Sustainability Professionals Launch New Organization To Support Growth In Sector

First Educational Event Is May 8

Friday, May 1, 2015

The new organization, Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga, has been formed to support employees who are dedicated to promoting sustainability practices within their corporations.  

Elizabeth Hammitt, director of Environmental Stewardship and Community at EPB and president of Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga, envisioned such a group about two years ago. “As our community continues to grow its environmental reputation, there is a need for experts versed in how to implement green programs and processes. We believe that every organization can benefit from integrating sustainability into its operations. Together, we can offer the experience, resources, and support to help local groups realize these financial and social benefits, and we will advocate for sustainability as a viable career choice.” 

To date, representatives from the following companies have joined the new organization:  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, city of Chattanooga, EPB, green|spaces, Shaw Carpets, Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Green Hospitality, The Crash Pad, UTC, Unum, Urban Century Institute and WAP Sustainability. 

Membership is $50 per individual, which provides access to member only roundtable discussions, educational opportunities and insight on best practices of starting a sustainability program at an office. 

The organization is hosting bi-monthly Open to Public Events where anyone can join to learn more about sustainability strategies. The lunch and learns are $10 for non-members and will be hosted at green|spaces at 63 E. Main St. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Topics will include:  May 8 - Getting Started with Going Green at Your Office; July 10 - Fear of Costs: Justifying Green Programs; Sept. 11 - Product Sustainability and Certifications: Preventing Greenwashing and Nov. 13: Implementing a Recycling Program in Your Workplace.  

For more information on the Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga, visit or contact Dawn Hjelseth at

AOC Launching New Indigent Representation Payment System In February

The Administrative Office of the Courts will modernize its disbursement system for indigent representation payments to attorneys, interpreters, expert witnesses, and investigators in February 2018. The new AOC Claims and Payment (ACAP) system will replace the Indigent Claim Entry (ICE) system and will allow users to more accurately and efficiently input and track claims for payment.The ... (click for more)

Consistent Cold Temps Boosting EPB Bottom Line

Consistent cold temps are boosting EPB's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Greg Eaves said. The city utility had $1.1 million in revenues from kilowatt sales in December. It wound up with a positive margin of over $3 million for the month. Mr. Eaves said January "is looking real good as well with consistent cold temperatures." He said the fact that the cold weather ... (click for more)

Fleischmann Blames Senate Democrats On Government Shutdown

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann blamed Senate Democrats after the Senate’s failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR), putting a government shutdown into place. He said,  “I cannot fathom how Senate Democrats, knowing the severity of the issues in question, acted with such insensitivity using our children and our military as pawns, putting party over country. ... (click for more)

Elderly Man Dies In House Fire In Cleveland

An elderly man died in a house fire in Cleveland on Friday night. Neighbors said they were able to pull a woman from the flames at the home at 685 4th St. SE, but were unable to save the man. Fire crews went to the scene shortly after 7 p.m. The cause of the fire is being investigated. (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

It is said that a 15-year-old in Minnesota, where just like the rest of the United States prayer in schools is prohibited, was tasked with writing an essay. He turned in his paper and, as it was returned with an A-plus, it is only fitting that something this clever should begin this week’s edition of The  Saturday  Funnies. Those who enjoy the Funnies understand that ... (click for more)