Nashville mayor Karl Dean to speak on sustainability and Green Ribbon Plan

  • on 26 Nov 2012
  • Convocation Hall

Karl Dean, mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, will speak on the Sewanee campus at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26. The lecture, on the topics of sustainability, local governance, and the Nashville Green Ribbon Plan, will be given in Convocation Hall and will be followed by a brief reception. The public is invited.

Dean was elected in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 to serve a second term as mayor. His priorities have been education, public safety and economic development, as well as sustaining Nashville’s high quality of life. In the spring of 2008, Dean formed the Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability and set a goal to make Nashville “the greenest city in the Southeast.” The committee was created to assure that Nashville continues to be a livable city with clean air, clean water, open spaces, transportation infrastructure and an energy use profile necessary to provide a prosperous community for current and future generations.

The committee completed its work in April 2009 and presented a summary report with goals and recommendations. Dean is now working to prioritize and implement the initiatives. Those already underway include developing the first comprehensive Open Space Plan for Davidson County.

Dean’s lecture is sponsored by the Policy & Change Living-Learning Community and the Department of Environmental Studies. Dean also plans to visit an environmental policy class while on campus.