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
Mayor Cooper is delivering on his commitment to produce a new people-first transportation strategy within his first year of office: Metro's Transportation Plan proposes $1.6 billion in critical projects for community resilience, neighborhood livability, shared prosperity, and system preservation and performance. The plan is informed by 11 public Listening Sessions held throughout Davidson County this year, along with targeted discussions with key stakeholders and all 40 Metro Councilmembers. The result is a people first transportation plan that positions us competitively for grant opportunities so we can make our resources go further. The plan also gives us a blueprint to focus on safety, smart technology, and equity for the future of transportation in Nashville.
Metro's Transportation Plan proposes core categories for investment that reflect our communities' and the region's stated priorities: Mass transit, neighborhood infrastructure (sidewalks, bikeways, greenways), a "state of good repair" for roads and bridges, traffic operations and signals, and safety/Vision Zero. Projects within the plan will be advanced via individual, opportunistic funding strategies, while more comprehensive, dedicated revenue streams—via the IMPROVE Act's authorizing mechanism for referendums, or other available legal framework—can be pursued in a future year once America's economy recovers from the pandemic-induced downturn. In addition to a depth of contemporary feedback gathered from Nashvillians in 2020, the plan also rests on many years of careful study and community engagements through Metro's adopted modal plans (nMotion, Access Nashville 2040, and WalkNBike).
Please review the full transportation plan document, including WeGo's Better Bus network-redesign proposal and a comprehensive list of potential funding sources to support implementation giving us a ready platform to leverage upcoming federal and state funding opportunities and partnerships. We are proud of the plan and of how we came together, listening to one another and celebrating great ideas to accomplish it.
Participatory budgeting is a chance for communities to decide together how government money is spent. The process is simple: craft proposals and then vote on how to invest in your neighborhood. In this system, local residents have a direct line to city officials and the funding needed for improvements.
Metro Government has pledged $2 million to invest in local ideas – your ideas to build a stronger community and create a more equitable distribution of public resources.
Interested community members have many options to get involved with this project. Leadership roles on the Steering Committee and Budget Delegates are for those who want to actively engage with this project. All community members are welcome to attend and submit ideas at brainstorming events. Any resident over the age of 14 can vote on the proposals. By providing many different avenues for involvement, participatory budgeting will reach more residents and leave a lasting impact.
The process varies from community to community. However, these five steps apply to every participatory budgeting process:
- Design the Process (Summer 2021): A steering committee, led by community leaders, comes together to decide how the process will be run.
- Brainstorm Ideas (July 2021-October 2021): Community members share their ideas for projects that their area needs through neighborhood meetings and public events.
- Develop Proposals (October 2021-December 2021): Volunteer Budget Delegates take the community’s ideas and work with city staff to determine price, develop concrete proposals, and narrow down the list of finalists.
- Cast a Vote (December 2021): Residents vote on which projects they want to see funded in their community.
- Fund Winning Projects (January 2022- ): The city implements winning projects and track their completion.
Successful project proposals will fit the following criteria:
- Take place in the North Nashville and Bordeaux region
- Limited to capital infrastructure or capital improvements
- Have their main purpose be for the public at-large
- Provide a tangible, permanent benefit
- Accomplish their goals with the use of initial, one-time funding
For more information, please eMail pb@Nashville.gov.
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.
Climate Mayors letter, ClimateMayors.org
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
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 Nashville.gov and nashvillefoodsaver.com to learn more and sign up for the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge.
Links and Resources
Committees Livable Recommendations Report
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
Performance Management Information
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