Tennessee Environmental Council

Educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities, and public health


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Tennessee Environmental Council

Our Mission: Educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities, and public health since 1970. Our Vision: A Tennessee that embraces natural resources as the backbone of our communities, economy and quality of life for all present and future generations.

Tennessee is one of the most biodiverse inland states in the nation. Our natural resources form the backbone of our economy, quality of life and heritage. For over forty years, the Council has been working to protect the environment in Tennessee. The Council’s efforts have been successful in protecting the Great Smoky Mountains, cleaning up the Pigeon River, reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants, and preventing degradation of high quality streams and the globally significant Duck River Watershed. We have twice been awarded the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

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R!VIVE! Nashville

R!vive! Nashville is a movement initiated by the Nashville Waterways Consortium in an effort to revitalize Nashville's streams and rivers. There are over 600 miles of rivers and streams in Davidson county. Out of 500 assessed miles, 51% are considered unhealthy. This...

Support the Council by Becoming a Monthly Donor!

One of the best ways to support the Council is to become a Sustaining Monthly Member!  Having a consistent source of income allows us to do our best work, as our projects require both short and long term planning.  Your monthly donations allow us to put our budgets to...

Lytle Creek Restoration Project

Tennessee Environmental Council actively engages communities in watershed restoration projects that are vital to quality of life.  Vital because they ensure the sustainability and health of our waterways for decades to come.  The Council's current project is the Lytle...