The Chattanooga Climate Action Plan represents a year's worth of research, public input, and the collaborative brainstorming of many dedicated individuals. Completed in January 2009; the report recommends actions to lower Chattanooga's carbon footprint. We hope this plan will move the city towards a sustainable future that simultaneously benefits the community, economy and the environment.
In 2006, Chattanooga joined 235 other communities when Mayor Ron Littlefield signed the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The agreement asks that participating cities lower their carbon emissions and lessen their individual impact on global climate change. Today the number of participating cities has swelled to over 800. Each city faces unique challenges and has unique resources to help meet this important goal. Chattanooga’s greatest resource is its citizens!
CAUTION: GREENING IN PROGRESS
Creating a sustainable city is a long term journey and will require the commitment of many. We hope this website will serve as a source of community where the citizens of Chattanooga can become involved by voicing their hopes and aspirations. In addition it will help to serve the process by being a source of information. Like Chattanooga Green, this website is new and still in the developmental stages. Please continue to check back with us. We will post progress updates regularly. Additionally we will post links to many of the resources that are already out there.
Knoxville was featured in the New York Times under the headline: Preparing for a Flood of Energy Efficiency Spending Wrapping up an elaborate energy audit, Knoxville is about to find out which of 99 city buildings are wasting the most energy. It hopes to begin repairs this summer, just in time to catch a tsunami of federal stimulus money earmarked for such unglamorous tasks as replacing light bulbs and fixing leaky insulation.
Knoxville’s timing is excellent. The city began the arduous work of cataloging deficiencies before the stimulus bill passed, and it is well along in planning its next steps. But experts worry that other beneficiaries, especially cities, are not ready to oversee the huge sums of energy-efficiency money about to come their way.read more
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking about a state economy well invested in new energy.
Good news from the timesfreepress.com:
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Wacker Chemical Corp. became Tennessee’s third $1 billion industry Thursday and the second giant German investment in Southeast Tennessee.
Munich, Germany-based Wacker, with $5 billion in worldwide annual sales and 15,000 employees, plans to build a facility in northern Bradley County and hire about 500 workers to manufacture hyperpure polycrystalline silicon, a base product in solar-power cells.
Volkswagen announced in July it would build a $1 billion auto assembly plant in Chattanooga. Hemlock Semiconductor, headquartered in Michigan, said in December it would build a $1.2 billion plant in Clarksville, Tenn., that also will make hyperpure polycrystalline silicon. read more