Nashville Chamber Press Releases

Nashville earns platinum rating as leader in TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program

by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 02, 2013
The city of Nashville has earned a platinum rating in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) new “Valley Sustainable Communities” program. The program is sponsored by TVA, and developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA). The platinum rating is the highest of the program's designations.

Many factors contributed to Nashville’s platinum rating. Some of those include new and retrofitted sustainable buildings and business parks in the public and private sectors, including the Music City Center, which was built to LEED Silver standards, and the Bridge Building, which received the highest LEED Core & Shell category certification in the world; Mayor Karl Dean’s green business workplace challenge that recognizes and encourages sustainable practices within the workplace; a more livable and active community, including a new bike-share program; and an ever-expanding open space and greenway system.

“Sustainability is important to me and is one of the reasons that my office created the Green Ribbon Committee to design a roadmap for Nashville to be the greenest city in the Southeast,” said Dean. “This platinum rating is recognition of the efforts and commitment of our Metro government and community partners in the private sector toward meeting that goal. It is vital for cities to stay focused on sustainability to continue to improve the quality of life for all and attract new residents and businesses.”

Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities, as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. More than 90 percent of corporate real estate executives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey on sustainability said that it is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

“This platinum status as a sustainable community reinforces the importance of smart growth throughout our region and provides additional leverage for economic development in the Nashville region,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Sustainability is increasingly important to corporations when considering cities to relocate business operations; this designation differentiates Nashville from other major cities around the U.S.”

“TVA Economic Development’s mission involves working with communities in our region to help them be ready when economic growth opportunities occur,” said TVA senior vice president of economic development John Bradley. “The city of Nashville’s attainment of platinum status highlights their strong sustainability assets. TVA will be actively marketing sustainable communities to global site selection consultants and select companies.”

“The platinum-level designation recognizes that a community has made a significant and comprehensive commitment to sustainability and also has thoroughly integrated economic development into its sustainability efforts,” said Del Boyette, president/CEO of BSA.