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July 5, 2014Mayor Hosts ‘Walk 100 Miles with Nashville’ at New Cumberland River Greenway at Crooked Branch Park

June 24, 2014Old Hickory Boulevard Along Williamson and Davidson County Line to Get Major Facelift With New Trees

June 18, 2014Buffered Bicycle Lanes Coming to Korean Veteran’s Boulevard

June 14, 2014Mayor, Metro Parks Open New Sevier Park Community Center

April 29, 2014Mayor, Parks Cut Ribbon on Fitness and Tennis Center at Centennial Sportsplex

April 4, 2014Mayor Recognizes 95 Companies for Participation in Workplace Challenge

February 25, 2014New Lentz Public Health Center: Fact Sheet

February 14, 2014Metro Parks begins work to improve Lake Watauga’s water quality


December 3, 2013 – Mayor Congratulates Neighborhood Challenge Winners for Being Green, Healthy and Promoting Volunteerism:

December 2, 2013 – Nashville earns platinum rating as leader in TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program:

November 24, 2013 – Third Annual Mayor’s 5K Draws More Than 2,700 Walkers, Runners:

November 14, 2013 – Mayor Announces New Drinking Water Fountains for City Parks, Greenways and Other Public Spaces:

November 4, 2013 – Litter Free Nashville Week:

October 22, 2013 – LEED Building: Mayor Leads Groundbreaking of New Bellevue Library:

October 1, 2013 – Bordeaux Landfill Property is now a Certified Natural Habitat:

September 24, 2013 – LEED Building: Mayor Leads Groundbreaking of Midtown Hills Police Precinct:

September 15, 2013 – Community garden “Tool Box” established:

August 27, 2013 – Mayor Announces Completion of Master Plan for West Bank of Riverfront:

July 18, 2013 – Beaman Park ADA Accessible and Interpretive Trail Wins National Award:

July 9, 2013 – The Bridge building received a platinum score in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core and Shell category. This building received the highest score in the world in this category.

July 7, 2013 – Metro Public Works Kicks Off Multimodal Mobility Study:

July 1, 2013 –residents and businesses in Davidson County are no longer allowed to throw outcardboard, a recyclable material:

June 22, 2013- Mayor Dean launched Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge:

June 17, 2013 – LEED Building: Mayor Announces New Hockey Center in Southeast Davidson County:

May 30, 2013 –Nashville recognized as Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 18th consecutive year:

May 25, 2013 – ‘Recycle& Win’ final event on LP field celebrating recycling:

May 19, 2013 - Music City Center opens, projected to be LEED Silver convention center.

May 5, 2013 –Mayor recognizes 170 companies for participation in ‘Workplace Challenge’ striving to be green, healthy, and involved in the community:

May 4, 2013 –Mayor hosts Second Annual Mayor’s Field Day encouraging physical activity and community involvement:

April 24, 2013 –Metro Public Health Department received gold and silver medals for participation in the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge for a healthy workplace and green and sustainable practices:

April 20, 2013 –Nashville Earth Day Festival in Centennial Park hosted by environmental organizations, community groups, and government agencies:

April 18, 2013 – LEED Building: Mayor Welcomes Artists to Ryman Lofts:

April 17, 2013 –Mayor opens Korean veterans Boulevard Extension, a “complete street” with bike lanes, sidewalks, transit accommodations, and recycling:

April 12, 2013 –Metro Park announces Beaman Park as designated natural area for the state ofTennessee:

January 26, 2013– Mayor hosts celebration to mark the finale of ‘Walk 100 Miles’ in CentennialPark where nearly 100 people reached the 100 mile goal:

January 10, 2013– Metro Parks obtains 600-acre Stones River Farm to become a regional park with hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and new miles of greenway:


December 13, 2012 - Mayor Launches Nashville B-Cycle:

December 4, 2012 - Mayor Announces Plan to Acquire 600 Acres of Open Space on Stones River:

November 18, 2012 - Second Annual Mayor’s 5K Draws More than 5,000 Walkers, Runners:

November 19, 2012– Tree Planting Project with Metro Beautification, Metro Public Works, Metro Parks,and Hillsboro Village Merchants

November 15, 2012 - Coca–Cola ’Recycle & Win’ - Looking to Increase Metro Nashville Recycling Rates Once Again:

November 9, 2012 - Free E–Waste Event Planned November 17 at LP Field:

November 5, 2012 - Free Shred Day Yields Over Five Tons of Documents and Peace of Mind for Many Metro Residents:

