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Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (Mayor's Office)

The administration is focused on improving the infrastructure that supports our county’s neighborhoods. As we continue to grow, the administration will work to address lagging infrastructure, preserve our region’s natural resources, and improve our residents’ quality of life. Improving our transportation system and expanding our Metro Parks portfolio are two areas of focus.

The administration is forming a sustainability advisory board to oversee implementation of initiatives in the pursuit of conserving natural resources and increasing access to clean air, clean water, and to the natural amenities of a sustainable city.

Programs and Initiatives


The right transportation system is critical for our community. It will get you to school, to work, to your doctor’s office, and back home. With Nashville’s recent growth, we’re facing new transportation challenges that we must address with intention, transparency, and full participation from residents throughout Davidson County. From covered bus stops and timely traffic signals to safer intersections and more sidewalks, creating an effective transportation plan begins with the opportunity for everyone who touches our transportation system to provide valuable input.

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation is setting a new course to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the growth in Nashville and the region. Together, we will create a transportation plan that helps make Nashville a city that works for everyone.

More Information about the Mayor's Transportation Plan

Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives

Mayor John Cooper signed the Global Covenant of Mayors as a precursor to participating in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition of 94 leading cities around the world focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Mayor Cooper also introduced multiple local initiatives underway by his administration to address climate change and sustainability in Nashville and Davidson County.

Mayor Cooper Announces Multiple Initiatives to Combat Climate Change and Promote Sustainability

Mayor John Cooper signed on to a Climate Mayors letter sent to U.S. Congressional leaders, urging bold action on environmental sustainability while also building a more just economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A network of 461 mayors committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement, the Climate Mayors are calling on Congress to invest in economic-recovery strategies that embed resilience, equity, and sustainability in America’s cities.

Mayor Cooper’s Sustainability Advisory Committee

The Sustainability Advisory Committee will advise and support the City’s commitment pursuant to the Global Covenant of Mayors to develop a Climate Action Plan for the city of Nashville. The Committee also will provide advice on a range of sustainability issues and review active proposals as they are being advanced and implemented by the Mayor and Metro Council through legislation, executive orders, policy changes and practices.

More information about the Sustainability Advisory Committee

Food Saver Challenge

Forty percent of all food in America goes uneaten, with 95 percent of that wasted food ending up in landfills or incinerators. Restaurants can have a significant impact on combating this problem by preventing food from being wasted in the first place, as well as donating wholesome excess food to nonprofits working to relieve hunger among people in need. Mayor John Cooper, the Metro-Nashville Department of Public Works, and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative have challenged local businesses to prevent wasted food, donate surplus food, and recycle their food scraps. Chefs, owners, and managers from local restaurants of all sizes are encouraged to sign up for the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge for restaurants.

More information about the Food Saver Challenge

Zero Waste Plan

Metro Public Works and the Davidson County Solid Waste Region Board have developed a long-term, actionable Solid Waste Management Plan with the ultimate goal of achieving zero waste to landfill. The Master Plan evaluates Metro’s existing waste-management system and recommends ways to move away from reliance on landfilling to a portfolio of more sustainable methods such as reuse, recycling, anaerobic digestion, and composting. The plan rests on a strategy of developing an integrated system of capable of diverting 90 percent of the city’s waste stream from landfills by increasing waste reduction, diversion, and re-use while providing long-term economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Solid Waste Master Plan

Root Nashville

Metro and Mayor John Cooper have partnered with private, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to plant and care for 500,000 trees across Nashville by 2050. An outgrowth of Metro’s Livable Nashville sustainability plan, the Root Nashville: Plant a Tree, Grow Our City campaign is designed to increase the city’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of urban trees across all neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Infrastructure Announcement

Mayor John Cooper announced a plan for immediate neighborhood infrastructure improvements across the county. The reason for the announcement comes after available funds from a stalled project will allow Metro Public Works to repair, maintain, and replace 52 bridges and culverts, and for Parks to replace the Shelby Bottoms Greenway bridge.

Mayor Cooper Announces Rapid Deployment of 17.95 million In Funding for Neighborhood Infrastructure Priorities


Food Saver Challenge

Each year, Mayor John Cooper and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative will visit a local restaurant to challenge other area restaurants, hotels and event venues to reduce their food waste. Chefs, owners and managers from local food-serving businesses of all sizes will sit down with the Mayor to talk about what they are doing to reduce food waste and feed food-insecure Nashvillians during the holiday season. Restaurant chefs and managers are encouraged to visit and to learn more and sign up for the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge.

Transportation Planning Public Listening Sessions

Making this transportation plan work for you requires your voice. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation will hold 11 public listening sessions in January and February of 2020. The listening sessions are your opportunity to voice ideas, priorities and concerns regarding transit and transportation in Nashville.

Consult the listening session schedule and attend as many events as you wish

Links and Resources

Committees Livable Recommendations Report

Smart Cities

Connected Nashville serves as the umbrella Smart City strategy for the Metropolitan Government and focuses on improving operational efficiency through the integration of data and technology, building upon Nashville’s robust 2016 application to the USDOT Smart City Challenge.

GEAR UP 2020

In partnership with the Urban Land Institute of Nashville and nationally-renowned urbanist Gabe Klein, the Mayor's Office published Gear Up 2020: Rapid Goal-Setting for a 21st Century Nashville in 2016, which identified a core mission and related measurable goals around infrastructure. Stakeholders included private commercial and residential developers, Metro departments, and critical nonprofits that impact the built environment.


An outgrowth of the Access Nashville 2040 transportation plan, Metro's strategic master plan for bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility, WalknBike, serves as the guide for Metro’s current and future investments in sidewalks, street crossings, bikeways, and other improvements.

Plan To Play

A strategic master plan for Metro parks and greenways, was adopted in 2017 and provides a ten-year vision to sustainably meet Nashville's needs for park land, greenways, community centers, and sports facilities. Goals and recommendations fall under the categories of: Land, Facilities, Programs, Operations, and Funding the Future. Learn More: Plan To Play