Tennessee Environmental Council presented the 2011 Sustainable Tennessee Award to Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis on April 2, 2011 as part of their Green Tie Affair and 40th Anniversary Celebration. The award was presented in recognition of the Mayor and his wife’s commitment to making Nashville one of the greenest cities in the Southeast.
The Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability – formed in 2008 to help ensure that Nashville is a leader in livability and environmental quality in the United States – shows this strong commitment. Anne Davis is a member of the Green Ribbon Committee, and several members of the Committee were on hand to pay tribute to both Anne Davis and Mayor Dean.
John Noel, Advisory Board member of Tennessee Environmental Council, presented the Award to Mayor Dean and Anne Davis and said, “Mayor Dean is more about people than party politics placing his focus on the basis of good governance in best interest of the public. He recognizes a vibrant, healthy community requires a good environment encompassing reliable food , open space and clean energy. [He’s] one of few Mayors reaching beyond the box….. and that’s why Nashville`s a winner.”
“Mayor Dean took on the challenge of growing a city for the future. We all know what cities of the past look like because we live in them. The question we most ask is what should a city of the future look like. Having the Mayor himself support that kind of thinking was and is a huge boost,” added Dave Pelton, Green Ribbon Committee Member, Trust for the Future Board Member and former Mayoral Candidate.
“In preparing the Green Ribbon Council’s recommendations, it was clear Mayor Dean wanted the proposals to be more of a ‘covered dish supper’ with all Nashvillians invited to bring their best ‘recipes’ for our city’s success. And while we were working to set the table, Mayor Dean was definitely busy in the kitchen adding his inspiration and drive to prepare Nashville to fulfill his vision of becoming the greenest city in the south,” said Greer Tidwell, Green Ribbon Committee Member and Director Environmental Management, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC
“The landscape of Middle Tennessee is truly something special. And because we’re a growing city, if we don’t plan to protect it, it’s something that won’t be here for future generations to enjoy,” claimed Mayor Dean in his State of Metro Address in April 2011.
The accomplishments since 2008 have been significant including:
- The creation of the Office of Environment and Sustainability
- In partnership with The Land Trust for Tennessee, Nashville unveiled the first comprehensive open space plan calling for the conservation of 22,000 acres over the next 25 years by the public and private sectors including 3,000 acres of new public park space to be added in the next 10 years.
- Establishing more community gardens throughout the city in conjunction with schools, churches, and neighborhood associations.
- Establishment of the Downtown Code which provides various green building incentives,
- The dedication of Deadrick as a “green street”
- Public Works Retrofitted 85 percent of Nashville traffic lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs.
- The successful “Live on the Green” concert series, and much more.
- Launch of the WeCar downtown car-sharing program and a bike share program which was expanded by 200 bikes in 2011.