Resources & Links

  • Log your trips with Green Trips for incentives on sustainable commuting patterns!

  • Sticking with sustainability? Here's a guide to affordable colleges, green degrees, and top paying green careers.

  • Check out what AASHE (the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) is doing to merge sustainability and higher education.

  • Learning can happen both in and out of the classroom, and often that starts with personal connections. Check out what opportunities exist through the Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga.

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  • green|spaces is a non-profit organization devoted to the sustainability of the city of Chattanooga. Their mission is to "advance the sustainability of living, working, and building in Chattanooga and the surrounding region." Check out their website for more information on what green|spaces currently doing in the community.

  • Recyclemania is a non-profit organization partnered with the EPA to challenge universities across the United States to increase the rates of recycling by the student body.

  • TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) is the governing faction of environmental stewardship for the state of Tennessee, including oversight for archaeology, energy, natural areas, remediation, sustainable practices, state parks, and water. Their homepage features all things environment for the state of Tennessee.

  • Did you know that the state of Tennessee has an entire manual for sustainable design practices? It was specifically created for the University of Tennessee school system, along with the Real Property Administration (RPA) and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), to act "as a minimum standard and guideline for designers to insure that the principles of good sustainable design and construction practices are being implemented on State of Tennessee projects." You can view a full copy of the Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines here.  

  • "Tennessee Sustainable Tourism Program launched in 2008 in partnership with TDTD (Tennessee Department of Tourist Development), TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation), and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (GSMNP) in honor of GSMNP's 75th anniversary." Take a look at how this program is highlighting opportunities for sustainable tourism and healthy living across the state!

  • The One Shirt Challenge is a week-long movement founded by a partnership between Planet Aid and SustainU, aimed at raising awareness of textile waste and the necessity of recycling not just the usual paper and plastic. This article by the Chattanooga Times Free Press puts the spotlight on UTC's One Shirt Challenge during Earth Week 2013, and examines how the student body responded and took action.

  • U.S. Department of Energy: "The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions."

  • U.S. Green Building Council: "The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed, and operate through LEED -- the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world."