As Cary grows, the Town is staying focused on maintaining the features that make our community a great place to live. From neighborhood improvement programs to implementing energy efficiency in municipal buildings, learn more about what the Town is doing to keep Cary green and healthy.
In late 2016 Cary participated in a pilot to input data on 21 municipal sustainability indicators standardized by an organization called STAR Communities. This website allows you to compare sustainability metrics across communities.
Cary Green Neighborhood ProjectThanks to a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, staff is working on rolling out an effort to engage seven neighborhoods in an effort to "go green" at the household level and build stronger community ties.
Cary Garden for Wildlife Program
The Town is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation to encourage residents, organizations, and schools to certify their yards and outdoor spaces as wildlife habitats. The Cary Garden for Wildlife Program shows how easy it is to support wildlife, like birds, bees, and butterflies by providing: 1) Food, such as a bird feeder, 2) Water, a bird bath for example 3) Cover, and Places to Raise Young, like a nesting box or dense shrubs, and 4) Sustainable Gardening Practices, like using mulch or native plants. Each certified space will receive recognition from the NWF, and more importantly you will help keep wildlife and the environment healthy in Cary.
The Town has a long-standing commitment to tree preservation, care, and maintenance. In fact we have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for many years.
Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program
The Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program provides small matching grants as an incentive for neighborhood residents interested in projects that will improve the neighborhood and community at large. Eligible neighborhood organizations can receive up to $5,000 for qualified projects. Examples of funded projects include community gardens, tree planting, and environmental restoration. Learn more about how the planning department has put these grants to work in the community.
Fire Station #8: The Town’s First Green Building
The Town of Cary strives for fiscal and environmental stewardship through the use of green building practices. Fire Station 8, which serves both Fire and Police Departments in the western part of Cary, is the Town’s first green/high performing building. The facility saves money in the long term by using energy efficient building systems and solar energy features. Learn more about Fire Station 8.
The Town of Cary was awarded the prestigious Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities Award. This grant enabled the Town to work on fire- and police-related energy projects, including Fire Station #8.
Land Development Ordinance
The Town of Cary has a Land Development Ordinance to guide the development of land and help plan for growth. Those interested in development in Cary or just interested in understanding land use in the Town can review the Land Development Ordinance.
Specific information on chapters related to sustainability:
- Trees, Chapter 7, Section 2.5
- Stormwater Management, Chapter 7, Section 3
- Connectivity, Chapter 7, Section 10
- Mixed Use District, Chapter 4, Section 5.2
Open Space Plan
The Town is committed to preserving its natural resources and and open space. To that end, the Town has conducted an inventory of its open space in an effort to determine which areas are threatened, develop options for conservation designs, and gather input from the community. Learn more about the Open Space Plan and find out how you can get engaged with the open space planning process.
Mixed Use Centers
The Town supports mixed use centers as a way to bring together people using retail, office, and institutional spaces. These mixed use centers are typically located in high- and medium-density residential areas.