NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Megan Barry has released an issues paper outlining some of the strengths, challenges, and opportunities facing Nashville in terms of protecting our environment and promoting sustainability.
“Nashville needs a progressive mayor who understands the value of a healthy and sustainable environment to our city’s future,” said Councilmember at-large Megan Barry. “To keep growing and attracting new residents, we need a comprehensive sustainability policy that preserves the natural beauty of Nashville while protecting the water we drink and the air we breathe.”
In the sustainability paper, available at meganbarry.com/sustainability, Megan Barry calls for Nashville to move forward on plans and strategies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect our water supply, and improve access to open space in our downtown core.
Green Transportation: Nashville can do a better job of connecting our city for walking and biking in a way that promotes safer and better connected neighborhoods. In doing so, we can incorporate green infrastructure techniques such as permeable pavement that will reduce strains on our sewers and streams.
Open Spaces: Nashville has made some great progress over the last seven and a half years, but we will need to continue adding more green spaces that families can enjoy. This includes finding creating ways to turn asphalt and concrete into public green space that will create stronger neighborhoods.
Climate Change: Climate change is real and is not going away. We must continue the progress made in incorporating LEED building standards into public projects while focusing on Low Impact Development (LID) techniques that will protect our water supply and help reduce flooding if rainfall increases.
Urban Growth and Development: We should focus our growth in areas that can handle it best – along our major pikes and corridors – which we can do through strategic investments of our transit dollars into complete streets that create mixed-use, safe and walkable neighborhoods.
“These are just some of the ways that Nashville can incorporate sustainability into our growth plan so that we can leave a healthier and more vibrant city to future generations,” said Barry. “I look forward to working with business, government and community leaders to accomplish these goals in a way that keeps Nashville moving forward.”
Councilmember At-Large Megan Barry is seeking election to the office of mayor in the August 2015 election. A Nashville resident for 23 years, Megan Barry was twice elected as at-large member of the Metro Council, receiving the most votes in the countywide election in 2011. An MBA graduate of Vanderbilt, she has two decades of senior-level corporate experience in telecommunications and healthcare. She is the mother of a college-age son and has been married to Bruce Barry for 21 years.