An environmental resource for East Tennessee Businesses

Green Achievers

The following businesses have successfully completed the application process and are members of the GoGreenET Green Business recognition program!


AA-Air Co.


Alcoa Tennessee Operations  -- At Alcoa Inc., employees celebrate Earth Day, along with Arbor Day and World Environment Day, for two months in a program the company calls GreenWorks. Externally, the company would like to see the U.S. recycle 75% of aluminum -- recycling a can into a new one takes just 5 percent of the energy needed to start from scratch. See how they're working on these projects in Alcoa exec coordinates sustainability strategy.

ALSCO  --   The company has made $6 million in investments to modernize its Western Avenue laundry since 2006, including many that help the environment.  At least 20,000 gallons of water daily and 10 Mcf of national gas daily are now saved, and many projects will pay for themselves. Read "Upgrades a wash out with savings on utilities" for info on all the changes.

AMEC Environment and Infrastructure

American Cotton Products

AmeriFirst Home Mortgage

Answer Quick, a division of ASCO 

Appalachian Renewable Resources

Armstrong Relocation/United Van Lines
Asset Planning Corp. 
-- The four-person office of Asset Planning Corp. may be small, but they are big believers in giving back to their community. We recognized their efforts in 2012 in "Size no barrier to earth-friendly volunteering"



Bailey Fiber Art Studio

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

BarberMcMurry architects 

Benefield Richters Co.

BES Technologies

Black Lagoon Products

Bliss/Bliss Home
BMC - Business Machines Co.
Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects Inc.


Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc.
Cartridge World of Knoxville

Cemex -- At the CEMEX cement plant in Knoxville, what became a robust sustainability initiative and trend-setting conservation program began simply as an effort to be of service. The company developed a process to use old tires from the community for power, keeping them out of landfills and contributing to a 9 percent reduction in the plant's fossil fuel use since 2010. Residue from the process is also used in manufacturing. Read the Cemex story: Cement plant grows greener to be of service.

Cherokee Health Systems

Claris Networks
Clayton Homes Inc.

Cleaning Authority of Knoxville

Cool Sports -- knows running an ice rink in an East Tennessee summer takes a ton of power. It's reducing that need as much as possible by taking advantage of the season's abundant sunshine to power facilities. Get the details at Solar power shaves off costs for ice rink, sports facility

Cope Associates Architecture 
Corporate Services & Events Inc.

Coulter & Justus

Country Inn & Suites - Cedar Bluff

Crown Cleaners

Crown Title Insurance Agency



DCS Electric

DeRoyal --  By working with a recycling vendor to process its foam remnants, DeRoyal eliminated more than 300 tons of waste that made up almost 80 percent of the waste  at one of its facilities. The process is detailed in "Turning its trash into others' treasures" by Kay Brookshire.

Design Innovation Architects Inc. 

DoubleJay Creative

DTR Tennessee - Tazewell - What started as a small recycling program now results in 92 percent of landfill bound waste at the plant being kept out of landfills, earning the manufacturer our 2011 Green Business Recycling/Waste Reduction award. Read the April Business Journal feature, "Landfill trips rare for auto-parts maker," for more information on the program.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products


Eco Clean Carpet Solutions 

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 

EdFinancial Services

Efficient Energy of Tennessee

Elizabeth Eason Architecture


Environment First Printing

Episcopal School of Knoxville - ESK's elementary curriculum includes gardening



Town of Farragut
Fulghum, MacIndoe & Associates Inc.



Gatlinburg Convention Center

Gerdau - Knoxville Mill - Gerdau recycles an average of 1 billion pounds of metal each year. See how in "Steel rebar manufacturer aims for zero landfill waste"

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville --  Goodwill Industries has lead the way in enabling East Tennesseans to recycle their trash and electronics, while providing jobs for 350 people, some of whom face barriers to obtaining employment. The effort began as a partnership with Knoxville and Knox County that has since expanded to Clinton and Gatlinburg. Read about the growing program responsible for recycling more than 47 million pounds just last year in Recycling efforts expanded to serve clients, communities

Green Village Green

Green Car & Courier -- Chris King won our Business in the Green award in 2010 and used the funds to launch Green Car & Courier. Read the story here.



Harrison Construction -- is putting 20,000 tons of recycled asphalt back on the road as part of its Western Avenue paving project. The company also keeps construction and materials out the landfill by recycling concrete, brick, and other demolition leftovers into base material for contractors, use in its own manufacturing or as landscaping material. See their story at Demolished buildings get new purpose as road material
Hart Graphics
 --  Local printer Hart Graphics was featured as a case study on types of green certifications. An independent third party audits the company annually to certify its paper products come from sustainably managed forests. Learn about the process in Printer pursues green stamps of approval

Helen Ross McNabb Center 

Hickory Construction

Hidden Gems Recycling

Holiday Inn World's Fair Park -- The hotel will finish a five-phase renovation in August 2010 and expects to reduce carbon emissions by 1.4 million pounds and save more than 1 million kilowatt hours through the upgrades. It received our 2011 Energy Efficiency award in the Green Business Recognition Program. See what steps developers took in the April Business Journal feature, "Hotels' green features save money, attract guests."

