About the Office of Sustainability

Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is the regional advocate and resource on topics such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, sustainable economic development, food systems, and green building practices.  As the “green” liaisons for both city and county mayors, the office coordinates various regional initiatives related to 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.


Models of Sustainability

I am often asked if our developments are sustainable. We build homes for low- and moderate-income families in Midtown and they should be sustainable, they tell me. People know the words “sustainable” and “green” now, and they ask the question to prove that they have heard of the concept, but... Read More