Tuesday, April 21, 2015 03:00 PM


On Wednesday we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth Day Network has proclaimed 2015 the year that economic development and sustainability join hands. As Metro Nashville looks toward selecting a new mayor, there is no better time than now to make this Earth Day goal a reality.

At Wednesday's Land & Water Forum for Nashville's candidates, it is the goal of The Nature Conservancy, Greenways for Nashville, the Cumberland River Compact and The Land Trust for Tennessee to raise the dialogue on how the next administration will conserve and restore Nashville's natural infrastructure. Our natural infrastructure of trees, streams and open space is critical to our community's economic future.

Our rate of growth in is on the verge of outstripping our ability to preserve what is special about Nashville. We have to achieve

THE TENNESSEAN The Cumberland River can be the vibrant resource that holds our community together. Ensuring its health and the commitment to cleaner Metro streams must be a cornerstone for the next mayor. We must accelerate urban tree planting with an emphasis on downtown.

We believe for the next administration to be successful these goals cannot be achieved without private/public partnerships. We ...

News source: http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/04/21/balance-sustainability-economic-development/26123673/

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