October 26, 2012 - Constellation Energy, Operator of the Nashville District Energy Plant, Becomes Part of Exelon Family of Companies:

October 26, 2012 - Nashville Makes Progress Improving Energy Efficiency of Low-Income Homes:

October 18, 2012 - Mayor Unveils Free NashVitality Mobile App:

October 15, 2012 - Mayor Announces Nashville to Host 2013 Southern Obesity Summit:

October 6, 2012 - Mayor Opens Mountain Bike Trail at Cane Ridge:

October 2, 2012 - Mayor Leads Community Celebration at Opening of 28th Avenue Connector:

October 1, 2012 - Mayor Launches New Round of ‘Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor’:

August 9, 2012 - Metro’s First Bike Corral Now Open in East Nashville:

July 3, 2012 –Trevecca Youth Missionaries clean up Chestnut Hill community.

June 6, 2012 – LEED Building: Mayor Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Public Health Center:

April 3, 2012 –Nashville participated in Keep America Beautiful National Day of Action conducting clean-up projects all over the city.

May 1, 2012 - 28th - 31st Ave Connector Reaches Half-Way Point:

March 23, 2012 - Mayor Announces ‘Excellence in Volunteer Engagement’ Recipients:

March 22, 2012 - Mayor Announces Launch of New Nashville General Plan:

March 22, 2012 - Mayor Unveils ‘Workplace Challenge’:

March 15, 2012 - Mayor Unveils, Rides Music City Bikeway:

March 14, 2012 - Mayor, Tennessee Titans to Host Free Citywide Field Day:

February 23, 2012 - Mayor, MTA Announce Free Bus Rides on March 9:


December 19, 2011 – Mayor Karl Dean signed an Executive Order to establish a program to oversee the city’s trees, green spaces and landscape. The Metropolitan Landscape Coordination Program grew out of recommendations made by the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, the Open Space Plan, the Nashville Tree Canopy Assessment and the Metro Tree Advisory Committee. The Executive Order also calls for the creation of a horticulturist position in Metro Public Works to coordinate the work of Metro departments that currently play a role in Metro’s landscaping activities.

December 14, 2011 – LEED Building: New West Precinct Opened by Mayor Karl Dean, Chief Steve Anderson and Commander Marlene Pardue:

December 12, 2011 - A study of the East-West corridor from Five Points in East Nashville to White Bridge Road in West Nashville found that a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will cost half as much to build as streetcars but still attract the same number of riders. Without any transit improvements, traffic along the East-West Connector is anticipated to increase by nearly 50 percent by 2035, and travelers will be stuck in traffic approximately eight minutes longer than today. Already, the average person in the Nashville area loses about 35 hours and wastes 10 gallons of fuel per year sitting in traffic.

November 17, 2011 – The 135-acre Cornelia Fort Park becomes the first acquisition under the Open Space Master Plan, which calls for the preservation of 22,000 acres of public and private land over the next 25 years.

November 1, 2011 - Over 36,000 Lbs of E-Waste Collected on October 29!

October 26, 2011 - Mayor Karl Dean dedicated the 17.5-acre Richard H. Fulton Campus, a complex of six buildings designed as a healthy and environmentally-sustainable workplace that provides a central location for the public to access a variety of Metro services. The campus includes the Howard Office Building and Lindsley Hall, both of which were renovated and received LEED Silver certification, as well as the Metro Office Building, the Fulton Campus Employee Parking Garage, the Metro Fire Department Headquarters and the Nashville Children’s Theatre.

September 12, 2011 - Recycle & You Can Win This Saturday in Joelton:

August 1, 2011 - Dean, TDOT Announce Pedestrian Enhancement Grant for Harding Place Sidewalks:

July 27, 2011 - Mayor Karl Dean announced that Regions Bank will donate 100 bicycles to the city’s bike share program. Nashville GreenBikes offers free loaner bikes available at Metro Parks community centers and greenways, and bikes currently can be checked out at two locations, the Music City Star Riverfront Station and the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. The Regions donation will expand GreenBikes to four additional parks in Nashville: Hadley, Hartman, East and Antioch Community Centers.

July 15, 2011 - Rain Gardens for Nashville:

July 11, 2011 - Recycle & You Can Win Event in Lakewood July 16:

July 8, 2011 – Mayor Karl Dean opens the Goodlettsville Library, which was built in accordance with LEED Silver Certification guidelines. Environmentally responsible features of the facility include rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation, bicycle parking, electric car charging stations, pervious pavement, light color roofing and paving material and a solar-ready roof.

