ULI Nashville: Nashville’s Carbon Position and Economic Competition


Thursday, October 8th, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT



Panel Discussion on the "Nashville Carbon Competitiveness Report"

Thursday’s discussion on Nashville’s carbon footprint and how that affects our economic competitive position with peer cities was illuminating and thought-provoking about our environmental and economic future.
With findings based on a privately commissioned report (below), the participants explored how Nashville’s energy industry goals are set and how those goals differ from those of our peer cities. Business and development sector panelists explored how renewable power and those carbon goals impact (re) location decisions by large, medium, and small businesses as well as property values, tax revenues, quality of life ….and ultimately the regional stability of middle Tennessee as a weaker competitive position is reflected broadly.
With a better understanding of the implications of Nashville’s carbon footprint and energy industry goals, the discussion may be used to help shape a call to action on identify steps and collaborations  to chart a more sustainable future.  
Download the full report HERE.
Download the slides HERE.
Link to recording HERE
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Thank you to program participants!

Bert Mathews, President, The Mathews Company
Michael P. Vandenbergh, Professor and David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
Report Author:
David Gardiner, David Gardiner & Associates
John Bradley, Senior Vice President for Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority
Anne Davis, Former Managing Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center Nashville Office
Mark Deutschmann, Founder & President, Core Development/City Living Group
Decosta Jenkins, President and CEO, Nashville Electric Service
Ralph Schulz, President and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 
Closing Remarks:
Former Mayor The Honorable Karl F.  Dean

Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt Law School  
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment