Picture Credit: Marty, ranger at Warriors Path State Park provided photos of birds and middle photo by Chad Himes.
The Sustainable Communities section seeks to connect citizens, small businesses, and local governments with their partners to create synergy and ensure equal access to our shared resources. The section provides direction and assistance to promote quality growth, healthy lifestyles, and economic vitality across Tennessee.
The Sustainable Communities program was created to improve communication, recognition and financial opportunities for Tennessee. The program is available to enhance the emerging network of sustainability organizations and efforts throughout the state. With limited resources and leaner budgets, various entities find themselves in a competitive struggle for grants, resources, recognition and information. The Sustainable Communities program will bridge the gap with fundamental coordination and assistance to government, communities and educational organizations by fostering information sharing and recognition to motivate outstanding sustainable performance. The program will help secure the competitive economic edge while protecting the environment and insuring a healthy future for all Tennesseans.
The Sustainable Communities program strives to link the three interrelated pillars of sustainability; economic vitality, social/health, and environmental protection into all community efforts, networks, and assistance.
New - Tennessee Connection of Sustainable Communities
Please join our voluntary listserv which was developed to serve communities with pertinent information, options and resources to promote sustainability.
Customers enjoy the comfort and convenience of traveling by air but are often discouraged by the negative environmental impact of those flights. Many airports are exploring options of how they can provide a more eco-friendly experience while actively implementing projects which are resulting in substantial monetary savings. Although these projects are more abundant at larger airports, the Tri-Cities Regional Airport is also incorporating many of these same principles in their daily operations.
See selected web resources for more information on sustainable communities in the sections of Social/Health, Environment and Economic issues, along with General helpful links.
Social/Health Issues Resources
Environmental Epidemiology Information
Environmental Health Information Service
Environmental Justice Scorecard
Health in All Policies - American Public Health Association (APHA)
Smart Growth Toolbox