Annual Report 2015

We are pleased to share with you the Year in Review 2015 annual report from the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. This report (attached) provides an outline of office accomplishments in 2015 and projects underway carrying into 2016. This past year was a productive one for the Office. We are deeply appreciative of our government, community, and private partners who worked hard alongside Office of Sustainability to make 2015 a success. Key achievements this year include:


·         Release of GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan document of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, successful award of $157,000 from Hyde Family Foundations, with a $57,000 match from Greater Memphis Chamber, to provide a full-time Greenprint coordinator in the Office of Sustainability over two years to lead the implementation transition, and adoption by 19 regional jurisdictions to date of the GREENPRINT 2015/2040 plan;

·         Award of $80,000 TDEC Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to install solar panels at Lichterman Nature Center and update an educational display on human impact to the environment;

·         Development of rain gardens at Peggy Edmiston Administration Building and educational sessions on green infrastructure with neighborhood groups across Shelby County;

·         Issuance of over $10 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to support energy conservation retrofits in three innovative and transformative redevelopment projects throughout Memphis (Crosstown Concourse, Knowledge Quest, and Universal Life Insurance Building);

·         Rollout of deskside recycling throughout City Hall in partnership with City of Memphis Division of Public Works;

·         Increase in county buildings served by deskside recycling from two facilities to 14 in partnership with Shelby County Division of Corrections and Division of Public Works, resulting in collection of over 119 tons of recyclable materials to date;

·         Successful submission of Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications for the National Disaster Resilience Competition, a $1 billion federal grant program to fund innovative resilience projects in areas affected by presidentially declared disasters between 2011-2013, in partnership with Shelby County Division of Public Works and Department of Housing;

·         Development of Delta Roots: The Mid-South Regional Food System Plan in partnership with East Arkansas Planning and Development District;

·         Initiation of a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the City of Memphis, as the first step of the city’s commitment to the Compact of Mayors.


Office of Sustainability also received several, notable awards of achievement in 2015 including 4-STAR Sustainable Community certification from STAR Sustainable Communities, three national and state planning awards for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint, and an award from Tennessee Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects for the rain gardens at Peggy Edmiston Administration Building.


We have several great projects planned for 2016 and look forward to growing our relationships in the community toward a more sustainable Memphis and Shelby County. Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Office of Sustainability.