TVA Supports Earth Day Observances
April 20, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― Community cleanups at reservoirs and recreation areas, a student-led solar project in Chattanooga and a new initiative to help people protect their waterfront property are among the Tennessee Valley Authority activities and observances for Earth Day 2012.
“Tying together everything TVA is doing to celebrate Earth Day this year is the concept of shared stewardship,” said Bruce Schofield, vice president of TVA Land & Shoreline Management. “With more than 293,000 acres and 11,000 miles of shoreline entrusted to TVA, we need partners to help protect and enhance public lands across the Tennessee Valley. The actions people take, individually and collectively, can contribute to a better and cleaner environment.”
TVA is introducing its new Waterfront Yards initiative at Earth Day events across the region. The program encourages lakefront property owners to use of riparian buffers ― strips of plants, shrubs and trees left to grow along the shoreline. These plants help stabilize the shoreline, reduce sediments and contaminants getting into the water and provide shade to cool the water’s edge. Benefits to the landowners include protecting water quality and performing less maintenance on their property.
On April 23, Chattanooga’s Howard School of Academics and Technology and TVA will dedicate a student-led solar installation at the school that TVA helped develop. TVA also is joining other regional organizations for environmental education sessions on Friday with students at Sullivan Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn., and with regional Girl Scout Troops on Sunday at the Gray Fossil Museum in Washington County, Tenn.
Earlier this month, TVA staff organized trail maintenance and information sessions near rock-climbing areas at Foster Falls Campground in Marion County, Tenn., and led shoreline cleanup and maintenance at Douglas Lake with area high school student volunteers.
A schedule of TVA Earth Day activities that are open to the public is listed below.
TVA has a renewed vision to be one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by 2020. To achieve that vision, TVA is increasing renewable power and clean energy in its generation mix. This will help reduce or avoid emissions and improve regional air quality.
In 2011, more than 40 percent of TVA’s energy came from clean or carbon-free sources – nuclear, hydro and renewable power. As of March 2012, TVA's operating renewable power capacity is about 5,600 megawatts, including hydroelectric power, wind contracts, TVA's Generation Partners and Renewable Standard Offer initiatives, and other TVA-owned wind, solar, landfill methane and biomass generation. TVA’s maximum nuclear power capacity is more than 6,600 megawatts.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
TVA Earth Day 2012 Activities
TVA staff will be participating in the following Earth Day activities across the region. Many of the events are free of charge, and all are open to the public:
Earth Day - Operation Green Team, Hays Nature Preserve, South U.S. 431, east of Huntsville, Ala., April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. TVA will promote its Waterfront Yards program. The event also includes information on home energy efficiency, a birding hike, a 5K nature walk/bike ride, a farmer’s market, storytelling, healthy cooking demonstration, a beekeeping seminar and children’s activities.
5th Annual Shoals Earth Day Fest, Colbert County Courthouse, 201 North Main Street, Tuscumbia, Ala., April 21, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. TVA will promote its Waterfront Yards program. The event features eco-friendly displays, live music, children's activities, and crafts. A tour at the Helen Keller Library will showcase its new solar panels. Local non-profits will sell their "junk and treasures" at the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rummage Sale."
Cherokee Lake POWER Cleanup, Quarryville Boat Ramp on Highway 11W near Mooresburg, Tenn., April 21, 9 a.m.-noon. This event, sponsored by Holston Electric Cooperative and the Rogersville-Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce, will cleanup shoreline areas from the John Sevier Power Plant to the Hawkins/Hamblen County line. Boaters, fishermen, lake property owners and other volunteers are invited to participate. Meet at the Quarryville Boat Ramp, near Cherokee Boat Dock in Mooresburg, at 9 a.m. on Sat., April 21. Participants will receive a free t-shirt and treat bag. Gloves and trash bags provided.
Knoxville EarthFest, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, Tenn., April 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TVA will promote its Waterfront Yards program. The event includes a light bulb exchange by KUB, environmental education programs, a youth area, a mercury thermometer exchange and a blood drive. The theme of the event is “zero waste.”
Art in the Park "The Cradle Rocks," Paulette Elementary School, 1001 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, Tenn., April 21, noon. TVA will promote its Waterfront Yards program. The event includes a juried art show and competition for all ages, live music and a farmer's market.
City of Chattanooga's Spring Fest, Coolidge Park, 150 River St., Chattanooga, Tenn., April 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. TVA will promote its Waterfront Yards program. Spring Fest features an outdoor expo and gear swap, green and summer camp expos, and a pet adoption event.
Marshall County People Against a Littered State Clean-up, Guntersville, Ala., April 21 - April 28, 3:30 p.m. “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” spring clean-up.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865) 632-8860
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000