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Brian Blackmon
Sustainability Project Manager
Room 503, City County Building
Phone: 865-215-2065
Fax: 865-215-3035

Since 2007, the City of Knoxville’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative has helped make Knoxville a greener, more sustainable city – one where the economy, environment, and community can thrive today and in the future. Now in its seventh year, the Energy & Sustainability Initiative is championed by Mayor Madeline Rogero, staffed by two full-time employees in the City’s Office of Sustainability, and supported by countless city staff and community partners who are committed to its success.

The Knoxville community can be proud of the progress it’s made toward advancing sustainability. City operations are leaner, greener, and saving money while reducing impact on the environment. We have more and better infrastructure for folks who bike, walk, or use public transit to get around our city. As a community, we’ve dramatically increased the Knoxville area’s renewable energy capacity and invested in energy efficiency projects for our homes and businesses. We’ve increased the amount of waste that is recycled or mulched instead of sent to a landfill. Our local economy is poised for growth in clean and advanced energy markets that offer good jobs for our local workforce.

Energy & Sustainability Initiative seeks to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with City operations and the Knoxville community each by 20% by 2020 relative to 2005 levels. Based on our most recent inventory, emissions from City operations are down 12.99%, and community emissions have fallen 7.75% relative to 2005 levels.

Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated as we continually strive to improve. 


Energy and Sustainability Initiative: 2014 Work Plan & Emissions Inventory Update [PDF]


Energy Inventory & Work Plan Development
Timeline of Sustainability Projects


President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness & Resilience -  Recommendations to the President 
Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up
Acting as if Tomorrow Matters
Sustainability and the US EPA


Better Buildings Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge
Earth Hour City Challenge
East TN Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council
Georgetown University Energy Prize
Pathway Lending Sustainable Communities Initiative
State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness & Resilience 
Smarter Cities Challenge
SunShot Initiative