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Climate Change is real.

In September 2019, Knoxville City Council unanimously adopted two goals to combat climate change in Knoxville:
  1. A 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 for municipal operations; and,
  2. An 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 for the entire community.
Reducing Knoxville’s carbon footprint is crucial to combating climate change, improving our ability to bounce back from disaster, protecting our health, and being smart with taxpayers dollars. 

Making Knoxville a leader in fighting climate change requires collaboration. To identify and evaluate strategies to achieve the 80% by 2050 community goal, Mayor Kincannon has invited cross-sector leadership to take part in the Mayor’s Climate Council. This group will include conservation advocates, clean energy experts, advocates for equity, neighborhood representatives, developers and business leaders, and representatives from KUB and TVA. Collectively, we can find smart solutions to promote sustainable redevelopment of our city while protecting green spaces and reducing our carbon emissions.

Whether you swim at Meads Quarry, hike Sharps Ridge, jog Third Creek Greenway or stroll the paved paths at Holston River Park, making Knoxville cleaner and greener makes us healthier, and catalyzes private investment, with corresponding growth in business and jobs.