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Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee to Release Draft Recommendations

February 3, 2017

Mayor Megan Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee will unveil its draft recommendations at a public event next week to help inform an ambitious new municipal sustainability plan.  Nashville residents are encouraged to come learn about sustainability ideas for both Metro Government and the city at-large, with a keynote presentation by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission – a comparable taskforce heralded as one of America’s premier urban sustainability efforts.

“I truly believe Nashville can meet its potential to become the greenest city in the Southeast if we have meaningful, measurable goals to achieve,” said Mayor Barry. “I’m grateful to the smart, dedicated members of this committee, and the organizations they represent, for working so hard to draft an impressive new sustainability strategy that will help to preserve Nashville’s livability, environmental quality and scenic beauty, even as we continue to grow.”

The Livable Nashville Committee, co-chaired by Beth Geer and Walker Mathews, has drafted a prioritized list of measurable goals and actions that reflect the work of Metro’s 2009 Green Ribbon Committee, NashvilleNext and other related plans, and Mayor Barry’s priorities. Five subcommittees have met over the past nine months and produced recommendations in the areas of: Natural Resources, Mobility, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Green Buildings, Climate and Energy.

A keynote presentation on a successful, comparable effort will be offered by Amy Longsworth, Director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission – a group of business, philanthropic, and civic leaders who support Boston’s Climate Action Plan. Longsworth leads the GRC on advancing Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s commitment to de-carbonize energy and build climate resiliency. The Boston GRC convenes leaders, incubates ideas, produces information, designs and funds research, manages programs, and supports businesses, institutions, and agencies to collectively move Boston toward its CAP goals.

WHO: Mayor’s Office; Livable Nashville Committee members; Amy Longsworth of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission; authors of Nashville’s newest Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.
WHAT: Unveiling of the Livable Nashville Committee’s draft recommendations, with an opportunity for public comment; Keynote speaker Amy Longsworth, director of a comparable, successful effort in Boston; Presentation on the 2016 update to both community- and municipal-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories for Nashville.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM
WHERE: Auditorium – Nashville Downtown Public Library; 615 Church Street