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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.

They released their Livable Nashville Draft Recommendations in February 2017.

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.


Name Organization Title
Walker Mathews (Co-Chair) R.C. Mathews Contractor President
Beth Prichard Geer (Co-Chair) Office of Al Gore Chief of Staff
Curt Stevens Louisiana Pacific CEO
Linda Breggin Environmental Law Institute/NRDC Senior Attorney and Director of Southeast Environmental Programs
Anne Davis Southern Environmental Law Center Managing Attorney
Gary Gaston Nashville Civic Design Center Executive Director
Mekayle Houghton Cumberland River Compact Executive Director
DeCosta Jenkins Nashville Electric Service President and CEO
Dodd Galbreath Lipscomb University Founding Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice
Janet Miller Colliers International CEO and Market Leader
David Briley Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County Vice Mayor
Liz Edsall McLaurin Land Trust for Tennessee President
Mike Pearigen Luna Law Group PLLC Attorney and Farmer
Greer Tildwell Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Director of Environmental Management
Beth Fortune Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
Tiffany Wilmot Wilmot Inc. President
Martin S. Brown Sr. Former Chairman of Jack Daniel's Retired
Nora Kern Walk/Bike Nashville Executive Director
Chris Lunghino Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Solar Policy Manager
John Esposito Warner Music Nashville President and CEO
Bob Martineau TN Dept. of Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner
Ryan Stanton Schneider Electric Smart Cities & Urban Infrastructure
Mark Deutschmann Village Real Estate Services, Core Development Services Founder
Jennifer Westerholm Urban Green Lab Director Emeritus
Todd Lawrence Urban Green Lab Director
Pam Martin Cushion Employer Services President
Joe Woolley Get It Done Solutions Owner/Consultant
Gini Pupo-Walker Conexion Americas Senior Director of Education Policy & Strategic Growth
Mary Anne Howland Ibis Communications Founder
Mary Vavra BWSC Senior Landscape Architect
Robert Cheney Waste Management Waste Management Liaison
Holly Baird USGBC Tennessee Chapter Executive Director
Van Pinnock Fisk University Director of Corporate and Community Relations
Gina Hancock The Nature Conservancy Conservation Strategies Director
Gavin Duke Page Duke Landscape Architects Principal
Eddie Davidson Piedmont Natural Gas Senior Manager, Government Relations
Jana Davis HCA SVP of Corporate Affairs
Vanessa Paz Las Paletas Manager
Bob Freeman Freeman Applegate Partners Principal
Steve Law Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) Executive Director