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Nature never stops, and neither does Root Nashville! Despite the COVID curveball, Root Nashville hit the significant milestone of 10,000 trees planted - on track to achieve 500,000 trees by 2050.
Walk Bike Nashville presents guidelines and tips for staying active and getting some fresh air while maintaining social distancing.
Metro Nashville's Sustainability Advisory Committee will serve to review and advise Metro's sustainability plans and policies.
NLFC is now accepting proposals for buildings that could benefit from pro-bono Living Building Challenge design services.
Metro Nashville is accepting community feedback on legislation that would require the planting and maintaining of street trees in certain circumstances. The survey is open until March 05, 2020.
75,000 acres in East Tennessee may now be susceptible to the harmful strip mining practices that it was once protected from.
Read more about the threat here.
Noticing mobility issues in your neighborhood? TURBO can help! Submit a request and learn more about the organization here.
A lawsuit against the city of Clarksville was filed late January under the Clean Water Act.
With air advisory warnings steadily increasing each year, the proposed reduction of vehicle emissions testing may be cause for concern.
You may recognize one of the winners -- Ginger Rose-Krueck of Nashville nonprofit GROW Enrichment was a TWIG speaker last year and led our Dragonboat team as drummer!
"A national pro-transit group is offering a comprehensive look-back at why Nashville voters rejected a mass transit plan two years ago, and offering sharp critiques of the administration of former Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce."
Metro Water Services Receives a Perfect Score from State Regulators
An unannounced audit of Metro Water's operations resulted in 599 out of 599 points earned across the board. Well done, MWS!
Read the full press release here.
Climbers Permanently Protect Hell’s Kitchen
The Hell’s Kitchen bouldering area outside Chattanooga, Tennessee is now a permanently protected area within Cumberland Trail State Park.
Vanderbilt, NES, TVA, and Silicon Ranch Partner on Landmark Renewable Energy Deal
"A landmark agreement announced Wednesday between Nashville Electric Service, Vanderbilt University, and the Tennessee Valley Authority will bring new, large-scale renewable energy to the Tennessee Valley through TVA’s Green Invest program."
Read more here.
The Nature Conservancy's 2019 Tennessee Impact Report
From 253,000 acres acquired within the Cumberland Forest to wildlife tracking technology, view the leaps and bounds of progress that the Nature Conservancy made last year in Tennessee here.
Mayor Cooper Announces Multiple Initiatives to Combat Climate Change and Promote Sustainability, Signs Global Covenant of Mayors
Click here to view the press release.
Pallets turned into compost bins
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices has been able to give old pallets new life as part of the Green Schools Program. The pallets are part of a program where elementary students learn about food waste and composting onsite.
Learn more about the program here.
Vanderbilt analyzes the future of transportation
The failure of a transit resolution for Nashville in 2018 mirrored what was happening in other areas of the country. A long term solution will need many different solutions. Learn more about the future of transportation here, and check out these ways that Vanderbilt is furthering mobility around campus:
VandyRide - van routes
Ridehail pick up and drop off - designated locations for uber and lyft
Walk and Roll Loop - a multi year project to design a multi modal pathway encircling the perimeter of campus
Scooter and bike parking - designated areas to improve parking and make sure walkways are clear for accessibility
Electric golf carts - for those with mobility and accessibility needs
21 Video Stories of Americans dealing with the effects of climate change
American Climate is a new project from Inside Climate News. Check out this new series showing the scientific data and specific stories of recent extreme weather events.
Davidson County Long-Term Zero Waste Master Plan
Metro Nashville Public Works and Davidson County Solid Waste Region Board are working to create a long-term Solid Waste Master Plan with the ultimate goal of achieving zero waste to landfill in the future! The purpose of the Master Plan is to evaluate Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s existing waste management system and provide options to improve and enhance the system and increase waste reduction and diversion.
Check out the full plan documents and other resources here.