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NashVitality Guide to Living Green

NashVitality celebrates our green city. It's a symbol of the community's dedication to create an environmentally sustainable place to live, work, visit and play.

A green city is a healthy city. Trees and parks help keep our air and water clean. Alternate transportation and clean energy sources help conserve natural resources and minimize air pollution. Whether improving our homes for energy efficiency, expanding parks and greenways, recycling, or planting trees and gardens, Nashville is protecting its resources and fostering a healthy, active and environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Mobility

We live healthier lives, promote clean air, and reduce our carbon footprint when we walk, bike and take public transit more often. Communities with accessible, affordable and reliable forms of alternative transportation tend to make for healthier and better places to live than places that are dependent on cars.

By promoting active living, NashVitality is encouraging a cleaner and greener transportation system.

Go to the Nashville MTA to learn more about public transportation in Nashville.

Energy and Building

We create a healthier and cleaner environment when we reduce our energy use, make our buildings more energy efficient, and incorporate renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power. Green building practices also promote health and productivity through cleaner indoor air and increased use of daylight.

Nashville's buildings are responsible for the largest share of our countywide greenhouse gas emissions (62.4%), followed by transportation (32.6%), waste generation and disposal (4%), and methane emissions from closed landfills (1%). Reducing our reliance on traditional sources of energy for our buildings and transportation will be critical to addressing air quality issues, our contribution to global climate change, and the long-term viability and security of our energy sources.

Learn more about Nashville's goals for conserving energy, reducing waste and greening its buildings.

Natural Resources

Cities rely on their infrastructure to thrive - we require roads, buildings, railways, utilities, and sewer systems. But our natural infrastructure - our water, air and land - are just as important. In addition to the water we drink and the air that we breathe, that "green infrastructure" includes habitat for plants and animals, land that absorbs and filters water before it enters our rivers, land for farming, and parks and natural areas for recreation and relaxation. Protecting and maintaining this infrastructure is critical to the long-term health of our city and its people.

In recognition of the value of our natural resources, Mayor Dean and The Land Trust for Tennessee released Nashville's first-ever Open Space Master Plan. The creation of the most progressive open space plan in the Southeast was a top recommendation of the Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability. This plan was created with significant input from the Nashville community and calls for preservation of 22,000 acres of public and private land in the next 25 years.