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Music City is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80%

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – As part of his sustainability agenda for early 2022, Mayor John Cooper is committing to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in Davidson County.

The Mayor’s Office will work across Metro departments and with community partners on a draft implementation plan to target Metro’s biggest sources of emissions and its best opportunities to reduce them.

The Metro Board on February 1 approved a resolution to reduce Metro’s emissions by 80%, below its 2014 levels, by 2050.

The mayor’s office is working on a solar feasibility assessment for more than 600 city-owned sites, as the mayor has also pledged support for a much-needed tree-planting effort.

The city hopes to begin installations as early as next year. The Metro Council in January 2022 approved funding for this feasibility research as the final step in efforts to further power Metro Government with renewable energy.

The Metro government will also plant half a million trees in Davidson County by 2050 through its Root Nashville public-private partnership.

The plan is to plant 9,500 trees this year and another 12,000 in 2023, to bring Nashville closer to its goal of half a million by 2050.

Mayor’s office says trees are essential to public health because they allow cities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the harmful effects of heat in the urban core and manage water runoff storms.

Nashville has lost a total of 918 acres of trees over the past 14 years, mostly on parcels under development from 2008 to 2016, according to 2018 GIS layers maintained by Metro.

The Metro Council in December 2021 approved legislation to invest approximately 1% of revenue from city construction activities in the restoration, maintenance, and growth of Nashville’s tree canopy.