|GROWING ECONOMIC PROSPERITY THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Sustainability is the ability to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This requires cooperation between sectors and long term thinking.
Regardless of varying personal views on environmental issues, conserving resources and energy makes sense on a basic level: it saves money and positively impacts our health.
Integrating best practices for sustainability into how the City of Knoxville does business is driven by logic and economics. Does it make sense for our community? Will it improve our quality of life? Is there a funding source available?
Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated as we continually strive to improve.
Energy and Sustainability Initiative: 2014 Work Plan & Emissions Inventory Update [PDF]
Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up
Acting as if Tomorrow Matters
Sustainability and the US EPA
Home Retrofit Programs
Home Energy Efficiency Program
Commercial Retrofit Lending
Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
Sustainable Purchasing Guide [PDF]
Citizens Guide to Sustainability [PDF]
Air Quality [PDF]
Energy Conservation [PDF]
Land Use [PDF]
Sustainable Food [PDF]
Water Conservation [PDF]
CITY ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT LOCATIONS
||620 Winona St.
|Civic Coliseum Garage (w/solar)
||500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
|Ijams Nature Center
||2915 Island Home Ave.
|Jackson Ave. Lot (under viaduct)
|Market Square Garage (w/solar)
||406 Walnut St.
||1400 Cherokee Blvd.
|State Street Garage
|Victor Ashe Park
||4901 Bradshaw Rd
|West Hills Park
||410 N Winston Rd.
|TIMELINE OF PROJECTS
Mayor appointed the City's first Energy and Sustainability Task Force
Transit Center designed for LEED platinum certification (green roof, geothermal, solar)
City upgraded stoplights to LED, avoiding $250,000 annually in energy costs
City piloted LED streetlight project on Wall Ave. with Beta fixtures in partnership with TVA
Community and government data gathering began for energy baseline inventory
Knoxville won DOE Solar City Designation
DOE funded Sustainability Coordinator position for 2 years
$300,000 in grant and leveraged funds designated to grow the local solar economy
2,326 contractors trained in solar and renewable energy applications
Local solar capacity rose from ~30 kW to over 1 MW during 3 year life of solar grant
Energy Baseline Inventory and Reduction Goals document was released
Recovery Act funded Program Manager and ~$2,000,000 for energy and sustainability projects
$19,000,000 13 year guaranteed savings energy performance contract executed
146 Contractors trained in green building best practices and energy code updates
99 city facility retrofits completed, generating $1,100,000 annual energy savings
Fire Stations updated with new HVAC units
Curbside recycling for 20,000 implemented
19 middle income homes retrofitted for energy efficiency
Single stream recycling begins in city facilities
City's first Energy & Sustainability Work Plan is created with 6 working groups
$270,000 in energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives launched
Co-authored the EPA Green Book with the National Academies
Co-authored Accelerating Transition to Sustainability book with Environmental Law Inst.
Founded Southeast Sustainability Director's Network with Asheville, NC
DOE SunShot: Rooftop Solar Challenge won and started
Implementation of 12 items from City Energy & Sustainability Work Plan began
Became an official, locally funded Office of Sustainability
Convention Center LEED certified
Installed the 90 kW 3rd party solar model at the convention center
Became a DOE Better Buildings Challenge Partner
Installed 24 public electric vehicle charging stations in partnership with DOE & ORNL
Began monthly measurement and verification of local energy consumption
Pathway Lending Mayor's Challenge announced: $10,000,000 designated for Knoxville
Won IBM Smart City Challenge for residential energy efficiency measures
Top 20 for Bloomberg Mayors Challenge for urban agriculture food corridor idea
Became an Earth Hour City Challenge participant with World Wildlife Fund
Won TDEC Infrastructure grant application for new stormwater permitting best practices
Mayor received 2012 USGBC Green Leader Award, Advocacy Award to Office of Sustainability
Zipcar car share program launched in downtown and campus
City received 2013 TVA Green Power Switch Award for Community of the Year
Mayor received 2013 Energy Leadership - Public Service award from the Energy Efficiency Forum
Knoxville awarded Platinum Certification in TVA's "Valley Sustainable Communities" program
IBM delivered Roadmap to Residential Energy Efficiency, followed by launch of Smarter Cities Partnership
Urban Ag Corridor legal review began and part time staff support plan established
Participated as benchmark community for ACEEE's Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool
Contracted with EnerNOC to participate in TVA's DemandSMART program at the Civic Coliseum
Mayor appointed to White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness & Resilience
Released 2014 Energy & Sustainability Work Plan & Emissions Inventory Update
Wrapped up Sustainable Communities HUD grant (PlanET)
Selected as Quarterfinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize
Leading Smarter Cities Partnership to improve the comfort, quality, and affordability of homes through energy efficiency
Incentivize commuting in city employee benefits
Assisting with planning of Tennessee River Tour clean-up event in April, 2015
Draft proposed ordinance changes to accommodate urban agriculture
Install solar at Jacob Building through third-party financing
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