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On Saturday November 16 a group of volunteers planted hundreds of native species trees along Whites Creek on the Fontanel property.

American Plum, Shumard Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Redbud, and Seviceberry.

For more information on trees go to www.tectn.org/tree

After the planting all the volunteers were welcomed by Barbara Mandrell’s daughter, Jamie, and treated to lunch in the log mansion.  Then they were entertained by Stephanie Quail, a country singer from Montana.













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Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge

Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge

Be recognized for fostering a healthy community and promoting an active lifestyle!
Take the Challenge! Mayor Dean is encouraging Nashville neighborhoods to join together to become more healthy, active, and green.
Your neighborhood group can receive points for activities like energy use reduction and active transportation.
The group with the highest scores will win excellent prizes like trees for your neighborhood or a healthy community dinner!

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RideforReading.org delivers books to low income schools and neighborhoods via bicycle.

Help-Portrait.com takes free portraits of people who could not afford them.

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“Supplying the Nashville area with products that will make it simple to take the first step toward a more sustainable lifestyle!”

Earth friendly products for everyday use.

Fundraising ideas for organizations.

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Special ALERT for TN, KY and NC Communities:

 2013 Session

Call for Applications and Webinar Invitation

 Water and forest stewardship are essential to creating climate resilience. This year’s record breaking heat and drought, plus increasing rates of flood, fire and invasive species, are all clear evidence of changing climate trends. Are you ready to join the four southeastern communities that have participated in climate adaptation planning so far?  Applications are now open to rural communities interested in developing an effective climate adaptation plan plus implementation support that brings climate resilience to your community.

Rural communities in TN, KY and NC are especially encouraged to apply. A 30-minute briefing session on the CSU Program and application process will be held for Southeastern communities, including time for your questions. Please register for the webinar and review the program application information at the links below.

Free Southeast CSU 2013 Briefing Webinar:

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:30 am Central / 12:30 pm Eastern

Register Here



Applications and scholarships are now available for the 2013 session of Climate Solutions University!

Click Here to Apply Now!


Assess and Respond to Climate Related Risks

Climate Solutions University (CSU) programs offer North American (primarily U.S.) communities the opportunity to assess and respond to climate-related risks that may be threatening their infrastructure, budgets and resident well-being.  Through the development of forest, water, economic, and climate vulnerability assessments, participating communities can move forward with solutions that are urgently needed for local resilience. This year, Canadian communities are also encouraged to apply.

Our curriculum breaks a complicated and often overwhelming process into manageable components.   Now in its third year, the program has impacted 19 communities across the U.S. Our unique training and individualized coaching model helps rural leaders develop:

  • Technical skills to conduct complex research and design adaptation plans,
  • Communication skills to convey the importance of climate adaptation, and
  • Political skills to unite disparate perspectives, find common ground on a divisive issue, and motivate the public to support leaders in taking action to implement on-the-ground change.

We offer two levels of participation to suit your community’s needs:
Climate Adaptation Plan Development Program
(up to 8 positions available)
Climate Solutions University’s (CSU) online curriculum, webinars, and community calls will coach your stakeholder team through in-depth assessments of the local risks and opportunities related to climate, forest, water, and economic conditions. You’ll then synthesize your findings into a local climate adaptation plan. Find example plans from current participants here.

Climate Adaptation Plan Implementation Program
(8 positions available)
Receive group and individual support for converting existing plans into action.


Could your organization or community benefit from:
Being a member of a strong (and growing) network of rural leadership teams equipped with the skills to address climate change in their communities?

  • Learning from a new model training that supports the sharing of strategies and expertise?
  • Expanding your leadership skills?
  • Transforming related planning by adding climate, forest, and watershed-based strategies?
  • Increasing fundraising capacity?
  • Developing new policies and practices that ensure economic stability, community health, and forest and water resources?
  • Saving costly consultant fees?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then consider applying to the 2013 session of Climate Solutions University.

Our Partners

This educational opportunity is being conducted in collaboration with these partner organizations: Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and Headwaters Economics

If you have additional questions about our programs or the application process, please contact Community Coordinator, Jeff Morris via email at:  jeff@mfpp.org, or by telephone at: (530) 355-9880.

Thank you again for your interest in climate planning!

Nancy Gilliam, Ph.D.                          Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS
Executive Director                              Program Director
Model Forest Policy Program             Cumberland River Compact




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Moving in Harmony is an educational campaign to increase safety for all users of the road in Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean announced the program today at Riverfront Station as part of the unveiling of the Music City Bikeway.

  •  Moving in Harmony is an advertising and marketing campaign to address ways for motorists to drive safely on Nashville streets when sharing space with pedestrians and cyclists, while additionally educating cyclists and pedestrians on adhering to road rules ensuring their own safety.
  • Over the past 10 years, Nashville has added 200 miles of sidewalks, totaling close to 1,000 miles of sidewalks citywide. Additionally, the city has 133 combined miles of bike lanes and shared routes.
  •  Moving in Harmony is supported through Nashville’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant, which is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Metro Public Health Department.

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The statewide network of groups like Green Sleeves that we have discussed, TN Alumni and Students for Sustainable Campuses (TASSC), is actually compiling a list of possible projects for schools across the state to work on. You can access a copy of the latest (very) rough draft here: http://tinyurl.com/tasscprojectcopy

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