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.

National Disaster Resilience Competition Grant Award
As a result of successful applications under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the NDR Competition, Shelby County has been awarded a National Disaster Resilience Grant in the amount of $60,445,163.  Complete information on Shelby County’s NDR applications and the successful projects can be found at www.resilientshelby.com   To learn more about the NDR applications, the NDR award, NDR projects, and to view the Shelby County NDR Action Plan and monitor the progress of the grant award through Quarterly Performance Reports (QPRs), please click on the Resilient Shelby link above and click on the Documents tab on the website.  

 

 

Models of Sustainability

With the help of First Congregational United Church of Christ in the Cooper Young neighborhood, I founded Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop seven years ago. Since June of 2002, I have worked to provide affordable and reliable used bicycles to people from all over the Memphis Metropolitan Area.... Read More