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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Tennessee Environmental Council works on a broad range of projects related to the conservation and improvement of  land, air, water, energy and transportation.

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Join Our Fun Annual Holiday Mixer on December 6

If you're close enough to Nashville to make it, please come to our annual Holiday Mixer and enjoy a festive evening of food and drink with Council staff, board members, volunteers, friends and supporters. WHEN: Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm WHERE: Von...

Become a Monthly Donor–Get Béla and Abigail’s New Album or Frist Tickets

We are giving away Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn's new album "Echo In The Valley" or 2 adult admission tickets to the Frist to the next 11 people who become monthly donors (at any level)! Hurry and sign up before they're all gone!  

Let’s Take a Selfie!…With Our Planted Tree Day Trees!

Will you take a selfie pic or video of YOU next to one of the trees you planted during 50K or 100K Tree Day and email it to us today or this week? This will give others a chance to see your tree as it looks today, and your enthusiasm as a participant. We will use...

Did you participate in 100K Tree Day 2017?

Tell us about your trees! If you participated in 100K Tree Day in February 2017, we want to know how your trees are doing. Click on the link below to take a brief survey (survey closes October 31st): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jkf88vy

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...
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