Sustainable Roane

County-Wide Cleanup Day
Saturday, April 26

Containers will be placed at the following locations providing an opportunity for residents to dispose of household items (like furniture). Recycle bins will also be at these locations and Michael Dunn will provide their mobile shredding unit for secure document destruction the locations and times listed below. There are some restrictions - no hazardous waste or paint allowed.

Harriman: 1) Harriman Street Department on Margrave Street, and 2) near the Walnut Hill boat ramp (corner of Old Roane Street and Hickory Street);
Kingston: Brentwood lower level parking lot across from Hwy 58 Landing (156 S. Kentucky St);
Oliver Springs: Oliver Springs City Library, 610 Walker Avenue
Rockwood: 1) City Hall, 110 North Chamberlain, 2) City Garage, 149 South Front Ave, and 3) Brillo Miller Sports Complex, 700 S. Chamberlain Ave.

Michael Dunn mobile shredding unit schedule:

Kingston: Brentwood lower level parking lot across from Hwy 58 Landing (156 S. Kentucky St) - 8 am - 10 am;
Rockwood: City Hall, 110 North Chamberlain - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm;
Harriman: Harrman Street Department on Margrave Street - 1 pm - 3 pm;
Oliver Springs: Oliver Springs City Library, 610 Walker Avenue - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

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Roane County Green Team

News Releases:

Roane Alliance Awarded Sustainable Community Trophy for Roane County, December 6, 2013
Roane County Takes Green to a New Level, August 22, 2013

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 from across the Tennessee Valley Region.  The trophy was presented by Heidi Smith, General Manager, Global Business of TVA Economic Development, to Leslie Henderson, President/CEO, The Roane Alliance; Teresa Jackson, Roane’s Sustainable Officer, The Roane Alliance; and Danice Turpin, Director of Tennessee Applied College of Technology, a member of the Roane Green Team.

Roane County was one of the first to be designated as a Silver-Level Sustainable Community, recognizing Roane County's community-wide sustainable initiatives that are in place, with programs available to support the business community and economic development opportunities.

Roane County's
Sustainable Profile

1. Roane County's Green Team was formed in 2009
2. The Roane County Green Team focuses on providing programs to support businesses in developing and implementing sustainable practices.
3. Roane County provides extra points under its Payment-in-Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program for companies locating on a brownfield site.
4. Roane County offers curbside, single-stream recycling to residents and businesses. Roane County is one of the only rural counties in the state of Tennessee (based on state population) that offers curbside recycling.
5. The Oak Ridge National Lab has one of the largest collections of LEED-Certified buildings on a single campus in the entire Southeast, and all new construction is specified as LEED Gold in the facility development process.
6. Local utility providers offer customers energy audits and programs to customers that result in energy savings.  Specifically, REU offers energy audits and participates in heat pump financing through TVA programs. REU's Smart Energy program provides customers with energy monitoring programs that can save 10 to 15 percent.
7. Sustainability curriculum at area institutions of higher education ensure that the Roane County workforce is prepared for jobs in sustainable sectors, including wind, solar and geothermal energy; environmental health; and composite materials manufacturing.
8. Sustainability research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program. Research at ORNL addresses sustainable electricity to ensure energy security; sustainable manufacturing of advanced energy materials and processes; and mobility of passengers and freight related to vehicle and fuel efficiency.
9. The new Volkswagen Global Distribution Facility is LEED Certified - the first automotive warehouse to be LEED Certified in the U.S.
The designation came through the TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program which assists communities in identifying and cataloging their sustainable assets to increase the community's competitiveness when companies are looking to invest in new or expanded locations in the valley.  Boyette Strategic Advisors developed and is administering the program.  The Roane Alliance led Roane County's participation.

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 health environment, a thriving community, and economic prosperity - or the three P's - planet, people, prosperity.

“Roane County has made a significant commitment to sustainability,” said Leslie Henderson, president/CEO of the Roane Alliance. “This designation recognizes us for our ongoing sustainable initiatives, and will help us attract new investment and jobs.  This takes Roane County’s economic development marketing efforts to prospective and existing green-focused companies to a whole new level.” 

To learn more about Roane County's sustainable program contact the Sustainable Officer, Teresa Jackson, at 865-376-5547 or

The Roane Alliance held a 'Green Party' in August to celebrate the award and a billboard went up on I-40 EB the same day.


Renewable Symposium Held in Roane County

On October 22, 2010 the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC) held its first membership symposium in East Tennessee in Roane County.  Held at Roane State Community College in Harriman, more than 80 attendees from 29 cities, 16 counties, and 7 states met to discuss current programs and future statewide developments in renewable energy.  Community leaders discussed local government best practices, alternative transportation fuels and renewable electric generation.  The Roane Alliance helped organize the symposium with Warren Nevad, TREEDC Director.  For more information about TREEDC contact Warren Nevad or call the Roane Alliance at 865-376-2093.

For more information about Roane County's Green Team efforts contact:

Teresa Jackson
Sustainability Officer
The Roane Alliance
865.376.2093 or 800.386.4686