The Roane Alliance received a Silver award on behalf of Roane County at the TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program Recognition Luncheon on December 3, 2013 in Nashville. The award ceremony honored 13 communities across the Tennessee Valley Region. The trophy was presented by Heidi Smith, General Manager, Global Business of TVA Economic Development to Teresa Jackson, Roane County's Sustainable Officer, then Pres./CEO Leslie Henderson, The Roane Alliance and Danice Turpin, Director of Tennessee Applied College of Technology, Harriman, also a member of the Green Team.
Roane County was one of the first counties in the Tennessee Valley to be designated as a Silver Level Sustainable Community, recognizing Roane County's community-wide sustainable efforts. Boyette Strategic Advisors developed and is administering the program. The Roane Alliance led Roane County's participation in cataloging Roane County's sustainable assets to increase the community's competitiveness when companies are looking to invest in new or expanded locations in the valley. Boyette visited Roane County in 2013, evaluating key areas like sustainability preparedness and education; economic vitality; environmental and societal commitment and even health and wellness efforts.
Sustainable economic development balances the need for economic growth with environmental and societal accountability. It ultimately offers benefits across a triple bottom line to ensure a healthy environment, a thriving community and economic prosperity, or the three P's - planet, people and prosperity.
The Roane Alliance held a "Green Party" in August 2013 to celebrate the award and a billboard went up on I-40 the same day.
Roane County Green Team is our Facebook page providing information about the Green Team and the sustainable events and efforts in Roane County.
For more information about Roane County's sustainable efforts contact:
Teresa Jackson, Roane County Sustainable Officer at 865-376-5547 or GreenTeam@roanealliance.org.
For more information about recycling in Roane County, call:
Ralph Stewart, Director, Roane County Recycling Center 865-590-7779.