Office of Sustainability

Sustainable Living for a Better Future
The Town of Farragut aims to become a more sustainable community by balancing environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social responsibility.  

What Is Sustainability?
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have, and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment for present and future generations. (Source: US EPA)

Sustainability encompasses many environmental topics that can be improved at the local, national and global scales.

Air Quality
Air pollution, both outdoor and indoor, can adversely affect our health and critical functions of the atmosphere in many ways. Aside from our health, poor air quality can affect our food crops, damage buildings, harm animals and damage the natural beauty of the area.

Of the total energy consumed in America, about 39% is used to generate electricity. Most of the electricity in the United States is generated from fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas and oil. Conserving energy and utilizing alternative energy sources will lessen the environmental impacts of our energy use. In addition, you can save money on your electric bill.


The world's growing population has lead to the industrialization of farming practices. This has caused producers to focus on food quantity versus food quality, which has negatively impacted the environment. Organic, free range and locally-grown products are all produced with the environment in mind.

Green Products

An abundance of resources and energy go into manufacturing the products we purchase. Many options for green products are available and can save money as well.

Landscaping/Land Use Planning

Proper landscaping and land use planning can reduce negative impacts to the environment while maintaining the desired functionality and aesthetic beauty of an area. By choosing native plants and maintaining property for proper stormwater control, our natural environments stay healthy and thrive.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

In 2010, the average amount of waste each person created was 4.4 pounds per day. This results in about 250 million tons of waste generated in the US in 2010. By reducing waste, reusing products and recycling materials that would otherwise become waste, we can reduce the amount of land used for landfills and reduce harmful impacts to the environment.

Water Quality & Conservation

Conserving water to protect our water supply and protecting our water supply from contamination are important for maintaining good water quality for recreational and ecological purposes. Protecting streams and rivers from sedimentation also reduces the potential for flooding.