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2021 Work Plan Guiding Document: 2021 Energy & Sustainability Work Plan

A product of the Mayor's Climate Council, the 2021 Energy & Sustainability Work Plan focuses on community priorities to drive greenhouse gas emissions down and identify new metrics to evaluate long-term success. These priorities are not specific, shovel-ready projects; rather, they are multi-year priorities to direct the Office of Sustainability and other city departments in aligning projects with desirable community outcomes. In other words, how can we advance climate goals while also supporting the specific needs of the most vulnerable in our community?

Embedded in the selection of these new priorities was an emphasis on strategies that are also likely to advance equity outcomes. The Climate Council’s Equity Working Group screened strategies by considering subject matter expertise, lived experiences, and community surveys. Office of Sustainability staff used the Equity Working Group rankings and special considerations to identify the focus areas for emissions reduction priorities reflected in the subsequent sections.

Previous Work Plans:
   • 2017 Work Plan & Emissions Inventory Update
   • 2014 Work Plan & Emissions Inventory Update
   • 2011 Work Plan

Other Documents

   • Sustaining Success: Envisioning Knoxville’s Future Sustainability Leadership
   • Knoxville Citizen’s Guide to Sustainability (2011)


Click the timeline below to see highlighted projects from the City and Office of Sustainability over the last 15 years.

 Sustainability Timeline