TNSA Green Development Grants

The Green Development Infrastructure Grant Program was a joint commitment through Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and TNSA. 
The grant program provided communities around the State the opportunity to improve their water quality by helping to control stormwater runoff  through the development of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development Projects.  If not for this program many of these communities could not have engaged in real research and development of cutting edge green and low impact technologies. 

2012 Projects

City of Chattanooga  $28,080
Low Impact Development Excellence Award Program. The LID Excellence Awards will recognize outstanding achievement of land development/redevelopment projects exceeding regulatory requirements or meeting regulatory requirements through innovative Green Infrastructure technologies.
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City of Memphis  $25,180
 In partnership with Memphis City Schools, Memphis and Shelby County Offices of Sustainability, and the Memphis Botanic Gardens will design and install 3 rain gardens and associated educational curriculum materials to 3 schools sites.
Belle Forest Community School    Hickory Ridge Middle School   Kirby High School
City of Athens  $28,080
Green Street Initiative. In partnership with Tennessee Public Works Institute and Tennessee Transportation Assistant Program will purchase of a Spray/Squeegee machine and applying traditional and experimental technologies to local roads, trails, and parking lots while monitoring the environmental benefits of creating a Green Perpetual Pavement Program. City of Athens will share the technology and equipment with cities and counties across the state.
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Athens TDEC Award

2013 Projects

Town of Farragut  $19,300
Farragut’s project consists of an above-ground artistic rainwater harvesting component (Cistern) which is a component of the Town of Farragut’s larger Outdoor Classroom and Water Quality Demonstration Site. This is an ambitious project combining a variety of demonstration elements as well as community space for civic engagement and citizen interaction with the many resources that nature provides. Green Development Funds will be used for the installation of the system, interpretive signage and a mural.
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University of Tennessee  $21,900
Coupling student-led rain garden projects on the “urbanized” east campus with constructed stormwater wetlands at UT Gardens along the banks of the Upper Tennessee River to decrease stormwater runoff and pollution, increase awareness and support ongoing educational programs. 
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City of Morristown $21,900
The city, along with multiple committed private partners, is redeveloping the downtown farmer’s market including removing 5,000 square feet of existing impervious parking lot and replacing it with a community green space. This space will include expansive lawns, a wide landscape buffer and construction of a new 400-foot long porous walkway. The city is committed to a long term environmentally conscious revitalization project that includes a detailed and ongoing publicity campaign via print and electronic media as well as signage and tours to promote green development. 
Memphis & Shelby County Sustainability  $21,900
This sustainability office offering a Low Impact Development (LID)/Green Infrastructure workshop March 6-7, 2014. It featured keynote speaker Stephen Luoni with the University of Arkansas who was instrumental in producing Low Impact Development: a Design Manual for Urban Areas. The workshop was opened to the public, but geared toward developers, designers, and municipal stormwater decision makers.
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2014 Projects

Memphis & Shelby County Sustainability  $20,000
The Shelby County Engineering program in partnership with Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability with support from Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects propose to install multiple green infrastructure demonstration rain gardens at the Peggy W. Edmiston Administration Building (one of the largest Shelby County Government offices) and to offer multiple educational sessions to homeowners. As a part of this demonstration project, the Office of Sustainability will conduct a series of workshops across Shelby County to educate residents and homeowners about practices that can be undertaken at home to save water and treat stormwater.
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City of Johnson City  $25,000
The Johnson City Public Library, in conjunction with East Tennessee State University, the City of Johnson City, LDA Engineering and Siteworks Studios, will be addressing stormwater runoff at the Public Library by installing an infiltration bed to capture the first inch of runoff from the library roof, provide storage capability for flood mitigation, provide natural habitat for pollinators and provide aesthetic value to the library lawn. The library and ETSU will host community and school education events, workshops, and guided tours on green infrastructure.
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City of Ducktown  $25,000
The City of Ducktown along with the Southeast Tennessee Development District will install green infrastructure in the form of tree wells, pervious pavers and bioretention cells to improve Spruce Street’s stormwater drainage while also addressing water quality with the added benefit of making the street more attractive and accessible to pedestrians
Project in progress, more to come...
City of Lewisburg  $23,080
The City of Lewisburg will use these funds as part of a comprehensive plan to improve the popular Rock Creek Park which host numerous festivals and events throughout the year. The City plans to remove 4,500 square feet of asphalt to create public green space. The existing parking lot will be replaced with pervious pavers to address stormwater runoff by providing a more natural infiltration of stormwater into the ground.
Project in progress, more to come...
City of Chattanooga  $10,000
The City of Chattanooga will develop and implement a Low Impact Development model competition for students. The competition will recognize outstanding achievement in developing green infrastructure models and understanding of water quality, as it relates to these practices. The competition will recognize individuals, schools and teachers involved as well as cash prizes that will go towards further education concerning water quality and LID.
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Charlene DeSha
Executive Director
P.O. Box 6550
Maryville, TN 37802
 
 

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