A resolution recognizing BURNT’s 25th Anniversary.

WHEREAS, BURNT, initially known as Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today, formed in 1988 in opposition to the $300 million expansion of the downtown Nashville Thermal Plant including a solid waste processor on Rolling Mill Hill; and

WHEREAS, BURNT is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on December 12, 2013 at the Entrepreneur Center at Rolling Mill Hill; and

WHEREAS, BURNT has contributed to a real estate resurgence in downtown Nashville and North Nashville, Metro Center, and downtown by providing to elected officials and other decision makers information on pollution and its impact on real estate development; and

WHEREAS, BURNT has been actively involved with neighborhoods facing environmental problems including Sylvan Heights, Edgehill Avenue, North Nashville, Cockrill Bend, Metro Center, and Germantown, as well as other Tennessee communities such as Dickson County, the City of Jackson, Rutherford County, Columbia, and Lewisberg; and

WHEREAS, BURNT is a leading voice in Nashville and throughout Tennessee on solid waste reform, composting, and recycling, including having members named to several state task forces and advisory boards; and

WHEREAS, BURNT has worked on several environmental justice issues with the NAACP and a BURNT member received the "Through The Storm Award" in 2006 from the Tennessee State Conference NAACP; and

WHEREAS, BURNT worked with the Tennessee General Assembly to protect the rights of local governments to regulate pesticide use, helped institute best management practices for pesticide use throughout all Metropolitan Nashville Government agencies, and created safer mosquito control policies, including improved notification and best management practices by Metropolitan Nashville Government; and

WHEREAS, BURNT has educated citizens and policy makers on the dangers of low level, multiple chemicals throughout our environment and in humans that are passed through water, air, and food including use of sewer sludge--human and industrial waste--as fertilizer; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes BURNT on their 25th anniversary and for their work to promote a toxic-free environment for Nashville and surrounding areas by promoting recycling, pesticide use reform, and citizen activism within the governmental process.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing BURNT’s 25th Anniversary.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to Mr. Bruce Wood on behalf of BURNT.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Ronnie Steine


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: November 19, 2013
Adopted: November 19, 2013
Approved: November 20, 2013
By: mayor's signature

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