Since 2007, through our advocacy and incentive campaigns, education and training classes, design competitions, and other programs, green|spaces has advanced the sustainability of living, working, and building in Chattanooga.

We continue to develop new programming that advances our shared mission of meeting our responsibility to be stewards of the environment and raising the quality of life for residents and visitors.

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Our Mission

Working toward regional sustainability by progressing the way we live, work, and build in Chattanooga and the surrounding region.

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green|spaces is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our mission is to work toward regional sustainability by progressing the way we live, work and build in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. 

The impetus of green|spaces is to address the lack of awareness and application of sustainable best practices in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. As a community resource center, green|spaces serves as a forum in which people are always welcome to gather and discuss all things ecologically sound. Educational and technical classes, informal lunch and learns and a materials and methods library are all accessible to the public. Our public outreach campaigns, such as Empower Chattanooga, focus on neighborhoods that are the most in need of support to ensure that sustainability serves everyone in Chattanooga. 

green|spaces works with commercial and residential builders to encourage and educate them to make construction less wasteful and more environmentally responsible. Today's design and building best practices can do away with unnecessary waste and improve performance.

Through our business-focused programs such as green|light and membership in the Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga, we help support a business culture of sustainability in Chattanooga. We support both large and small businesses that are interested in reducing the environmental impact of their policies and practices as well as saving money, attracting and retaining employees, and receiving recognition as a local green business. 

Living green, working green and building green will benefit the triple bottom line; improving Chattanooga’s environment, economy and social equity.

What We've Achieved

  • 43 LEED Projects in Chattanooga

  • 60 "BetterBuilt" Green Homes

  • 17 Photovoltaic Solar Array Installations

  • 10 Green Roofs

  • Over 40 green|light Participants

  • Assisted over 2000 people with low cost and no cost ways to reduce utilities

  • Built and Sold 4 NextGen Homes, first NZE capable residential development in Chattanooga

  • 150+ LEED Green Associates

  • 23 Certified Duct Testers

  • 6 HERS Rating Providers

  • 3 Empower Chattanooga Community Advisory and Action Groups

  • 24 of 26 Build it Green Workforce Development Graduates Employed

  • Over 50 Electric Vehicles, Built by Students, at the 2019 Chattanooga Green Prix