I first started hearing the term “sustainability” in reference to the built environment about 10 years ago when I was in graduate school. I suppose it wasn’t until then that Americans began witnessing the same kind of disinvestment in suburban communities that had been ravaging the nation’s... Read More
About the Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability, located within the joint city-county Department of Planning and Development, was formed in April 2011 and has been charged with the implementation and oversight of the Sustainable Shelby Implementation Plan. The initiatives recommended in the plan require coordination amongst various government agencies, so working relationships within the City of Memphis and Shelby County Government is critical to the success of these projects.
In 2011, the Office of Sustainability received the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant in the amount of $2.6 million to plan a regional Greenprint. The Mid-South Regional Greenprint includes parks, greenways, bike trails and walking paths, byways, blueways, conservation lands, natural areas, wildlife management areas, open space areas, community gardens, stormwater management areas, and other similar spaces. The scope of the plan includes four counties in the tri-state region.