Every four years, the Knoxville Region Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) completes a long-range mobility plan, looking twenty to thirty years into the future. TPO will finalizes its upcoming plan in 2017. In its 2014 plan, climate change was dismissed as a factor to consider because of the lack of consensus on whether it was happening and caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
Times change, and in 2015 that consensus has solidified. Climate Knoxville has convened a team of researchers to assist the TPO in understanding how climate change will affect a long-range mobility plan. We will keep you informed as this work progresses.
Oak Ridge Climate Prayer Vigil
The Pavilion Melton Lake Park Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge’s first TIPL Climate Prayer Vigil will circle on the grass near Melton Lake Park Pavilion (directions), in view of Bull Run Fossil Plant, for prayers by three faith leaders; music; candles; brief statements on the missions of TIPL and on the urgency of climate action; and commitments to individual actions.
After the climate vigil, the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church-based Citizens Climate Coalition is hosting an opportunity for to meet climate organizations, scientists, and others and discuss opportunities for action. Free snacks and drinks will be offered. Then Sparky and Rhonda Rucker of Maryville will perform traditional acoustic blues and their own climate songs. You are encouraged to stay, connect, and plan actions afterward.
Overall energy efficiency impact – over 25 GWh of energy savings
Self Audit – KUB ranked 4th among TVA distributors with an estimated savings of .5 GWh. 676 customers participated. The Self-Audit program allows residential customers to identify home energy use and recommends personalized energy improvements.
In-Home Energy Evaluation – KUB ranked third among TVA distributors with an estimated energy savings of 2.3 GWh. 1,409 KUB customers participated. The IHEE offered a home energy audit as well as rebates and financing options to help homeowners make investments in significant energy efficiency improvements. This program has been replaced by the eScore program. 74% of those who received an audit implemented some of the energy saving recommended measures.
Heat Pump Program – KUB ranked first among TVA distributors in heat pump installations, with more than .9 GWh of energy savings. 634 customers participated. This program promotes the installation of high-efficiency heat pumps in homes and small businesses, offering on-bill financing.
Volume Heat Pump Program for Manufactured Homes – KUB ranked third among TVA distributors with .3 GWh of energy savings. 74 customers participated. This program promotes the installation of electric heat pumps in qualified manufactured homes.
Energy Right Solutions for Business – KUB ranked second among TVA distributors with 19.7 GWh of energy savings. This program provides assessment of energy use and incentives for qualifying businesses. 1,449 customers participated.
Climate Knoxville Organizes Knoxville Scores to Win Georgetown University Energy Prize
Knoxville has been selected as one of 50 communities contesting for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that challenges small- and medium-sized communities to develop and implement creative, sustainable, and replicable strategies to save energy.
Through this competition, the City of Knoxville will work with utility and community leaders to reduce energy consumption in homes, schools and municipal buildings. The community that reduces energy consumption the most over a two-year period has a chance to win up to $5 million to fund local energy and sustainability programs.
The City of Knoxville sees this competition as a way to build on the momentum of existing programs, such as the Smarter Cities Partnership, a coalition of 20-plus local organizations seeking to improve the comfort, quality, and affordability of inner-city homes through energy efficiency.
A Climax Knoxville-led coalition called “Knoxville Scores” has been formed to help City residents lower their utility bills. Knoxville Scores will coordinate activities to focus on teaching residents how small changes and home energy improvements can save money and increase home comfort. Local organizations or residents wishing to get involved with this effort are encouraged to contact the Knoxville Scores leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition’s progress, visit www.guep.org, or follow the Prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/guenergyprize).
TVA Integrated Resource Plan Public Meeting
7pm Monday April 6
TVA West Tower 400 West Summit Hill Drive
Take charge of your energy future. TVA’s Integrated Resource Plan maps out TVA’s energy future. Urge TVA to fulfill its mission as a public power utility and make energy efficiency and renewables the way into the future.
- Link to TVA’s IRP website.
for Owners and Renters
10am-2pm, Monday April 13
Community Action Committee 2247 Western Avenue, Knoxville
Knoxville Scores kicks off its contest with a Home Energy Savings Fair, 10am to 2pm, Monday April 13 at the Community Action Committee building (2247 Western Ave.) If the cold winter weather left you with high power bill, come to the Energy Savings Fair and meet the weatherization contractors, utilities, and educators who can help you tame that bill both in winter and summer. The event is free with lots of great door prizes.
Climate Knoxville Partners with City to Organize Greater Tree Knoxville
Climate Knoxville partnered with the City Tree Board and the City’s Urban Forester to bring together a group of tree huggers wanting to grow the urban canopy in and near Knoxville. Two organizational meetings have been held, and Greater Tree Knoxville is well on its way. Cities with a greater tree canopy benefit from taming heat waves and extreme precipitation.
Knoxville City Council Approves Climate Knoxville Climate Protection Resolution
The Knoxville City Council on December 18 passed unanimously a climate protection resolution put forward by Climate Knoxville. The resolution, sponsored by council members Mark Campen, Daniel Brown, and Vice-Mayor Nick Pavlis, was enthusiastically supported by Mayor Madeline Rogero as well, who thanked the Council for clearly voicing its support for her administration’s climate work. Click here for the complete text of the resolution. For more on the discussion surrounding the resolution’s passage, read the SACE blog.
Climate Knoxville Policy Work
Climate Knoxville creates non-partisan opportunities for social justice, environmental, health, ecological, educational and faith organizations in Knoxville to work together for climate protection and resiliency. We witness our care for each other and our community by specifically supporting Knoxville’s efforts to advance effective and valuable climate policies.
Our network was formed in early 2014 to support the City of Knoxville’s Smarter Cities Partnership to weatherize inner-city homes and EPA’s draft Clean Power Plan. Several partners now serve on one or more of the City weatherization planning groups, and in July 2014, Climate Knoxville rallied hundreds on Market Square to advance the City’s weatherization initiatives and EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Climate Knoxville is now engaged in the following climate policy work:
- Urging the Knoxville City Council to pass a resolution in support of federal action on climate protection.
- Supporting the City of Knoxville’s initiatives to weatherize inner-city homes, develop green jobs, and educate the larger community about how to save energy.
- Partnering with the City of Knoxville in its Georgetown University Energy Prize contest to mobilize city residents, public schools, and government to save energy.
- Urging the Knoxville Utilities Board to facilitate energy efficiency upgrades of rental homes.
- Helping to found a Knoxville Tree Foundation.
Climate Change in Knoxville
by Dr. Jack Fellows, Director ORNL Climate Change Science Institute. Remarks made at Climate Knoxville on the Square, July 12, 2014.
We are not powerless on the climate change issue. Each one of us can make a difference by learning how to lower our GHG emissions, and things like the Smarter Cities initiative will provide that kind of education and leadership. Read more.
City Leading by Example
by Erin Gill, Director Knoxville Office of Sustainability
There are many things government does well –but there are also things that nonprofits, grassroot groups, and engaged, empowered individuals do better. When local government joins forces with the community to tackle a common interest, the solution is so much stronger than we could achieve independently. Read more. (Remarks made at Climate Knoxville on the Square, July 12, 2014.)
Climate Knoxville on the Square
Close to 500 people came out to support these policies and to learn more about how the individual partners work for climate protection. The event featured live music, comedy acts and speakers promoting action on climate change. Read more.
Protecting God’s Creation And One Another
Whether it is summer or winter, day and night, what we are experiencing will never cease, but God has given us the knowledge to know how to put forth a plan of action that will work. We must look after and care for one another. It is the will and plan for God’s people. Read more.