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He may be young, but he’s passionate about the environment and serving the community, so he’s destined for big things. Meet Alexander Tuttle, the town’s latest AmeriCorps member.
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national programs that connect Americans with service opportunities in education, the environment, public safety, health and homeland security. Members serve for approximately a year and receive a scholarship or stipend.
Alexander graduated from UT in May with a degree in environmental and soil sciences. He was inspired to pursue an AmeriCorps position by his mother, Angela Tuttle, who spent three years in Cameroon with the Peace Corps. She is now an elementary school teacher.
Alexander is the 10th AmeriCorps member to work in the town’s stormwater program. Six of those have worked under Stormwater Coordinator Lori Saal. She’s been on her own since Covid, so she’s happy to have the extra help.
“After just a short time in this position, Alexander has proven to be a valuable asset to our stormwater program. I am eager to discover how his insight and enthusiasm will enhance our program during his service term,“ she says.
One of Alexander’s first priorities is to design a riparian buffer for Little Turkey Creek at Wentworth subdivision. The installation of native trees and shrubs on HOA property, between the creek and some of the subdivision’s homes, will stabilize the bank and protect wildlife habitat, he says. The project is funded by a grant from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
He will also work on updating and improving maps of Farragut’s stormwater assets and areas of concern within the stream channels.
Like his mom, Alexander has a heart for educating. He hopes to create educational events for schools and the general public and expand educational opportunities at the town’s outdoor classroom, located adjacent to the Farragut High School campus on Campbell Station Road.
He also has a vision to create a program for school-age kids that would allow them to earn badges as they learn about conservation and protecting the environment.
“It’s what I’m most excited about,” he says.