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 Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

  Emissions 101

Learn about greenhouse gases here

Learn about air pollutants here
The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) was established in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CPRG provides $5 billion in funding to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing harmful emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Grant projects will run from 2023-2027.

The City of Knoxville and State of Tennessee were both awarded CPRG funds in 2023. The City is pleased to support the State's CPRG planning and public engagement efforts.


  City of Knoxville  
  • 1 of 79 metropolitan areas that received CPRG funding*
  • Awarded $1 million to develop plan for Knoxville MSA
  • Public meeting in fall 2023 (details TBA)
 *as of 9/20/23


The City of Knoxville is leading the CPRG planning effort for the Knoxville metropolitan statistical area, which includes 11 counties and six municipalities. The City's CPRG is led by our Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The City will hire a technical consultant to create a regional greenhouse gas inventory for the MSA, emission projections, and an interactive public map to share information about local sources of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. 

The City has measured greenhouse gas emissions for both municipal operations and the community as a whole since 2005. Learn more at


The State of Tennessee is currently developing a statewide emissions reduction plan called the Tennessee Volunteer Emission Reduction Strategy (TVERS). TVERS will be led by the state's Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) with input from diverse, multidisciplinary stakeholders, including state agencies, local governments, private industry, nonprofit organizations, and the public. Learn more at 

CPRG Timeline & Deliverables

Both the City and State will follow the following timeline for their respective CPRG projects:

Now - March 2024

Develop a Priority Climate Action Plan, including:

  • Develop a simplified greenhouse gas inventory
  • Identify near-term, high-priority, implementation-ready measures; quantify their reduction to greenhouse gases and air pollutants; and analyze benefits to vulnerable populations
Now - summer 2025

Develop a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan, including:

  • Identify significant greenhouse gas sources/sinks and sectors
  • Establish near- and long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction goals
  • Identify strategies/measures to achieve those goals
Implement the PCAP

*The EPA is expected to release information about implementation grants in fall 2023. 

Public Engagement

Both the City and State are launching public engagement processes to inform our CPRG projects. 

Engagement opportunities for the City will be added to this webpage.

Engagement opportunities for the State can be found at