The City's efforts revolve around identifying cost savings, efficiencies, pursuing grant opportunities, and creating partnerships. The following are a few accomplishments:
- Implemented a City-wide curbside recycling program
- Established the Live Green Business Partnership-with 160 members and growing
- Installation of energy efficient Musco sports lighting at Jim Warren Park
- LED Streetlight pilot projects resulting in significant cost savings
- Adoption of Franklin's Greenway and Open Space Masterplan
- The adoption of Municipal LEED Resolution to pursue if cost effective
- The Police Headquarters is LEED Gold
- Creation of a long-term integrated water resources plan
- Placement of 2 Big Belly Solar Powered Trash Compactors in Downtown Franklin--donated by Waste Managament
- Municipal Composting facility for residential yard waste
- Installation of bike bollards and bike racks in Downtown Franklin
- Public-Private Partnership to install 200 kW solar array on City property (No outlay of City funds and City earns about $12,500/year)
- Installation of Electric Vehicle charging stations in 2nd and 4th Ave parking garages (grant funded)
- Energy Savings of over $100,000/year at the wastewater treatment plant with no outlay of City funds. The plant is the City's largest user of electricity
- Awarded $212,000 Safe Routes to School Grant
- Awarded $55,000 Special Litter Reduction Grant
Live Green Documents:
2013 Draft Sustainability Action Plan
2012 Municipal Energy Initiatives
2012 Survey Results
2011 Franklin Solar Study
2011 Sustainable Development Best Practices Report
2010 Franklin Energy Inventory
2010 Franklin Greenways & Open Space Plan
2009 Sustainable Community Action Plan
2009 Municipal Services Action Plan
How You Can Get Involved:
The Franklin Sustainability Commission is seeking your ideas in order to update the Community Action Plan. Public meetings were held and an online survey collected nearly 700 responses. The Sustainability Commission will be analyzing the results and creating a new Action Plan.
- Participate in the Curbside BlueBag Recycling Program. It's easy and it saves the City money! Right now, almost half of eligible residents are participating and about 13% of all residential waste is being diverted from the landfill. You can purchase blue bags at your local grocery store and be sure to check what can be recycled. Share the news and urge your friends and neighbors to Blue Bag Recycle.
- Composting is also a great way to reduce waste.
- Join the Live Green Business Partnership and encourage businesses you frequent to sign up.
- Thinking about solar for your home or business?! Several businesses in Franklin already have rooftop arrays. For more information, visit the Tennessee Solar Institue.
- Attend the Sustainability Commission monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall.
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