Environment

More and more transportation, and polices that guide the expansion of transportation infrastructure, are increasingly linked to a variety of environmental issues. By federal law, the Nashville Area MPO is responsible for ensuring that the region's plans for transportation infrastructure conform to National Ambient Air Quality standards, but more than that, regional decision makers need to be aware of the affect that transportation has on water quality, wildlife habitat, natural and socio-cultural resources, and climate change.

Current Initiatives

Cumberland Region GreenPrint

Cumberland Region GreenPrint

The GIS GreenPrint Tools for Quality Growth web-based publication fulfills the need for a regional GIS based decision making tool that can be used by local and state government planners to insure access to and knowledge of critical lands for conservation. The information in this report is intended to provide a better basis for decision making as projected impacts and costs of land use and transportation decisions are being made and land resource conservation priorities are included in local and regional plans.

Moving Cooler

Moving Cooler (2009)

Moving Cooler is a study commissioned by various agencies and interest groups who want to know the facts about different strategies to reduce GHGs from transportation and how much they can help us meet our GHG reduction goals. Motorized transportation causes GHG emissions whenever the fuel used contains carbon. We call these emissions the "carbon footprint" of the activity that causes them. Research has taught us a lot about how advances in vehicle and fuel technologies can reduce the carbon footprint of transportation. However, we know about the strategies affecting transportation would reduce the overall amount of vehicle travel or improve fuel efficiency.

Clear the Air Tennessee

Clear the Air Tennessee

Clear the Air Tennessee is a statewide program to improve air quality by changing our driving habits. Clear the Air Tennessee is organized by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and funded through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). Combined with other important air quality improvement programs around the state, we're committed to showing Tennesseans how SIMPLE it is to reduce air pollution.

Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee

Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee

The Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on air quality in the eight-county area including Cheatham, Dickson, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. We work to encourage lifestyle changes by promoting concepts like carpooling, mass transit, and regular car maintenance. From air alert notices to finding rideshare partners, CAP is a one-stop information source connecting you with the resources you need to make smart transportation choices.

Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County

Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County

In 2004, The TMA Group partnered with Williamson County to form the Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County, a public-private coalition that coordinates the Air Alert Day program and educates all citizens about air pollution, as well as promoting the use of alternate modes of transportation. To date, fifty Clean Air Partners with over 11,000 employees are participating. The Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County also produces Air Care, a family-oriented, half-hour, television series addressing transportation, air quality, and other environmental issues. The program is broadcast to over 65 counties in Tennessee. View the latest episodes.

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