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Sustainable Communities

Picture Credit: Brenda Tate, a nature enthusiast from East Tennessee provided photos of bee and a bluebird. Photo by Harold Madison.


Jan Compton
(423) 854-5417

Harold Madison
(615) 532-0097

Mark Penland
(865) 594-5512

Vaughn Cassidy
(731) 512-1343

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Mission Statement

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.

Resources/Helpful Links:

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.

State Resources
Air Permit Application Forms
TN Air Quality Information
TN Water Quality Information

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

Environmental Resources
Green Power Locator
Water Quality Scorecard
Environmental News Network

Economic Resources
National Center for Environmental Economics
Database of Environmental Information for Products and Services
Green Consumer Guide
U.S Green Building Council

General Resources
EPA on Sustainability
EPA Action Planning Guide