Sustainability Resources

General Resources

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EPA Sustainability - Information on smart growth and sustainable communities; air, climate, and energy; sustainable water; and materials management and safe products.

EPA Learn the Issues: Green Living - Information on sustainable living at home, in the garden, in your community, at work, at school, on the road, and when shopping.

National Geographic: Green Guide - Information on a sustainable home and garden, travel and transportation, food, and green living. The site also includes numerous buying guides.

Keep America Beautiful - The nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, which combines education with hands-on stewardship to make America's communities cleaner, greener, safer, and more livable.

Go Green at Home! For Kids and Adults - An article describing some of the simple actions you can take to be more sustainable at home, benefiting both the environment and your wallet!

Topic-Specific Resources

Air Quality:

Learn more about how your health, the environment, and the economy are related to air quality.


Learn more about energy efficiency and alternative energy sources.


Learn more about how various farming practices impact your health and the environment.

Organic: Organically-grown food is food grown and processed using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. No prohibited substances can be applied to the land for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop. Genetically-modified crops are prohibited and producers are required to feed livestock 100 percent organic feed. Organically-raised animals may not be given hormones to promote growth.

Free-range: Free-range applies to poultry and producers must demonstrate to the US Department of Agriculture that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside and are not restricted to a poultry house.

Farms and Nurseries


Green Products: 

Learn More about green product options and labels.

Post-consumer product: A product made from materials recovered from the solid waste stream and used in place of raw materials. This includes materials collected for recycling.

Refurbished product: A product that has been completely disassembled and restored to its original working order while maximizing the reuse of its original materials.

Environmentally preferable product: Product that has a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.


  • Bring a reusable bag when you go shopping. You can keep it in your car so you always have it with you.
  • Purchase items made from recycled materials.
  • Donate your old items to thrift stores, rather than throwing them away.
  • Buy durable, long-lasting items, rather than disposable items.
  • Buy in bulk. You will dispose of less packaging long-term.


Land Use/Landscaping: 

Learn More about how proper landscaping and smart development planning can improve our environment.


- Plant native species in your yard and garden. They require less overall maintenance including less watering , fertilizers, and pesticides.

  • Redbud
  • River Birch
  • Sweetbay Magnolia
  • Sweetgum
  • Sycamore
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Waxmyrtle 
  • Buttonbush
  • St. John’s-wort
  • Highbush blueberry
  • Mountain Laurel
  • American Beautyberry
  • Blackberries
  • Azaleas

- Build a rain garden to encourage water to soak into the ground.



Learn more about trash and the benefits of recycing.


  • Reduce food waste by using up or donating the food you already bought.
  • Reuse items around the house such as rags, empty jars, and gift wrap.
  • Recycle plastics, paper, aluminum, tin, cardboard, etc. that cannot be reused.
  • Buy products made from recycled materials, which encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content products available.
  • Compost your food scraps and yard wastes.


Water Quality:

Learn More about the importance of water quality on your health, the enviroment, and the ecomony.

Common water pollutants:

  • Excess nutrients
  • Oil and grease
  • Pathogens
  • Sediment


Poem about water quality


Local Resources

Town of Farragut: Stormwater Matters - The Town of Farragut's water quality program. Water quality is an important part of sustainability.

Ijams Nature Center - A 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and responsible environmental stewardship for all people. 

UT Make Orange Green –  Make Orange Green is a comprehensive program that promotes and coordinates environmental stewardship activities at the University of Tennessee. 

Pellissippi State Community College Sustainable Campus Initiative

Local Affiliates of Keep America Beautiful