Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, TN

Established in 1791, the City of Knoxville’s portfolio consists of 87 public buildings. In 2021, they signed on to the Better Climate Challenge committing to a 50% reduction in GHG emissions across their 2.06 million square foot portfolio by 2030.


50% GHG reduction in 10 years
20% reduction in Energy Intensity


Better Climate Challenge   Better Buildings Challenge
Low Carbon Pilot   Better Communities Alliance

As part of its commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge, Knoxville pledges to demonstrate savings and lessons learned from energy projects with other partners and the greater community at large. Through Knoxville’s Energy and Sustainability Work Plan, the City has mapped out policies and programs that will reduce excess energy consumption and standardize environmentally sustainable best practices. Through the creation and management of the City’s Energy Savings Performance Contract, the City’s Finance and Purchasing Departments have invested in energy efficiency to reduce long-term utility costs. Knoxville’s energy and sustainability projects will focus on improving the energy efficiency of additional City-owned facilities and sharing implementation successes and challenges with the community.

The City of Knoxville is committed to fighting climate change and encourages community partners to accomplish their energy reduction goals. They have tracked greenhouse gas emissions since 2005 and set ambitious climate goals to ensure a sustainable future that protects their environment while also improving the quality of life for all their citizens.

Climate Challenge Commitment
2.06Million Square Feet
Buildings Challenge Commitment
2.06Million Square Feet
GHG Emissions Goals
50%Reduction in Scope 1 & 2 Emissions
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Goal Achieved26%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)