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Sustainable Resilience

Every Tennessee community faces challenges. In the past several years, Tennessee communities have been faced with many extreme weather events from historic flooding to droughts. Communities face other challenges, too: need for improved water infrastructure, community health concerns, transportation snarls, economic and development conflicts.

What if your community had the opportunity to pause and take stock, identify the status of its priorities, learn about a range of resources and action steps to support priorities more holistically, and take some positive steps toward a more resilient and sustainable future?

TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices is working with several communities in Tennessee to do that over the next two years through  Risk & Resilience Strategic Planning and Community Engagement Sessions for Tennessee Communities.

This program will offer technical assistance-based workshops and community engagement sessions to Tennessee communities that will support them in taking stock regarding their vulnerabilities, needs, and priorities. Next, this program will identify a range of federal, state, and local resources available to support the community in its priority areas. Finally, these sessions will provide technical assistance and community engagement activities to implement positive action consistent with consideration of risk-management, resilience planning, environmental stewardship, conservation, smart growth, and sustainability.

Please download the PDF below to view the Request for Applications for more information on this program.

Request for Applications (PDF)



Welcome to Sustainable Resilience for Communities, a program operated by the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices (OPSP) in the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  Developed in response to community requests, this program supports communities in pursuing sustainable resilience with their own priorities in focus.

So what is sustainable resilience? Sustainable resilience is the ability of communities to confront changing conditions, absorb disturbances with flexibility, and utilize existing resources and local partnerships to achieve community goals without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Everyone can do something to support more sustainable and resilient living.

Sustainable resilience engages all aspects of community life: government, business and industry, jobs, food systems, natural environment, water resources, energy, housing, health care, education, transportation and infrastructure, workforce development, and more. OPSP has scoured many existing sustainability and resilience models and tools and developed a clearinghouse of resources designed to assist you. These resources provide a great start; combined with partnerships between citizens, the private sector, local, state, and federal government, academia, and non-governmental organizations, your community can become more sustainable and resilient.

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On this website, you can find support in building sustainability and resilience capacity through

Contact Information

Chad Kimes

Christina Ashie Guidry

This Page Last Updated: August 26, 2019 at 10:53 AM