May 31, 2011 - Metro Adds Recycle Drop Off on West Hamilton Ave:

May 26, 2011 - Mayor, Community Leaders Break Ground on 28th Avenue Connector Project:

April 19, 2011 - Mayor Karl Dean announces the launch of Nashville Energy Works, a residential energy efficiency program that provides free in-home energy evaluations and other financial incentives to Nashville homeowners who make recommended improvements that project 15% home energy savings.

April 14, 2011 - Mayor Karl Dean announced the release of the Open Space Master Plan, which calls for the acquisition and preservation of 22,000 acres of undeveloped land in Nashville over the next 25 years.

April 12, 2011 - Shred Day Saturday April 16 at LP Field:


December 22, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean signed Metropolitan Council Ordinance 734, establishing a pilot program allowing environmentally friendly vehicles to park for free at downtown parking meters so long as they purchase a sticker from the County Clerk certifying that their vehicle qualifies for the program.

December 22, 2010 - Mayor Dean signed a Metropolitan Council Resolution accepting a $250,000 grant from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance to increase residential energy efficiency building retrofits through financial incentives to homeowners and community outreach programs.

November 15, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean signed a formal letter of intent to host approximately 35 electric vehicle charging stations on Metro property for public use. These will be installed as part of the EV Project, which is a Department of Energy initiative to install charging stations in five states across the country. Through the EV Project, the Nashville area will receive approximately 200 charging stations. Charging stations also will be installed in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis. DC-Fast Chargers will be installed along I-24 and I-40 connecting all four cities.

November 4, 2010 - Metro Government completed major green renovations of Fulton Campus. Howard Office Building and Lindsley Hall are awaiting LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council.

November 3, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean announced plans for the restoration of Brown’s Creek under the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program.

October 6, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean signed Executive Order No. 40 formalizing Nashville’s Complete Streets Policy. This ensures that public streets are designed with equal consideration of all modes of transportation, including walking, bicycling, and mass transit.

October 5, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean kicked off the development of Riverfront Park by breaking ground on a new 6.5 acre play park on the east bank of the Cumberland River

September 30, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean launched Nashville’s first-ever comprehensive service plan intended to leverage citizen engagement to address some of the city’s most pressing needs, including the environment. The kickoff event was held at Glendale Elementary School where students and parent volunteers helped construct a rain garden on the school property

September 15, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean, the Land Trust for Tennessee, and The Conservation Fund hosted a “Marketplace of Ideas” summit to solicit public feedback on a preliminary draft of the Open Space Master Plan.

September 14, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean included $5 million in Metro Government’s FY 2011 capital budget specifically for an open space acquisition fund that would allow for implementation of the plan as opportunities arise. That marked the first time in Metro history that money was allocated specifically for that purpose.

June 3, 2010 - Metro Government and its partners held a public forum designed to solicit public input on the Open Space Master Plan. More than 200 residents attended the event to articulate a vision for Nashville’s natural resources.

June 2, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean signed a Metropolitan Council Resolution accepting a $6 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote building energy efficiency in Nashville.

April 12, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean named Laurel Creech as Chief Service Officer to oversee Nashville’s comprehensive strategic plan, called Impact Nashville to leverage local human, institutional, and cultural capital through impactful volunteerism directed towards two of the Mayor’s top priorities: public education and the environment.

April 23, 2010 - The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency unveils solar installation at Parthenon Towers, a first for community-owned housing in Tennessee. This solar installation will make MDHA the Nashville Electric Service's largest solar energy generator in Davidson County.

April 22, 2010 - Mayor Dean and the Downtown Partnership launch the WeCar "car sharing" program downtown.

April 1, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean announced today the creation of a new Office of Environment and Sustainability to coordinate work with Metropolitan Government departments and the broader community to reach the goal of making Nashville “the greenest city in the Southeast.”

March 31, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean announced today that he has created a new position in his office to oversee the implementation of Nashville’s healthy living initiatives

March 29, 2010 - MTA begins Music City Circuit providing free circulator service to people who live, work or visit the downtown area.

March 27, 2010 - Metro Government celebrates Earth Hour by turning off nonessential lights for one hour at the Metropolitan Courthouse, the Parthenon and the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge at 8:30 p.m.

