Creating A ROAD MAP FOR Sustainable Living, Working & Building IN THE CHATTANOOGA REGION - An IntegrateD Community Sustainability Plan

In 2009, Chattanooga published the first Climate Action Plan for the City. Over the past 10 years, over 90% of the goals and objectives set out have been accomplished! Some of those projects include:

  • Community Solar Share

  • Electric Vehicle & Bike Sharing

  • Reducing Building Energy & Water Usage

  • Adding Green Infrastructure Projects

But as we confront a wide range of challenges from climate-related and economy-related risks, and envision a resilient, thriving community that can respond to them, we have much more to accomplish! In early 2019, green|spaces launched an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, which will help the Chattanooga region continue to take bold and meaningful steps toward reducing our impact on climate change, consider the need to adapt to changing environmental and social conditions, and incorporate ecological design to build local living economies.

We NEED YOU to Help Us Create the Plan!

The following are committees and example topics that will be discussed to set out new goals and objectives over the next 6 months to be accomplished over the next 10 years. If you are an industry expert or concerned citizen, you can join one or more of these committees - Energy, Water, Mobility, Livable Communities, Ecosystems and Materials/Waste!

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ENERGY

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WATER

Water

  • Water Equity

  • Reduce Polluted Runoff

  • Reduce Potable Water Consumption

  • Maintain availability, reliability & affordability of Water

  • Green Infrastructure Measures

  • Tree Plantings

  • Green Roofs

  • Green Parking Lots

  • Water Efficient Retrofits

Energy:

  • Energy Equity

  • Solar, Wind, Hydro Options

  • Energy Audit & Monitoring

  • Energy Efficiency Upgrades

  • Fuel Switching

  • Building Envelope Improvement

  • Incentives for Green Development

  • Micro-grid & Community Solar

  • Community Choice Aggregation

  • Passive Housing

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MOBILITY

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LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

Thriving Communities:

  • Community Equity

  • Affordable, Diverse Housing Options

  • Land Use Plans/Mixed Use Development

  • ADA Retrofits to Existing Buildings and Green Spaces

  • Sharing Economy

  • New and Retrofitted Green Space

  • Public Art

MOBILITY:

  • Mobility Equity

  • ADA Retrofits

  • Complete Streets

  • Ride Share

  • Enhanced Bus Stops/Shelters

  • EV Charging Station

  • Wayfinding Signage

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ECOSYSTEMS

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MATERIALS AND WASTE

MATERIALS AND Waste:

  • Equity in Materials and Waste

  • Reduce Material Use

  • Increase Recycling/Composting

  • Encourage Local/Regional Product Choices

  • Promote Upcycling

  • Zero Waste Construction

EcoSystems:

  • Equity in Access to Ecosystems

  • Protect and Regenerate Habitat

  • Prioritize Native Vegetation

  • Promote Nature-Friendly Design

  • Urban / Adopt a Garden Programs

  • Food Forests

  • Create Habitat Connectivity

Funding for the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan is provided by The Kendeda Fund