Sustainable Tennessee brings individuals, businesses, government groups, non profit organizations, students, educators and others interested in clean air, water, land and energy together to advance priority issues for our state.  Our 7th Annual Sustainable Tennessee Summit will take place at University of Tennessee in Chattanooga on OCTOBER 29, 2013.  This year we are also hosting a second half-day event in Gallatin at Volunteer State Community College on DECEMBER 3, 2013.

Event Highlights 

  • Chattanooga-based businesses, corporations, NGOs and entrepreneurs share their successes, inspiration and insights including:  Volkswagen Group of Americas; EPB;  Thrive 2055;  212 Market;  TN Bun Company; Compost Soil Share; EES Consulting; Collier Construction;  E3 Innovate; Bill Phillips Ecological Consulting, LLC; TN Environmental Council; TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation; City of Chattanooga; and more! Click here for detailed speaker bios! 
  • Learn about campus sustainability initiatives at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   
  • Join us for a full day, half day, for our lunchtime speaker, and/or come out for appetizers and networking at the Flying Squirrel at 5:30pm.
  • Scholarships available for students and free exhibit tables for non-profit organizations  – contact gretchen(at) for info.  

The event will take place at the University Center, located near the intersection of Douglas Street and E. Fifth Street in Chattanooga.  We will be in the Chattanooga Room.  Parking is available across the street on E. 5th Street next to the cemetery.   Affordable and GREEN accommodations at Crash Pad. Here is some detailed information for event registrants.


DRAFT Program

Click here for detailed speaker bios and more information about the presentations.

Click here for a copy of the Event Program.

Time    Speaker 
8:30 -9am Check in and Networking
9am-9:15am Welcome from Chattanooga Mayor, Andy Berke; AND UTC Provost & Sr Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,  A. Jerald Ainsworth
9:15-9:45 John McFadden, Executive Director, Tennessee Environmental Council – Sustainable Tennessee Overview
9:45-10:45 Bill Phillips, Envision Ecology,  Green Corridor Concept for Industrial Park Development;  AND Kaye Fiorella, Volkswagen Group of Americas, Sustainability
10:45-11:15 BREAK – Visit Tables
11:15-12:15 Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB
12:15-12:30 LUNCH Buffet – Fill Plates and Be Seated for Lunch Panel/Forum
12:30-1:30 Bridgett Massengil – Thrive 2055;   Sally Moses – Market 212;
1:30 -2:15 State and City Sustainability Initiatives:   Tyler Jeffry – TDEC Regional Director External Affairs for TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation (TDEC); AND Don Green- City of Chattanooga Water Quality Program; AND Gene Hyde – City Forester, Chattanooga 
2:15-2:45 BREAK- Visit Tables
2:45-3:45 Commercial and Residential Energy Efficiency:   Dan LeVan – EES Consulting, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Retrofits Commercial;  AND  Ethan Collier- Collier Construction, Energy Efficiency: Reinventing New Construction Commercial; AND Erik Daugherty- E3 Innovate,  Energy Efficiency Retrofits Residential        
3:45-4:45 Corey Ballew- Compost Soil Share; AND Alan Edington – TN Bun Company, Zero Waste to Landfill Initiative
4:45 – 5pm Wrap up and Action
Appetizers and Networking at Flying Squirrel  – 55 Johnson Street in Chattanooga


Join us for a full day, half day, for our lunchtime speaker, and/or come out for our evening party featuring free appetizers and networking at the Flying Squirrel at 5:30pm.  Registration includes a one-year membership to the Council.  Already a member?  You’ ll save money on registration.   Register by October 21 and SAVE more!

Full Price Early Price
Full Day Registration $50.00 $40.00
Full Day Member $35.00 $25.00
Half Day $30.00 $25.00
Half Day Member $25.00 $20.00
Lunch Only (includes lunch PLUS 11:15 OR 12:30 session $20.00 $15.00
Lunch Only Members $15.00 $15.00
Evening Party Only $20.00 $15.00
Evening Party Only Member $15.00 $15.00




Event Sponsors
Special thank to these sponsors.  Sponsorship is a great way to reach thousands of  Council members and supporters.  Click here for our sponsorship information and application  OR Click here to register for sponsorship online.   You may also contact Gretchen at gretchen(at) with “Sustainable TN” in the subject line

 John McFadden      
Bill Phillips Ecological Consulting, LLC Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation
ESC Lab Sciences TN Chapter, Sierra Club
Pennington and Associates  Bridgestone Firestone
Honorary Hosts
John Noel Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Don & Sharon Safer Mary Mastin and Brian Paddock 
Urban Century Institute


Volunteer for the Summit

Volunteering at the Summit Events is a great way to meet other Sustainable TN coalition members and help advance our common goals.  Volunteer who work a minimum of 4 hours at the event can attend the Summit for FREE.   Contact gretchen(at symbol) with “Sustain TN Chattanooga” in the subject line for more information or “Sustain TN Gallatin”

Serve on the Sustainable Tennessee Task Force
The Sustainable Tennessee Task Force will help with the following work of Sustainable Tennessee.  The committee will meet every other week for a one hour planning phone call.

  • Update the Sustainable Tennessee Agenda
  • Refine the 2014 Sustainable Tennessee Priorities and implementation strategies – established at the Aug 20 Policy and Practice meeting.   
  • Help develop Sustainable TN Infrastructure and Outreach.  Work on strategies and implementation of priority issues.
  • Help plan Sustainable Tennessee events including:  fall Summit events, January News Conference,  Conservation Education Day, and more.

Contact gretchen(at symbol) with “Sustain TN Task Force” in the subject line.