March 26, 2010 - Mayor Dean presents US Green Building Council Award for LEED Core and Shell to the Terrazzo.

March 25, 2010 - Julia Green Elementary School becomes first Metro Government's first LEED building and receives LEED Silver for Schools

March 23, 2010 - The Metro Public Health Department and community partners were awarded $7.5 million over the next two years to support healthier urban design that promotes physical activity and increases access to safe opportunities for physical activity.

February 3, 2010 - Nashville Electric Service accounces PowerWise, a free online tool that helps analyze home energy use and provides tips on saving through energy conservation.

February 2, 2010 - Metropolitan Council approved the Downtown Code which includes various green building incentives.

January 28, 2010 - MTA Board approves plan for new downtown circulator. The downtown circulator service, which is designed to help MTA customers, residents, visitors and tourists in downtown Nashville reach their destinations more quickly, will operate Monday through Saturday from early morning until late evening.

January 27, 2010 - The Metro Public Health Department, AARP, YMCA/Pioneering Healthier Communities, and the Nashville Health Care Council host the Healthy Eating Active Living Summit.

January 22, 2010 - Mayor Karl Dean elected chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization as Middle Tennessee undergoes a major update to its Regional Transportation Plan this year.

January 18, 2010 - Nashville receives Cities of Service Grant to increase volunteerism in Davidson County


December 17, 2009 - Mayor Karl Dean and The Land Trust for Tennessee today announced that the planning arm of The Conservation Fund, a national land conservation agency, has been selected to lead the team to develop an Open Space Plan for Davidson County.

November 11, 2009 - The American Institute of Architects releases green building report showing increases in green building since 2007. Nashville highlighted as case study.

October 14, 2009 - Mayor Dean along with Council Members Jim Gotto, Parker Toler and Darren Jernigan announced the expansion of the subscription recycling service in the 37027 (Brentwood), 37013 (Antioch/Cane Ridge), 37076 (Hermitage) and 37138 (Old Hickory) zip codes of the General Service District. Residents in these areas can sign up online for curbside recycling collection.

October 13, 2009 - MTA officially launched the "Google Transit Trip Planner" on their website in partnership with Google. Transit riders can enter their starting location, end location, time of day for their trip and select either departure time or arrival time to get directions.

October 8, 2009 - Mayor Dean joined District 18 Council person Kristine LaLonde, the Urban Land Institute, Nashville Electric Service, Village Real Estate in launching the first energy conservation neighborhood initiative, Go Green District 18, with the goal to reduce energy consumption in District 18 by 5%. This initiative supports Mayor Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee goal of reducing energy use in Nashville 5% by 2012 and 20% by 2020.

October 8, 2009 - Mayor Dean and Metro Public Works announce sustainability initiatives and first application of “green street” methods in Nashville on Deaderick Street which feature:

  • 700% increase in pervious area (diverting approximately 1.2 million gallons of stormwater per year)
  • Bioswales at sidewalk and street level to capture, filter and infiltrate rainwater.
  • Porous concrete in sidewalk
  • 102 shade trees (can reduce temperature of surrounding area by 35%) and 4,249 shrubs
  • Irrigation utilizes low flow nozzles (33% less water) and drip system
  • LED - Pedestrian streetlights, Pedestrian wayfinding kiosks, Traffic signals
  • Solar Powered parking meters
  • Recycling disposal units for on street recycling collection
  • Sub-base of concrete walls made of recycled concrete
  • High percent recycled content in light poles, tree grates, fence, trash/recycling containers, wayfinding kiosks
  • Recycled coal fly ash within concrete
  • Local steel fabricators used

October 6, 2009 - Mayor Dean named as fellow by the Urban land Institute, Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use.

September 29, 2009 - Formation of Open Space Advisory Committee which will serve in an advisory/technical capacity to the Nashville and Davidson County Open Space Project. The Open Space Project is a public/private partnership between the Metropolitan Government and the Land Trust for Tennessee to inventory critical natural and cultural resources and create a long-term plan for conservation and development of these resources for use and adoption by various government departments and private conservation organizations.

September 27, 2009 - One of the Green Ribbon Committee recommendations, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is Music City's new public transportation service designed to move MTA bus riders along the city's busiest corridors with fewer stops, more frequent buses, and a greener attitude.

September 3 through October 8, 2009 - “Live On the Green,”6 free, environmentally-friendly concerts held each Thursday night on the Public Square in front of the Metro Courthouse.

September 2009 - General Services begins accepting applications for new energy manager position.

