Sustainability in Chattanooga, Tennessee

What a difference 50 years makes! Since 1969 we have witnessed such events as man walking on the moon and the invention of the Internet; but if we are to continue witnessing these historic world-changing events for the next 50 years, then we need to look after what we have today.
This is exactly what Chattanooga has been doing ever-since 1969 when the US federal government designated Chattanooga as one of the “dirtiest cities in America.” Of course, those days are well behind us but Chattanoogans still continue to make positive, environmentally conscious choices every day. Today, Chattanooga is leading the way with its continued commitment to sustainability having implemented numerous programs throughout the city.
Pedal-power is the way forward and following the inexpensive installation of Chattanooga’s ‘BikeShare Transit System’ you now have a choice of over 300 bicycles located across 41 stations throughout the downtown area to help you explore the city. Or why not hop aboard Chattanooga’s free electric shuttle that services the downtown district daily. The ‘Green Lodging Program’ is a fantastic initiative encouraging hotels and restaurants to be actively aware of their environmental impact and to try and reduce their carbon footprint. Numerous restaurants throughout the city also offer Farm to Table services putting their efforts in to giving back to the local community by using only locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as locally produced breads and pastries.
There is plenty to see and do in Chattanooga too, and one of the first things on the list should be a visit to Ruby Falls. As the tallest and deepest underground waterfall in the entire US, Ruby Falls is visited by thousands each year and was the first attraction in the world to have been awarded Green Globe certification. The Tennessee Aquarium and Rock City Gardens are no different when it concerns their conservation efforts, with both operating their own environmental sustainability programmes.
It’s not just hotels, restaurants and attractions doing their bit for the environment either. Chattanooga Airport has a substantial sustainability programme which includes a 2.1 MW Solar Farm, LEED-certified facilities and the world’s first LEED Platinum aviation terminal, whilst Chattanooga is also home to The Volkswagen Group of America who opened their only U.S. manufacturing facility here. As with Chattanooga Airport, this facility is the world’s first LEED Platinum auto assembly plant.


Posted by: Tennessee Tourism
Posted on: 04/04/2019

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