L to r: Fountains at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Ripley's fountain in Town Square (Photo provided by the Ripley Downtown Development Corporation), and Bi-Centennial Mall.
The Sustainable Communities section seeks to connect citizens, small businesses, and local governments with their partners to create synergy and ensure equal access to our shared resources. The section provides direction and assistance to promote quality growth, healthy lifestyles, and economic vitality across Tennessee.
The Sustainable Communities program was created to improve communication, recognition and financial opportunities for Tennessee. The program is available to enhance the emerging network of sustainability organizations and efforts throughout the state. With limited resources and leaner budgets, various entities find themselves in a competitive struggle for grants, resources, recognition and information. The Sustainable Communities program will bridge the gap with fundamental coordination and assistance to government, communities and educational organizations by fostering information sharing and recognition to motivate outstanding sustainable performance. The program will help secure the competitive economic edge while protecting the environment and insuring a healthy future for all Tennesseans.
The Sustainable Communities program strives to link the three interrelated pillars of sustainability; economic vitality, social/health, and environmental protection into all community efforts, networks, and assistance.
New - Tennessee Connection of Sustainable Communities
Please join our voluntary listserv which was developed to serve communities with pertinent information, options and resources to promote sustainability.
Tennessee has a rich culture that's home to many native tongues, including the Cherokee. Red Clay State Park, located in Bradley County, captures a hint of the 18th century culture shared by first settlers to the area, Native American Indians – the Cherokee. The Red Clay State Historic Park is an intrinsically valuable point along the National Cherokee Trail of Tears.
Replica at Red Clay State Historic Park
Cherokee in native dress
See selected web resources for more information on sustainable communities in the sections of Social/Health, Environment and Economic issues, along with General helpful links.