August 14, 2009 - Mayor Dean presents US Green Building Council Award for LEED Commercial Interiors to Schneider Electric.

August 13, 2009 - Coulomb Technologies, the leader in charging station infrastructure, today announced that the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is the first municipality in the State of Tennessee to install and deploy ChargePoint™ Networked Charging Stations for plug-in electric vehicles.

August 2009 - Nashville Electric Service demonstrates its environmental commitment by switching from petroleum-based mineral oil to a renewable source - soybean oil - in all new distribution transformers.

August 2009 - Food Security Partners receives USDA Community Food Projects Grant to fund “Music City Farm Fresh” which aims to:

  • Develop strategies to improve access to fresh, healthy food for low-income residents in Middle Tennessee through farm-to-institution programs at schools, hospitals, prisons, and community centers;
  • Identify barriers to and opportunities increasing the economic self-sufficiency of Middle Tennessee’s small to mid-size farmers by expanding cooperative marketing and distribution opportunities; and
  • Strengthen Middle Tennessee’s rural and urban communities by creating new economic development opportunities that are socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable.
  • August 2009 - MWS Stormwater designates LID Coordinator. LID Coordinator will be available to work on Metro LID development initiatives as well as answer general LID questions and coordinate with private development site representatives to facilitate their implementation of green infrastructure/LID on their project plans.

August 2009 - Public Works receives grant from Tennessee Department of Forestry to conduct Downtown Tree Inventory and Tree Canopy Assessment.

July 2009 - Mayor Dean convened a regional meeting of Mayors in the Middle Tennessee area for the purpose of discussing issues of regional importance. Out of this discussion, a "Middle Tennessee Mayors' Caucus" was formed for these elected officials to brainstorm and develop solutions to problems shared by communities across the region. The Caucus met for the first time in July 2009, and serves to augment and support already formed regional groups including the Greater Nashville Regional Council, Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Authority.

July 23, 2009 - MDHA announces geothermal energy system at the recently renovated Parkway Terrace Apartments which is the first of its kind in Tennessee public housing.

July 21, 2009 - Metro Council adopts Green Jobs memorializing resolution supporting the creation of a Green Jobs Corp in Nashville.

July 9, 2009 - Mayor Dean announces public-private partnership to develop an Open Space Plan for Davidson County.

July 1, 2009 - Fulton Campus Parking Garage opens with charging stations for electric vehicles.

June 18, 2009 - Mayor Dean presents US Green Building Council Award for LEED Core and Shell (CS) at Freeman-Webb building. Tennessee’s first LEED CS Gold certified building.

June 13, 2009 - Mayor Dean announces Mayor’s Environmental Pledge at the Sounds Go Green Night.

June 9, 2009 - General Services begins participating in TVA Demand Response Program.

June 5, 2009 - Mayor Dean issued a Call to Action for the Middle Tennessee region to create our own unique approach Regional Transit Planning, Funding and Implementation at the Annual Convening the Region Summit - "Power of Ten". "The Power of 10" represents a 10-county Region: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties. Power of Ten Summit was organized by the Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Tennessee Department of Transportation.

June 2009 - Green Ribbon Committee releases full report "Together Making Nashville Green" to Mayor Dean.

May 2009 - Enabling legislation to create dedicated a funding source for mass transit unanimously approved by the state House and Senate.

May 5, 2009 - Mayor Dean announces need for comprehensive vision as well as a planned strategy to ensure consistent access to an affordable, sustainable, and nutritious food system for Nashville at the Farmer's Market Grand Re-opening event.

May 2009 - Metro Information Technology Services begins testing an enterprise-wide green software management program that would conserve energy and save money.

April 23, 2009 - Mayor Dean delivers State of Metro Address and announces plan to:

  • Purchase adjoining parcels of land to Peeler Park and Warner Park
  • Provide Bus Rapid Transit on Gallatin Road and expand to main thoroughfares in County
  • Support dedicated funding for mass transit in State Legislature
  • Retrofit General Services managed buildings for energy efficiency (Howard School - LEED)
  • Green Metro’s Fleet by expanding use of hybrid, electric and bio-diesel vehicles
  • Develop a Community Parks Plan
  • Seek private funding to assist Greenways staff in developing an Open Space Plan
  • Systematically implement each of the short term recommendations over the next few months

April 2009 - Mayor Dean presents US Green Building Council Award for LEED Gold EB to Caterpillar Financial, first privately owned commercial building in Tennessee to achieve LEED EB.

