-Salem, Wendell Hardin replied, “Start small” – advice he has followed with great success. Just a few years ago, Hardin was serving as the Community Planner for the City of Prescott, Arizona, a job that required his active involvement in water preservation measures in the arid western climate. As he delved deeper into water conservation, colleagues began to associate him with this “thing going on around the country called sustainability.”
Extensive study of resource conservation across the country led Hardin to become a co-founder of the first U.S. Green Building Council chapter in Prescott where he was voted by his green building peers to represent the State of Arizona on the USGBC West Regional Council. At a conference in Phoenix attended in this capacity, be became aware of the open position in Winston-Salem. Not long after, he made the journey back to the American South, where his family lived originally.
Since arriving in the city this spring, Hardin has been hard at work building credibility as the city’s first-ever Sustainability Program Manager. At the top of his agenda are greenhouse gas reductions within the city-owned and managed infrastructure as well as public education on the importance of sustainability efforts to the city of Winston-Salem. Key to achieving these goals are plans for urban forests in many of the city’s vacant lots in order to capture large amounts of harmful CO2 emissions as well as the first-ever Go Expo, an exposition aimed at promoting sustainability education to professionals and to a wider, more casual audience of community members.
Like many in his field, Hardin’s dedication to living more sustainably doesn’t stop at 5 p.m. His entire orientation to Winston-Salem is based on his dedication to making as little negative impact on the city as possible. “I want to live in this city and get around in this city based on what it has to offer me,” he said, noting that he chose his home based on its proximity to work and other necessities. “I walk or bike to work most days,” he said (when he’s not taking advantage of the city’s bus routes). “And if it rains, I get wet, and if it snows, I’ll be cold, but that’s the way it is.”
Hardin encourages a similar mindset for every citizen of Winston-Salem. “You don’t just wake up one morning and decide to live completely sustainably. Don’t let your enthusiasm take you down a road that you cannot maintain. If you start small, your actions become a pattern and a way of life and pretty soon, you just do it (live sustainably) every day,” he said.
Caitlin Brooks, Outreach and Communications Intern