By Janel Shoun on 1/28/2009
Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry convened the members of Mayor Karl Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability Wednesday in the Ezell Center for a “benchmark meeting” to begin finalizing the committee’s recommendations to the mayor.
Lowry serves as co-chair of the 27-member committee with John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Industries. Mayor Dean was in attendance to listen as the public involvement, energy and building, mobility and natural resources subcommittees presented their recommended actions to the entire group.
Dean created the Green Ribbon Committee in June 2008 to study and recommend ways Nashville can remain a livable city with clean air, clean water, open spaces, transportation infrastructure and a sustainable energy use profile. The committee is to recommend environmental goals for the city as of 2012 and 2020.
Among those on campus today to present their recommendation to the whole committee and the public in attendance were:
- Greer Tidwell, Director of Environmental Management for Bridgestone North America,
- Gary Gaston, Design Studio Director of Nashville Civic Design Center,
- Michael Blosser, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety for Louisiana Pacific,
- Decosta Jenkins, President and CEO of Nashville Electric Service, and
- Jennifer Hagan-Dier, Assistant Commissioner of the State Department of Revenue.
The committee has held a series of public meetings around the city to collect feedback from residents. According to articles in the Tennessean newspaper, the public meetings showed that Nashvillians are high on exploring expanded transportation options, more use of the city's recycling program and connected greenways and streets.