Livable Nashville Committee
Mayor Megan Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee is working to develop a shared vision for protecting and enhancing Nashville’s livability and environmental quality. Community and stakeholder engagement through this Committee presents an opportunity to harness public interest in environmental leadership, and to initiate ambitious sustainability goals, policies, and projects.
The Livable Nashville Committee will build off the accomplishments of Mayor Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee, as well as the sustainability policy-work achieved via the 2015 update to Metro’s countywide General Plan, NashvilleNext.
In 2008, Mayor Karl Dean convened the Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, comprised of leaders from Nashville’s public, private, environmental, academic, and civic sectors. The Committee met over an eight-month period, hosted public meetings, and distributed a citizens’ environmental survey that elicited over 1,800 responses. That process resulted in a report recommending the city pursue 16 goals and 71 actions across five focus-areas: Greenhouse Gases, Education & Outreach, Energy & Building, Mobility, and Natural Resources.
Through a series of plenary sessions, subcommittee meetings, and engagement with environmental experts, the Livable Nashville Committee will develop a new, prioritized list of ambitious goals and recommendations that reflect the Green Ribbon Committee’s work, NashvilleNext and other related plans, and Mayor Barry’s priorities. Throughout the Mayor’s term in office, the Committee will also reconvene on a biannual basis to check-in on progress and implementation.
Subcommittees of Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee include:
- Natural Resources: Sets measurable goals and recommendations to improve our region’s air quality, prevent water pollution in our rivers and streams, and preserve open space.
- Mobility: Sets measurable goals and recommendations to reduce the environmental impacts of the transportation sector, including greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutants. Identifies opportunities to encourage low-carbon trip choices (walking, biking, transit).
- Waste Reduction and Recycling: Sets measurable goals and recommendations to increase recycling and composting and reduce overall waste generated in Davidson County across municipal, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
- Green Buildings: Sets measurable goals and recommendations to reduce GHG emissions, water use, and other environmental impacts generated by buildings, including Metro facilities, commercial, industrial, and residential properties.
- Climate and Energy: Provides oversight for an update to Nashville’s greenhouse gas inventory (last updated in 2011). Sets measurable goals and recommendations for Nashville and Metro to lower GHG emissions and energy consumption through gains in efficiencies and renewables.
Mayor Barry is a signatory to the Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest cooperative effort among mayors and city officials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, track progress, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
|Walker Mathews (Co-Chair)
||R.C. Mathews Contractor
|Beth Prichard Geer (Co-Chair)
||Office of Al Gore
||Chief of Staff
||Environmental Law Institute/NRDC
||Senior Attorney and Director of Southeast Environmental Programs
||Southern Environmental Law Center
||Nashville Civic Design Center
||Cumberland River Compact
||Nashville Electric Service
||President and CEO
||Founding Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice
||CEO and Market Leader
||Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County
|Liz Edsall McLaurin
||Land Trust for Tennessee
||Luna Law Group PLLC
||Attorney and Farmer
||Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
||Director of Environmental Management
||Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
|Martin S. Brown Sr.
||Former Chairman of Jack Daniel's
||Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
||Solar Policy Manager
||Warner Music Nashville
||President and CEO
||TN Dept. of Conservation (TDEC)
||Smart Cities & Urban Infrastructure
||Village Real Estate Services, Core Development Services
||Urban Green Lab
||Cushion Employer Services
||Get It Done Solutions
||Senior Director of Education Policy & Strategic Growth
|Mary Anne Howland
||Lose & Associates, Inc.
||Senior Landscape Architect
||Waste Management Liaison
||USGBC Tennessee Chapter
||Director of Corporate and Community Relations
||The Nature Conservancy
||Conservation Strategies Director
||Page Duke Landscape Architects
||Piedmont Natural Gas
||Senior Manager, Government Relations
||SVP of Corporate Affairs
||Freeman Applegate Partners
||Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen)