Join us at the NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENTAL COLLEGE, a series highlighting Chattanooga’s polluted past; environmental issues in your neighborhood; which everyday products can harm your health; and how to choose eco-friendly options.
This event is free and open to everyone.
 Discover innovative ways to reduce waste, conserve energy, and promote sustainable practices in your community. From practical tips to large-scale initiatives, our speakers will share their knowledge and experiences to inspire you to make a positive impact. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to connect with community members, exchange ideas, and contribute to a greener future. Sessions will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the South Chattanooga Community Center, 1151 W. 40th Street.
During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, engage in interactive workshops, and gain valuable insights into creating a more eco-friendly neighborhood. Whether you’re a seasoned environmentalist or just starting your journey toward a greener lifestyle, this event is perfect for everyone.
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  • Did you hear the one about smoke from Canadian wildfires? Learn more about air quality alerts from
    the fires, the chemical spill in East Ridge, indoor and outdoor air quality issues, and the actions you can
    take to protect your health.

    • Dawn M. Ford, Ph.D., Epidemiology Department Manager, Hamilton County Health Department

  • Learn about environmental home inspections before your newborn’s arrival, household pollutants,
    toxins, and things mama’n ’em did that you shouldn’t do; plus stories about chemicals and
    contamination that will make you pay Atten-Hut!

    • Wayne Brown, Director of Development, GreenSpaces

  • Whether you’re indoors or outside, the environment impacts your health. Learn how to protect children and pets from the hazards of lead paint in older homes, schools, churches, etc. What dangers may be lurking in local restaurants, tattoo/piercing parlors, pools, daycares, schools, campsites, and hotels?

    • Dawn Curley, ASW, CHANT/CLPPP Program Manager, Hamilton County Health Department

    • Ryan Brown, Environmental Health Program Manager, Hamilton County Health Department
  • Climate change can affect animals and so can your habits, home, and community. Make your pet’s
    environment safe and sustainable.

    • James Brantley, Zoologist

  • Discover ways you can reduce the cost and impact of stormwater and sewer overflow, floods, bacterial
    contamination in our streams, and poor water quality. Make your yard RainSmart with native plants,
    stormwater basins/barrels, and financial rebates.

    • Emily Mathis, Water Quality Specialist, City of Chattanooga Stormwater Resources

    • Mary Beth Sutton, Executive Director, WaterWays

  • To compost or not to compost; that is the question for seasonal pumpkins, Christmas trees, and the
    cups, plates, and cutlery for your Hannukah gathering, Thanksgiving dinner, Fourth of July cookout,
    Juneteenth celebration, and other holiday events.

    • Jessie Gant-Temple, Local Farmer & Farmer’s Market Coordinator

    • Michael Ryan, NewTerra Compost

  • Does Chattanooga’s environmental past impact your community? What lies beneath your home, school,
    playground, business, hospital or other surrounding … and is it harmful to your health?

    • Dwan Austin, Brownfields Coordinator, City of Chattanooga Economic Development

    • Pat Gribben, P.G., Environmental Consultant II, Tennessee Division of Remediation

    • Troy Keith, P.G., Environmental Consultant, Tennessee Division of Remediation

  • Are you one of 5,000 property owners with lead contamination? Get updates, sign up for soil removal,
    and talk with the expert assigned to oversee the project. However, if it ain’t lead, can you fix it?

    • Jasmin Jefferies, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4

    • Troy Keith, P.G., Environmental Consultant, Tennessee Division of Remediation

  • Hear from a major housing developer, who turns lemons into lemonade by building new homes on old
    manufacturing sites. Make your own mark by using environmentally safe building products. Weekend
    warriors, before you tackle a “Honey Do” list, be sure to avoid unhealthy construction mistakes.

    • Ethan Collier, Chief Executive Officer, Collier Development

    • Sam Young, Green’s Design and Supply, Registered Architect

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