GRC Press Release | GRC | 02.08.17

Press Release: GRC Director Meets with Nashville Mayor on Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Urban Sustainability Goals

At event launching Livable Nashville recommendations, GRC’s Amy Longsworth will give keynote highlighting business community’s partnership on Boston’s Climate Action Plan


 Music City USA will take a page from Beantown’s sustainability playbook tomorrow when Mayor Megan Barry and her Livable Nashville Committee host Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) Director Amy Longsworth to help launch a new set of recommendations aimed at protecting and enhancing Nashville’s livability and environmental quality.


Longsworth is scheduled to keynote a morning event at Nashville’s Downtown Library, where the Barry Administration will unveil a new set of recommendations on targets ranging from energy efficiency to open space and clean water. She is expected to speak about sustainability efforts in cities across the country, focusing particularly on Boston’s experience and the input of the business community – through the GRC – in helping the City implement its Climate Action Plan. Longsworth will also meet with Mayor Barry and members of the Livable Nashville Committee for informal discussions about what Nashville can learn from Boston’s experience implementing “green” initiatives with the help and support of private sector leaders.


“Mayor Barry and her staff are in the midst of an exciting and far-reaching effort to improve the environment and quality of life in Nashville,” Longsworth said. “The GRC is pleased and honored to be invited to speak about Boston’s experiences in the same realm. It is a tribute to the GRC’s public-private partnership model that other cities have heard our story and want to know more about how business leaders have rallied to support Boston’s climate goals and to lead by example in their own companies and institutions.”


In addition to this week’s talk in Nashville, the GRC has recently presented its model to urban sustainability delegations in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, and multiple US cities. The GRC has also participated in US State Department “Our Cities, Our Climate” international city exchanges, which over two years have included over 30 international cities.

Nashville’s current work builds off of the accomplishments of former Mayor Karl Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, a group similar to the GRC comprising leaders from Nashville’s public, private, environmental, academic, and civic sectors. For more information on the Livable Nashville Committee, visit



The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional and civic leaders in Boston supporting the implementation of the city’s Climate Action Plan. The plan includes strong recommendations on how Bostonians can increase efficiency, reduce emissions and prepare for extreme weather and higher sea levels.   Many cities have produced similar plans.  But few have also enlisted the support and leadership of the local business community as effectively as Boston, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

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