Pathway Lending commits $10M in loans for green business initiative

Nonprofit to work with area businesses that embrace sustainability
Nov 16, 2012 2:27 PM

Planting shoots

Two projects are aiming to become a hub for Nashville’s growing green consciousness. Next up: Raising the cash
Jul 25, 2011 12:02 AM

Solar power station builder inks supplier deal

Choice Solar Solutions has committed to buying photovoltaic panels from a Luxembourg-Chinese manufacturer solar panels for the next three years. The agreement between the companies involves modules that will have a generation capacity of 30 megawatt peak. Choice intends to roll them out at installations in Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina.

Jul 8, 2011 11:18 AM

Green jobs growing

Tennessee's green jobs sector is small but growing — with about 6,000 employers labeling nearly 44,000 jobs in the state as "green."

WPLN reports on the Green Jobs Report by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Middle Tennessee State University at this link.

Jun 28, 2011 10:50 AM

(n)habit on the move

After almost two years in 12South, Rachel and Edward Martin are relocating (n)habit, their green-focused home supply and design business, to a larger space at 427 Chestnut St. near Greer Stadium. The current store will close its doors this Friday and the Martins will raise the curtain on their new spot — which is 1,800 square feet versus the 1,100 in 12South — on Monday the 18th. Around the corner from the Sounds and Gabby's Burgers, (n)habit will have greater loading dock access and space for the Martins' design and contracting work.

Jun 28, 2011 7:18 AM

Lipscomb's green business award winners

Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice last week recognized winners of its second annual Green Business Leadership Awards. The winners, listed below, were selected by a committee of five business and non-profit representatives from a statewide sustainable business roundtable.

Community Servant of the Year: Mayor Karl Dean

CEO of the Year: Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co.

Green Product of the Year: Nissan Leaf electric car

Public Official of the Year: State Sen. Andy Berke

Southeast Regional Green Business Innovator: Tabitha Crawford, division president, Balfour Beatty Energy Solutions

Tennessee Green Innovator: William Pomakoy, Rhodes Car International

Sustainable Excellence by Design: Collier Construction of Chattanooga

Sustainable Food Leader of the Year: Jeremy Barlow, owner of Tayst

 Green Service of the Year: Bobby Bandy, Earthsavers

Sustainable Achiever of the Year: Tiffany Wilmot, president, Wilmot Inc.

Apr 25, 2011 12:02 PM

Gaylord sets green targets

Building on initiatives launched even before last year's historic flooding, Gaylord Entertainment has set aggressive energy efficiency targets for itself under the GET Green moniker. The Nashville-based hotel and resort operator will make sure future additions and new builds are LEED-certified but the more immediate commitment is to cut energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in the next four years.

“After studying our operations and completing our first greenhouse gas emissions inventory, we decided that energy and emissions were our first priorities,” said Mims.  “But water, waste, and air quality are very important areas for us as well, and we will be announcing similar goals and targets in the very near future.”

SEE ALSO: The Greening of Gaylord, our magazine story from last fall about Mims' hiring and priorities (Subscription needed)

Apr 22, 2011 7:42 AM

Biofuels VC ready to take off

The team at Genera Energy, a venture capital firm backed by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, is preparing to hit the streets looking to raise up to $15 million it will invest in biofuel technologies. Milt Capps has the details.
The fundraising effort is scheduled to close March 31, but may be extended through June 30. A minimum $5 million must be raised to close and the standard is $250,000 investments, with individual units priced at $50,000. No investment has yet been solicited, but the offering will soon be on the streets. Said Davis, "We do believe that there are strategic investors in the entity category [who are prepared to] make substantial investments in the fund. We also think that there are individuals familiar with the Biofuels Initiative that are interested in investing."
Feb 22, 2011 11:52 AM

Making green business pay off

The fourth Green Business Summit hosted by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice will feature workshops and speakers focused on how incorporating environmentally sound practices into your everyday operations can boost profits. The two-day event will take place in late April.
Jan 31, 2011 12:14 PM

Smith Seckman unit wins nuclear research site contract

SSRCx, the commissioning arm of Smith Seckman Reid, has begun working with the National Nuclear Security Administration on a 1.5 million-square-foot research and manufacturing campus in Kansas City. SSRCx will oversee the LEED facilitation, energy modeling and commissioning services that are expected to help cut the facility’s energy use by more than half — that's $374,000 a day — versus its current home, which was built in 1949. Construction is scheduled to run through 2013.
Oct 7, 2010 11:04 AM