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Green Development

Green Development Contacts

Robert Karesh
Division of Water Resources
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Office: 615-532-5402

For application submittal and associated questions:

Jennifer Watson
Tennessee Stormwater Association
Office: 615-926-7094

Since 2008, the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) have partnered together with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) to offer a Green Development Grant program that was developed as an effort to encourage the advancement of green infrastructure projects across the state.

Green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water. More technically, green infrastructure refers to the use of systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes to infiltrate, re-use stormwater runoff generated at the site, or evapotranspirate. Green infrastructure can be used in a wide range of landscape applications in place of, or in addition to, more traditional stormwater control measures.

January 2015:
2014 Green Development Grant Cycle Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Green Development Grant awards of $103,080 to five local governments to fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects.

The Green Development Grant recipients are:

  • Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability: ($20,000) The Shelby County Engineering program in partnership with Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability with support from Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects propose to install multiple green infrastructure demonstration rain gardens at the Peggy W. Edmiston Administration Building (one of the largest Shelby County Government offices) and to offer multiple educational sessions to homeowners. As a part of this demonstration project, the Office of Sustainability will conduct a series of workshops across Shelby County to educate residents and homeowners about practices that can be undertaken at home to save water and treat stormwater.
  • Johnson City: ($25,000) The Johnson City Public Library, in conjunction with East Tennessee State University, the City of Johnson City, LDA Engineering and Siteworks Studios, will be addressing stormwater runoff at the Public Library by installing an infiltration bed to capture the first inch of runoff from the library roof, provide storage capability for flood mitigation, provide natural habitat for pollinators and provide aesthetic value to the library lawn. The library and ETSU will host community and school education events, workshops, and guided tours on green infrastructure.
  • City of Ducktown: ($25,000) The City of Ducktown along with the Southeast Tennessee Development District will install green infrastructure in the form of tree wells, pervious pavers and bioretention cells to improve Spruce Street’s stormwater drainage while also addressing water quality with the added benefit of making the street more attractive and accessible to pedestrians.
  • City of Lewisburg: ($23,080) The City of Lewisburg will use these funds as part of a comprehensive plan to improve the popular Rock Creek Park which host numerous festivals and events throughout the year. The City plans to remove 4,500 square feet of asphalt to create public green space. The existing parking lot will be replaced with pervious pavers to address stormwater runoff by providing a more natural infiltration of stormwater into the ground.
  • City of Chattanooga: ($10,000) The City of Chattanooga will develop and implement a Low Impact Development model competition for students. The competition will recognize outstanding achievement in developing green infrastructure models and understanding of water quality, as it relates to these practices. The competition will recognize individuals, schools and teachers involved as well as cash prizes that will go towards further education concerning water quality and LID.

2014 Green Development Grant Cycle Award Press Release

Previous Green Development Projects

Helpful Links

Tennessee Stormwater Association

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Case Studies and Resources

Low Impact Development

Green Infrastructure

SE Tennessee Development District Green Infrastructure Handbook

American Rivers: Green Infrastructure

U.S. Water Alliance

Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide