Sustainability Director

Brian Blackmon
(865) 215-4430

400 Main St., Room 598
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City promotes sustainability in the community by embedding support for low-impact design and alternative transportation options into how we design and manage public infrastructure. We strive to integrate sustainability principles into actions like street design, utility infrastructure planning, and maintenance of city infrastructure.

Green Infrastructure

Although it can be understood in many ways, for the purposes of this Work Plan, “Green Infrastructure” means systems or practices that utilize natural processes to capture, treat, or reuse stormwater runoff on the site where rain falls. Green infrastructure strategies range widely in scope and size and include projects like rain gardens, green roofs, permeable surface paving, and vegetated road medians. Under the Clean Water Act, the City must limit the pollution that enters local waterways via stormwater runoff. Meeting this standard with traditional “gray infrastructure” (pipes, culverts, retention basins, etc.) can create significant costs for both the City and private developers. Green infrastructure provides an alternative method to meet stormwater standards while often saving money and creating environmental and social benefits, such as improved air quality, increased open space, and streetscape beautification.

Stormwater Engineering Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual (LINK)

Low Impact Development: Opportunities for the PlanET Region (LINK)

Complete Streets
“Complete Streets” are streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for users of all ages, abilities, and modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation riders, and motor vehicle drivers. By promoting Complete Streets, the City encourages increased walking, biking, and use of public transit, which in turn can result in more livable and walkable neighborhoods, cleaner air, improved health, reduced traffic congestion, and more efficient use of road space and natural resources. Complete Streets can also promote mobility and independence for Knoxville residents who cannot or do not want to drive traditional vehicles because of age, physical disability, personal preference, or the costs of private vehicle ownership.   In 2014, City Council approved an ordinance formalizing the City’s long-standing commitment to advancing Complete Streets principles.

Bicycle Infrastructure

Bicycle Facilities Plan
I BIKE KNX (regional information)

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Greenways & Trails
Sidewalk Engineering

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
The City of Knoxville hosts 24 electric vehicle charging stations for public use.  Locations are listed here: LINK