Home Federal Bank


Ijams Nature Center
Interstate Mechanical Contractors


Johnson Architecture



Kelsan -- Kelsan installed new lighting in its offices and its 80,000-square-foot warehouse in February; electrical consumtion savings are estimated to 52 percent and the cost will be recouped in less than a year. Full savings info is detailed in "New warehouse lighting illuminates energy savings"

City of Knoxville -- Knoxville received our 2011 Green Business Renewable Energy Award in recognition of the solar projects put forward by the city and also its efforts to build awareness of solar technology and industry in Tennessee. Read about the recent model solar project demonstrating third-party financing in the April Business Journal article, "Initiative seeks to reduce solar's startup costs."  In 2012, we spoke with new Mayor Madeline Rogero about her administration's sustainability efforts and future plans in, "Tight budget, new mandates refine mayor's agenda."

Knoxville Area Transit

Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center

Knoxville Convention Center

Knoxville Locomotive Works - The next generation of energy efficient locomotives are being made in Knoxville. Learn about the company's growth in "Startup manufacturer's locomotive powers efforts to cut emissions" by Larisa Brass

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union -- Vicki Swartz detailed several worthy projects underway by the credit union's Green Council, earning it the Community Outreach award in our Green Business Recognition Program in 2011. A feature article, "Credit union extends green benefits to community," appeared in the April Business Journal.

Knoxville Utilities Board  

Knoxville Zoo - Lisa New, director of the Knoxville Zoo, wants the organization to be as sustainable as possible in line with its mission to save wild animals and wild places. See how the zoo is reducing its energy use and footprint in "Walking the Talk"

Knoxville's Community Development Corp.

Konica Minolta



La-Z-Boy -- knows you probably aren't thinking of the environment when you kick back in one of its recliners, but the company is working hard nonetheless to reuse and recycle as much as it can. In 2014 it achieved zero waste at its Dayton, Tenn. facility. Learn about the process at La-Z-Boy Tennessee reuses, recycles to avoid landfill

Laurie Birt Court Reporting

Lighthouse Knoxville
The Lunchbox Market & Cafe 



Maryville College and on-campus nonprofit Mountain Challenge -- Maryville nonprofit Mountain Challenge was featured as a case study on types of green certifications. The outdoor experience organization sought certification as a B Corp because its assessment measures social and environmental practices. Learn about their process in Social, environmental benefits measure up

Master Dry

Michael Brady Inc.

Miller Recycling



Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nature's Best Organics

North Knox Siding & Windows

NuCycle Toner & Ink



Oak Ridge Associated Universities - ORAU recycles about 72 percent of what it uses, but also offers opportunities for its employees to bring in their unwanted materials. Take a look in "Two-day event collects 10,000 pounds of trash"

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


The Park Vista Hotel

Parkwest Medical Center

Paul Mitchell The School, Knoxville

Pellissippi State Community College

Perspective Architecture


Premier Transportation

Provision Health Partners

Prudent Energy Systems

Public Library at Tellico Village

Pugh CPAs


Quantum Environmental & Engineering Services




Random Acts of Flowers  -- Random Acts of Flowers recycles flowers and kindness for delivery to those in health-care facilities. The charity doesn't just repurpose special event flowers, it reuses, recycles and composts nearly every part of the arrangements it collects. Read more in Charity recycles 'goodwill and good things'

Red Chair Architects



Scripps Networks Interactive -- One of our Community Outreach selections for 2012, Scripps was profiled by Laura Ayo in the article, "Scripps aims to paint everyday life green"

Shelton Group

Shoney's Restaurants of Knoxville

ShredPro Secure

Siemens Healthcare

Smart Trips

Smee + Busby Architects 

Smith & Hammaker 

Smith, Seckman, Reid Inc.

SP Recycling Corp.

Standard Aero 

Streamline Group 

Studio Four Design

Sunshine Industries -- provides jobs and services to Knox County adults with disabilities, but is also trying to better the community as a whole with its recycling programs. Now the agency is rolling out an e-cycling program with the additional benefit of certifying electronics as destroyed -- rather than resold -- so customers know their data is secure. Read about the new effort at Social-service agency creates e-cycling advantage

Sustainable Future

Sutherland & Associates - Former city director Susannah Sutherland broadens scope in new venture


Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council

Tennessee Valley Authority

Texas Greensand & Minerals

Thermocopy of Tennessee Inc.


Townsend Strategies

The Trust Company





Vanquish Worldwide

Virtual Interactive Center