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Green Initiatives: Chattanooga's Commitment to Sustainability
Chattanooga was first galvanized to address environmental issues in 1969 when the federal government designated Chattanooga as one of the "dirtiest cities in America." Chattanoogans learned of this when Walter Cronkite announced it on the CBS Evening News. Since that day Chattanoogans have made environmentally conscious choices at every opportunity, including the following:
- The Chattanooga Airport has a substantial sustainability program including a 2.1 MW Solar Farm, LEED-certified facilties, and the world's first LEED Platinum aviation terminal (the corporate flight center).
- Chattanooga Convention Center became one of the Top 10 Green convention centers in the nation
- Created free electric shuttle for transportation throughout the downtown district
- Installed an inexpensive Bike Share Transit System with 300 bicycles at 30 stations throughout downtown
- Numerous restaurants offer Farm to Table services with locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally produced breads, pastries, and meats
- Volkswagen Group of America opened their only U.S. Manufacturing facility. the site is the worlds first LEED Platinum auto assembly plant.
- Tennessee Aquarium's conservation effors include recycling, composting, energy-efficient appliances, reusing water in some exhibits.
- Ruby Falls was the first attraction in the world to become Green Globe certified.
- Rock City Gardens focuses on land conservation efforts throughout the state, replaced millions of lights to LED ones.
- Green Lodging Program encourages accommodations and restaurants to be aware of their environmental impact and try and reduce their carbon footprint.
- Chattanooga boasts 30+ LEED Certified buildings.