NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Main Street/Green Street Innovation Grants have been awarded to 21 "green" and sustainable projects in downtown communities across the state, Matt Kisber, Economic and Community Development Commissioner, said Tuesday.
"These innovative 'green' projects showcase our Tennessee downtown communities' commitment to environmental and downtown revitalization efforts and allow them to lead by example," said Kisber. "The Main Street/Green Street proposed projects will not only enhance and improve individual downtown communities, but they also support the state's efforts to advance sustainability and economic development across Tennessee."
Certified Tennessee Main Street Programs were eligible to apply for a reimbursable $5,000 grant from ECD's Main Street Green/Street Innovation Grant program to develop or continue innovative projects within their community's downtown that illustrate tangible results through "green" and sustainable activities.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus has been recognized for it's commitment to renewable energy by a regional clean energy organization.
UT has received the Green Power Leadership Award from The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Founded in 1985, SACE is a regional organization focused on developing clean energy solutions throughout the Southeast.
The Knoxville campus was selected due to its participation in TVA/KUB's Green Power Switch Program in which the Student Environmental Initiatives fund purchases renewable energy for the campus.
UT Knoxville is the largest purchaser of green power in the Southeast and was the first university in the state to fund the green power through a student-approved fee, according to a press release.