An environmental resource for East Tennessee Businesses


Interested in being green, but not sure where to begin? Below are some resources to help you get started!

If you come across unfamiliar green or industry terminology in your research, check out our Green Dictionary for clarification.

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DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency -- DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Internal Revenue Service - Guidance to energy incentives for businesses in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Pathway Lending - Operates Tennessee's Energy Efficiency Loan Program to help Tennessee companies finance investments in energy efficient technology, energy retrofits and renewable energy systems.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development -- Access to energy grant and loan programs that encourage businesses of all sizes to pursue energy-saving projects that will be both environmentally responsible and cost-effective in the long term.Tennessee also offers a variety of green business tax credits.

US Department of Energy - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 amended or added numerous energy tax incentives available to businesses.


Local organizations

East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition -- An organization started to help East Tennessee participate in the Clean Cities program. ETCF seeks to expand the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles to reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve regional air quality and sustainability.

East Tennessee Chapter, US Green Building Council -- Local chapter of the national organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices and accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies and standards.

Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, University of Tennessee -- Promoting the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university's research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe. 

Keep Knoxville Beautiful -- An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful that promotes a cleaner, greener, more beautiful community.

Solar Knoxville Program - Help promote solar technologies by removing market barriers through a comprehensive, city-wide approach. Part of Knoxville's designation as a Solar America City through DOE.

Programs and services



Knox County Recycling Program -- Find out how to recycle your materials, where to recycle, and how to reduce your waste. 

City of Knoxville House Hold Hazardous Waste disposal -- This facility offers free to Knoxville and Knox County residents a permanent drop-off for their hazardous household materials. Note: Only residential material is accepted. Business must contract privately for disposal of their hazardous waste, but a good resource for information and for business employees with personal green goals.

Knoxville Recycling Coalition -- A local, non-profit organization that has focused on environmentally sound waste management practices with services for businesses and residents.

Knoxville Utilities Board -- Offers audits and tools to measure energy and water use to assist with conservation efforts  KUB also offers customers the opportunity to participate in green power options and provides information on a variety of green topics and practices at its resources page.

Smart Trips -- A regional program that promotes alternatives to driving alone such as carpooling, taking transit, biking, walking and telecommuting to work.

Tennessee Energy Education Initiative -- Provides training, tools, and local events to help organizations in Tennessee take control of their energy usage.

State of Tennessee

     --Office of Energy Policy -- Provides a broad range of energy efficiency programs to business and industry, state and local governments, schools and residential consumers.

     --Department of Environment and Conservation -- Protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee's air, land and water.

Tennessee Valley Authority

    --EnergyRight Solutions Program -- Features simple steps you can take to reduce your energy usage.

    -- Generation Partners - Program that provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable generation systems.

    -- Green Power Switch -- Program to produce electricity from renewable sources and add it to TVA's power mix.


Energy Star -- Joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy created to help consumers and businesses save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. -- Flagship website of GreenBiz Group, a mainstream media company focused exclusively on sustainability and the competitive edge it brings to businesses. -- Web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices. Created by Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports

Natural Resources Defense Council - Hosts a renewable energy profile of Tennessee and other states.

US Department of Energy

     --Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  -- Federal office that invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Programs include the Building Energy Codes Program, the Industrial Technologies Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center among others.

     --EERE information specific to Tennessee

     -- DOE Energy Savers lists 

US Environmental Protection Agency

     -- WaterSense, a water saving program by the EPA

     -- Emissions Calculator - EPA tool to calculate emissions caused by your energy use's Green Business Guide - is the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses. The green guide resources aim to help small businesses expand their businesses while saving energy costs.

The US Green Building Council - Non-profit organization committed to cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Creator of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Trade publications

International Energy Agency
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Analysis

Penwell Corp.

--Renewable Energy World
--Power Engineering Magazine - Renewables
--PennEnergy - Renewables
--HydroWorld Magazine
--LEDs Magazine

PV Magazine
Solar Industry
Renewable Energy Magazine
World Resources Institute