Links and Resources
This section provides access to local information and resources to help Nashville residents and businesses achieve greater sustainability.
Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee
Construction & Green Building
Development Services - a resource for builders and developers in Nashville
Metro Department of Codes and Building Safety - provides permitting, inspection, enforcement, and information products to the Nashville community, so they can experience safer buildings and improved quality of life.
Metro Planning Department - the Planning Department guides growth and development as Nashville and Davidson County evolve into a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community, with a commitment to preservation of important assets, efficient use of public infrastructure, distinctive and diverse neighborhood character, free and open civic life, and choices in housing and transportation
Low Impact Development - a resource provided by Metro Water Services on sustainable stormwater management
Energy Use & Conservation
Socket, Unplug Nashville: Detailed Website of Metro-Wide sustainability initiatives
Nashville Energy Works - participate in Hands On Nashville's energy efficiency incentive program to lower your home energy usage. This program was created by former Mayor Karl Dean's Office of Environment and Sustainability with leadership investments from Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Green Power Providers - learn about utility incentives for renewable energy projects
Powerwise - learn about Nashville Electric Services' home energy management programs
Energy Right Solutions for Business - information on utility incentives for making energy efficiency improvements to your business
Food and Farming
NashVitality Garden Toolkit: Download the easy-to-use toolkit in guiding you on how to start a garden.
Nashville's Community Gardens: Nashville has a growing number of community gardens across the city - View a list of existing gardens. If you need contact information for a community garden, are interested in learning how to start your own community garden, or need assistance with your existing community or school garden, please contact the UT/ Agriculture Extension Community/School Garden Coordinator Dan Harrell or call 615-862-5995.
Guide to Organic Gardening: PDF guide to composting, soil preparation and maintenance, plant selection and the benefits of organic produce.
Resources for Native Plants: Word document detailing locations to purchase native plants
Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange- Borrow Seeds. Grow Plants. Return Seeds. The Public Library's Seed Exchange offers access to local librarians who will support, coach and cheer you on as you grow your own home, school, church or community garden. The best part about the Seed Exchange: it’s free! All you need is a Nashville Public Library card! Seeds are available at the Bellevue, Bordeaux, Edmondson Pike, and Inglewood Branches.
Nashville Community Tool Share: Nashville’s Community Tool Share Program is a tool lending program created by a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank, Tractor Supply and Metro Beautification and Environment Commission. Community groups working on garden or farm projects aimed at producing healthy food to be donated to hungry people or community-driven beautification, improvement and/or maintenance projects can check out tools from the Community Tool Share.
Nashville Farmers' Market - get general information, meet merchants, download recipes and check out events at Nashville's premier farmer's market
Tennessee Farm Fresh is a program of the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to promote locally grown food.
Find locally-raised fruits, vegetables, meats and much more at Pick Tennessee Products
Parks & Recreation - provides information on all Parks facilities and programs, including Greenways
Download the NashVitality mobile app for information and maps to Nashville's accessible open spaces, Greenways, trails, water resources and more
Parks Projects Sustainability Initiatives: Integration of Metro environmental LEED building standards into Park Sites
Recycling & Waste Reduction
Metro Public Works is Nashville's comprehensive waste management resource, from backyard composting to business recycling
Metro Transit Authority - access bus information and the latest developments in mass transportation
Download the new Nashvitality app to find bikeways and trails. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play from your iPhone, iPad, or android device and type "NashVitality" into the Search display. Select NashVitality app and click Install.
Learn more about Nashville's B-Cycle program
Water Management & Conservation
Learn more about how Metro Water Services ensures a clean, safe and sustainable supply of water to sustain Nashville's people and economy
Low Impact Development/ Green Infrastructure Guidelines: The LID (Low Impact Development) Manual is a voluntary site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements.
Nashville Rain Barrel program: Check out the benefits of using, how to install, and where to purchase rain barrels
Green Roof Rebate: Credit for Private Properties' sewer costs determined by the installation and square footage of a Green Roof
Clean Water Nashville: Partnership between Metro Water Services and the EPA to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act