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When moving into it's new home, the owners of Three Rivers Market made energy efficiency and sustainability a priority.

Much of the old building was reused and new portions incorporated energy-conserving materials inside and out. Three Rivers has also long participated in TVA's Green Power Switch program, purchasing renewable energy.

As of June of this year, the co-op will also participate in TVA's Green Power Providers program, and generate some of its own power with new 50 kilowat solar panel installation on its roof.


Residents have an opportunity to recycle documents and safely dispose of old medications at this year's America Recycles Day celebrations 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, in downtown Knoxville on Market Square.

Photo: Wayne Bailey and Scott Harmon, hidden, public service workers with the City of Knoxville, deliver recycling cartsfor the free curbside recycling program. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

ZeroLandfill East Tennessee and Workspace Interiors are again working to collect expired project materials from the Knoxville-area design community this year.


The organization invites area architects, interior designers, marketers and others to bring unwanted materials to its warehouse, 2820 Middlebrook Pike Ste. 104, September 16-18 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Items will be available to the public, artists, crafters and educators for upcycling in projects for free 9 a.m.-1 p.m. September 20, also at the warehouse.

Some materials accepted include:

  • Fabric
  • Paper products
  • Catalogues/magazines
  • Marketing materials
  • Windows
  • Stucco
  • Paint Chips

For a full list and more information visit the ZeroLandfill East Tennessee Facebook page. Volunteers are also needed and can find the signup there.


Knox County organizations aiming for lower or zero waste events can now get a free helping hand from Keep Knoxville Beautiful.

Thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation, KBB now offers an Event Recycling Trailer that holds 35 recycling containers and bags to be set up throughout any event.

The group can also help with planning a reduced-waste or waste-free event, said Allison Teeters, KBB executive director.

In addition to the recycling containers, the trailer includes bags, event signage, instructions, a fold out table and stop litter information.

KBB is also accepting sponsors for the trailer, which will feature their logos on the back.

For more information or to schedule an event visit the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website.

In June of this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new guidelines regulating emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.

The public can learn how these new regulations could affect Tennessee and the Southeast at the EPA Clean Power Plan forum, presented by the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee 1-5 p.m. August 26.


The public is invited to learn about solar energy and its impact on Tennessee at the Community Solar Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at Knoxville Center Mall.

The University of Tennessee presents its SPECTRUM interactive solar exhibit, which illustrates how solar energy is powering states and creating new jobs across the U.S. and in Tennessee.

At 10:30 a.m., ARiES Energy will present information on installing solar panels on your home, including the process, pay-back period, impact on electricity bills, and more.

Learn about Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Providers program at 11:30 a.m. The program provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable generation facilities like solar to residential and commercial customers.

Children's activities and games will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The Muse Knoxville will be on-hand to provide fun STEM activities.

Representatives from all three organizations will be available for questions during the event.

Lisa New hesitated to have the Knoxville Zoo take part in the GoGreenET Business Recognition Program because she, its board and staff have a lot they still want to accomplish to make the zoo sustainable.

Sustainability, however, for most of us is a journey. None of us have the resources to make improvements overnight -- it's generally one step at a time and those steps vary depending on the time, money and attention we can spend at any given time.

The GoGreenET program is about recognizing that all of us can play a role in making our community greener.

The program's Green Achievers have downloaded the survey form that outlines 100-plus ways organizations can reduce their carbon footprint. Each checked at least one item in each category and scored at least 30 points -- most many more.

More than 100 private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies have taken the GoGreenET challenge in the program's fourth year.

Thanks to sponsors KUB, the Knoxville Chamber and Thermocopy for their continuing support.

In particular, we've highlighted several organizations that have undertaken initiatives that others can model to create their own. Their stories are below.

Knoxville Locomotive Works - Startup manufacturer's locomotive powers efforts cut emissions

Gerdau Knoxville Mill - Steel rebar manufacturer aims for zero landfill waste

Knoxville Zoo - Zoo reduces its own energy use, footprint

Oak Ridge Associated Universities - Two-day event at ORAU collects 10,000 pounds of trash

A full list of participating organizations is below, or find them on our Green Achievers page.


The Solutions Project, using data from Stanford University, aims to show that using wind, water and solar to power the United States' energy needs can make economic and environmental sense.

So what would Tennessee look like if the state transitioned to 100 percent renewable energy?

According to the organization, by 2050 Tennessee's energy mix would look something like this:

6 percent - residential rooftop solar
69 percent - solar photovoltaic plants
5 percent - concentrated solar plants
10 percent - wind energy
6 percent - commercial/government rooftop solar
4 percent - hydroelectric

Through these changes and energy efficiency improvements, TSP projects a 38 percent drop in energy demand. Under its calculations, this and other savings could pay for the plan in as little as 14 years.

Each state has its own particular mix of energy needs.  For more on the Tennessee plan and other states, see

galbreath.jpgDodd Galbreath, head of the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University, right, with students and solar panels

Dodd Galbreath, head of the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University, will discuss sustainability practices in European and American culture 7 p.m. April 10 at the Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge.

The sustainability report is cosponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board.

Galbreath's presentation will showcase photographs and technical information from his tour of European sustainability sites, as well as lessons learned during four years of leading travel courses in Vermont and New England.

Topics to be covered will include history and practices involving food, energy, waste, water, transportation, land, building, communities, and culture.

For more information call Sandra Goss, TCWP executive director, at 865-583-3967.

Elizabeth Eason, principal of Elizabeth Eason Architecture in KNoxville, has been named a 2013 LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Eason was one of 51 honorees chosen worldwide.

The LEED Fellow designation is the highest awarded by the USGBC and recognizes LEED professionals who make significant contributions to green building and sustainability at a regional, national or global level.

The firm's local LEED projects include work on the Shelton Group's Knoxville office, a downtown building renovation that aimed for LEED Silver; the Blueberry Ridge senior housing development seeking a platinum or gold rating; and the Lonsdale Homes project which is being built to the LEED for Homes certification specs.

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