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Office of Sustainability
City County Building, Room 503
Phone: 865-215-2029
Fax: 865-215-3035

Erin Gill, Director
City County Building
Phone: 865-215-4430

Brian Blackmon, Project Manager
City County Building
Phone: 865-215-2065

07/14/2014 - Notes and Comments from Community Garden Ordinance Public Meeting [PDF]
Recycling Events
Sign up to learn about the Georgetown University Energy Prize
Urban Agriculture Initiative - Zoning Ordinance Proposal [PDF]
Urban Agriculture Initiative - Zoning Amendments [PDF]
Comments on the proposal can be sent to Sustainability@cityofknoxville.org
Sustainability Blog
Community Energy & Sustainability Survey
Solar Knoxville

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
Better Buildings Challenge Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge Smarter Cities Challenge
Tennessee Solar Institute Earth Hour City Challenge
Pathway Lending Sustainable Communities Initiative ZipCar
GUEPUSGBC Green Light Award


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]
Recycling [PDF]
Sustainable Food [PDF]
Water Conservation [PDF]


Name Location Zip Code #
Caswell Park 620 Winona St. 37917 2
Civic Coliseum Garage (w/solar) 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. 37915 6
Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Ave. 37920 2
Jackson Ave. Lot (under viaduct) Jackson Ave. 37915 2
Market Square Garage (w/solar) 406 Walnut St. 37902 4
Sequoyah Park 1400 Cherokee Blvd. 37919 2
State Street Garage State Street 37903 2
Victor Ashe Park 4901 Bradshaw Rd 37912 2
West Hills Park 410 N Winston Rd. 37909 2

Electric Vehicle charging station in Knoxville

• 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

Will Finish
• Draft proposed ordinance changes to accommodate urban agriculture
• Install solar at Jacob Building through third-party financing

  • Task Force Mission and Members
  • Task Force Meeting Documents
  • Task Force Working Groups
  • 2009 Energy Inventory [PDF]
  • 2010 Energy & Sustainability Work Plan [PDF]

    Beardsley Community Farm
    City of Knoxville Greenways
    Discover Life in America
    East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
    Find a Local Farmers' Market
    Green Village Green
    Ijams Nature Center
    Keep Knoxville Beautiful
    Knox County Green Team
    Knoxville Bike Routes from Google
    Knoxville Chamber Green Business Recognition Program
    Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council
    Knoxville Permaculture Guild
    Knoxville Recycling Coalition
    Knoxville Utility Board
    Smart Trips
    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
    Support Green Power in the Tennessee Valley - TVA/KUB’s Green Power Switch
    Take the Energy Star Change a Light Pledge
    Tennessee Clean Water Network
    US Green Building Council - East Tennessee Chapter
    UT Make Orange Green

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