Sustainable Tennessee

Program Introduction

Sustainable Tennessee is a collaborative project that solicits your ideas to keep Tennessee at the forefront of environmental and economic sustainability. We meet once a year in August in Nashville during “Policy and Practice” — a workshop setting in which we identify best policies and practices to advance sustainability in seven categories: Energy, Air, Land, Water, Solid Waste, Public Health and Food Systems.
The result of this meeting is a document called “The Agenda and Priorities for a Sustainable Tennessee”  that includes the key recommendations from each topic working group.  This is published on our website and shared via social media, and as a hard-copy for elected officials and other stakeholders in Tennessee.


Program Goal

To collaborate with other stakeholders to keep Tennessee at the forefront of economic and environmental sustainability. To envision, identify, prioritize, and implement desired improvements to our economy, communities and environment.  The solutions include policies, personal practices, and technologies that nurture healthier, more prosperous lives while improving the quality of our environment.

*** Get Involved: Review 2017 Priorities identified by Stakeholders at August 2016 Policy & Practice Meeting *** 


Tennessee Environmental Council helped launch the Sustainable Tennessee coalition in 2007, with the goal of developing a statewide Sustainability Agenda which includes the input of a broad group including citizens, conservation groups, environmental policy experts, elected officials, and representatives of private businesses, industry, educational institutions and more (over 1,000 participants and 250 organizations statewide since 2007 have contributed).  The coalition focuses on priority issues related to land, air, water, energy, transportation and food.

Meetings and InfrastructureIMG_5527
Sustainable Tennessee provides an infrastructure to help our state’s diverse stakeholders work together.  This infrastructure includes a series of meetings and workshops throughout the year.

Schedule a meeting with your elected officials and let them know that you care about water quality and protecting the environment of Tennessee. And meet us in the halls of Legislative Plaza.  Click the Sustainability Agenda above and bring a copy to share with your Legislators.

Sustainable Tennessee Agenda
The Sustainable Tennessee Agenda provides a roadmap for policy and practice initiatives in Tennessee to protect and re-vitalize our economy, our communities, and our quality of life.  Read and sign the Sustainable Tennessee Agenda

Annual Sustainable Tennessee Award

Every year, we select a leader that has made significant contributions to the improvement of a more sustainable  Tennessee.  Our 2016 Award went to Ronnie Bowers!

Other Ways to Get Involved

Sustainable Tennessee has several major events throughout the year including Regional Sustainability Forums, Press Conferences, Conservation Education Day, and our Policy & Practice meeting.  For the latest information on these and other Sustainable TN meetings: 

Sustainable Tennessee is a project of the Tennessee Environmental Council in association with Tennessee Conservation Voters.