Climate Action Champions: Knoxville, TN

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Located on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the City of Knoxville is a leader in protecting natural resources while promoting economic and social vitality. | Photo courtesy of the City of Knoxville.

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the City of Knoxville is a leader in protecting natural resources while promoting economic and social vitality. | Photo courtesy of the City of Knoxville.

Climate Action Progress and Plans

Since 2007, the City of Knoxville’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative has made Knoxville a greener, more sustainable city. The initiative aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within City operations and the community each by 20 percent by 2020 relative to 2005 levels. The City engaged major stakeholders, including utilities and community grassroots organizations, to create a comprehensive work plan to meet that target. As of 2012, the City had reduced emissions by 13 percent and emissions at the community level were down nearly 8 percent. 

Under the Energy & Sustainability Initiative, the City of Knoxville advances a variety of projects and programs to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, alternative transportation, recycling, green infrastructure, and urban agriculture. Led by the Office of Sustainability, the City prioritizes community engagement and partnerships with local businesses and organizations. 

For more information on Knoxville and its Energy & Sustainability Initiative, see the Knoxville Sustainability page and its Energy & Sustainability 2014 work plan.