April 2009 - Mayor Dean releases Lake Sturgeon into Cumberland River. 75 Lake Sturgeon are released into the Cumberland River as part of a long-term program designed to restore reproducing populations of this primitive species to Tennessee waters.

April 14, 2009 - Metro Transit Authority announces:

  • 6 new Hybrid articulated 60-foot buses and new Bus Rapid Transit project on Gallatin Pike
  • BusLink on Demand shuttle service in Madison area with 30 stops
  • 26 New Bus Shelters with solar powered LED security lighting on the horizon

March 2009 - Metro Nashville Public Schools announced energy and water savings through improvements at public schools:

  • HVAC improvements at 30 schools
  • Lighting retrofits at 110 schools
  • Water and conservation measures at 50 schools
  • Flozone Services, Inc. provided chemical-free water treatment to 62 systems in 58 schools, improving the efficiency of the HVAC systems and saving 3,377,849 gallons of water, while lowering utility costs by $196, 046 in its first six months of operation
  • Building control updates at 70 schools
  • State of the art building automation systems in 15 schools
  • Two schools applying for LEED Silver
  • Geo-thermal in one wing of Cane Ridge High School
  • Renovations at Apollo Middle School include installation of an air barrier insulation system and a HVAC system matched to the building envelop that, in conjunction with Solar Energy system, will result in Net Zero Energy usage for the HVAC system.
  • District-wide, energy and resource reductions have generated more than $2.9 million in total savings for MNPS

March 28, 2009 - Mayor Dean turns off the lights on lower Broadway to celebrate WWF EarthHour 2009.

March 27, 2009 - Metro Council adopts Clean Water Infrastructure Program funding stormwater infrastructure improvements for Metro Water Services.

March 16, 2009 - Curbside recycling rolled out in Bellevue, residents have first pickup day.

February 17, 2009 - Mayor Dean presents US Green Building Council Award for LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development (ND) in the Gulch , first LEED ND project in Southeast.

February 12, 2009 - Mayor Dean, recording artist Jo Dee Messina, officials from World Wildlife Fund, and dozens of local business owners and city leaders challenge Nashvillians to "Go Dark" for Earth Hour as Nashville is selected as one of six flagship U.S. cities for WWF EarthHour 2009.

February 11, 2009 - Mayor Dean announces completion of first Greenhouse Gas Inventory of Metro Nashville and Davidson County in conjunction with the Green Ribbon Committee and Nashville Electric Service.

February 10, 2009 - Metro Council adopts Green Streets ordinance requiring green infrastructure to improve stormwater absorption and infiltration downtown.


December 11, 2008 - Mayor commissions downtown tree Master Plan.

November 11, 13, 15, 20 and 22, 2008 - Mayor Dean's Green Ribbon Committee holds 5 public workshops “Together, Making Nashville Green” in 5 locations throughout the city.

October 24, 2008 -US Green Building Council presents Mayor Dean with Green Star Award for the establishment of the Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability and demonstrated support of the US Green Building Council mission.

October 24, 2008 -Opening of the Metro Transit Authority's Music City Central downtown bus transit station.

October 23, 2008 - Mayor Dean issues Executive Order 34, creating Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

August 11, 2008 - Mayor’s Office creates Internal Green Team of representatives from 10 core departments with environmental responsibilities (Codes, Farmer's Market, General Services, Health, MDHA, MTA, Parks, Planning, Public Works and Water Services).

August 18, 2008 - Metro Council adopts ordinance to reduce paper consumption by city departments.

July 2008 - Launch of MTA RideShare program providing free bus service for Metro Government employees to and from work.

June 19, 2008 - Mayor’s Office launches online environmental survey of Nashville Residents.

June 19, 2008 - Mayor Dean issues Executive Order 33, creating the Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability.

June 2008 - Metro Council adopts Green Building Permit & Green Certificate of Occupancy Ordinance for sustainable design development.

May 2008 - Mayor Dean mandates 100% recycling participation goal for Metro Government employees.

April 19, 2008 - Mayor Dean speaks at Earth Day and announces:

  • Expansion of Metro Government In-house recycling
  • Anti-idling policy for City vehicles
  • Metro Employee MTA Rideshare Program
  • Thermostat settings no higher than 68 degrees in winter and 72 degrees in winter at all city government buildings
  • City buildings to phase in use of fluorescent lighting

January 2008 - Mayor Dean signs US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.