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Past Events


October 28-29, 2011
Lipscomb University

Mr. Organic Universal

Amanda Little, author of Power Trip

Rosa Gonzalez of Green for All

TAP was a co-sponsor of this major statewide Summit along with the Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Conservation Voters, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association, and Living Well Events. It is in place of our annual Green Jobs Conference.

Featured Speakers & Program:
Amanda Little, is the author of “Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair with Energy” (Harper Collins) and has published widely on the environment, energy and technology for more than a decade.
Rosa Gonzalez, is a lifelong educator, a visual and performing artist and the Director of Education and Outreach at Green For All - a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
David Hess, is a Vanderbilt professor and author of book, Building Clean-Energy Industries and Green Jobs: Policy Innovations at the State & Local Government Level
Shari Meghreblian is Deputy Commissioner of TN Dept of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) and previously served as Environmental Operations Manager for General Motors in Spring Hill TN
and many others.   More details at  




Every year, Tennessee Alliance for Progress gives out awards to activists who have done exemplary work on progressive causes during the past year (TAP Long Haul Awards), over the course of many years (TAP Lifetime Achievement Long Haul Awards) and to emerging young leaders under age 30 (TAP Young Leader Awards). The 2011 Long Haul Awardees are listed below.









Amanda Little, author of Power Trip.  Check out video of Amanda here.

The Long Haul Awards Celebration featured keynote speaker, Amanda Little, author of the best-selling book Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair with Energy, music by Mr. Organic Universal of Memphis, delicious food and award-winning LeVin Cellars wine from Mendocino County, California and a fabulous silent auction. 


2011 TAP Lifetime Achievement Long Haul Awardees

Linda Parris Bailey - Carpetbag Theatre, Knoxville

Tony Garr- Tennessee Health Care Campaign, Nashville

Rowland Huddleston – MediationWorks, Nashville

2011 TAP Long Haul Awardees

Jane Blake Beasley - Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville

Keith Caldwell – Urban EpiCenter , Nashville

Mary Ellen Bowen – Mid-South Mediation Services, Kids to the Country, Summertown

Bill Howell - Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, Nashville

Chris Irwin - United Mountain Defense, Knoxville, TN

Mariana Lopez Moreno - Workers Dignity Project, Nashville 

2011 TAP Young Leader Awardees

Susanne Bennett - Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville

Tony Murchison – Appalachian Community Fund, Knoxville

Josephine Williams - Mid South Peace and Justice Center, Memphis



2010 Long Haul Awards Resounding Success!



Long Haul Lifetime Achievement Awardee Jeanine Honicker smiles as she receives her award

New video on Long Haul Awards available on You Tube.

"The Long Haul Awards event was the most enjoyable event I've worked in a long time! How enriching to be surrounded by so many fabulous, decent, giving people! Thank you!"
Long Haul volunteer Giselle Roche






TAP Executive Director Nell Levin and TAP Board Member Susan Shann with Van Jones

Members of the Tennessee Green Jobs Network and the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson County met face to face on January 15 with Van Jones, author of The Green-Collar Economy and former White House "green jobs czar. Here is a video statement from Van about the work of the Network.








You Tube Videos! Compass VII Conference on Green Jobs overview video

Other videos:  Opening Session of the Conference on the Tennessee Green Jobs Act with speeches by state Rep. Mike Stewart, State Rep. Brenda Gilmore and environmental lobbyist Mike Murphy.

Lindsay Ruprecht of Action Housing in Pittsburgh. Donna Adkisson of Wider Opportunities for Women, Pt.1.  Donna Adkisson, Pt.2.  Karen Monahan of Sierra Club of Minnesota.  Elsa Barboza of SCOPE-LA.  Bob Balzar of TVA. Musical performances by Shawn Galloway and Mr. Organic Universal.

Powerpoint presentations: Here is a link to the powerpoint presentation of Bob Balzar of TVA and a link to the presentation on energy efficiency by Louise Gorenflo of the Sierra Club. Here are links to the powerpoint presentations of Elsa Barboza of SCOPE-LA, Donna Adkisson of Wider Opportunities for Women, Lindsay Ruprecht of Action Housing in Pittsburgh, Sekou Franklin of the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson County and Trazana Staples of the Middle Tennessee Green Jobs for Women Project.  Here is a link to a Conference overview.


The Compass VI Conference on Green Jobs (December 4-5, 2009) was a big success. A report, photos, downloadable Powerpoint presentations, and other information are available at this link.

"I gave a glowing report about your efforts at our weekly staff meeting (in Oakland, California) focusing both on the substance of the work TAP has been doing, the approach to the two day summit, and the obvious leadership role people of color have in several of the city level efforts. Folks were very excited to hear about all of this."

Ruben Lizardo of PolicyLink, keynote speaker at the Compass VI Conference on Green Jobs in December 2009. 

NEW VIDEO on the Compass VI Conference on Green Jobs, held in December 2009, on YouTube. Here is a link.




Conservation Education/Green Jobs Day on the Hill
Legislative Plaza - Nashville
March 15, 2011

Conservation Education/Green Jobs Day was an opportunity for environmental groups and individuals concerned about clean air, water, land and energy to come together at Legislative Plaza in Nashville to show our Tennessee legislators just how STRONG our collective voice is.

The event is part of the Sustainable Tennessee initiative – a coalition of environmental leaders from across the state who come together each year to establish the top Policy and Practice priorities for our state as part of the Sustainable TN Agenda. This year our top priority is creating new JOBS as part of the Clean Energy Economy. Green Jobs was the focus of the day.

We held a press conference at 11:30 am and had face-to-face meetings with House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, both of whom indicated an interest in our bill, Tennessee High Growth Sustainable Jobs Act, H.B. 1533, S.B. 1177. We met for drinks at Puckett's at 5th and Church at 5 pm and were entertained by Shelby Bottom String Band.



GREEN JOBS NOW! LOBBY DAY ON THE HILL. St. Patrick's Day, Wed. March 17th, Legislative Plaza, 6th and Union, Downtown Nashville.

We had a great press conference and lobby day at the state legislature. Green stickers saying "I love green jobs" were all over the place. We had good media turnout. All three of our primary sponsors (Reps Mike Stewart and Brenda Gilmore and Sen. Andy Berke) spoke at the press conference.

We had a vanload of six people come down from Clairfield, way up in Appalachian coal country and Carol Judy, their spokesperson, talked at the press conference and also visited three state legislators from their area. We had folks from SOCM come down from the Knoxville area. They also met with their legislators. Also, had at least three of our partners from Memphis in attendance, including Tony Okhiro of Labfour, who spoke at the press conference. Other speakers included Andy Geshwiler of Tn Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy, Jerry Lee of AFL/CIO, and Robert Grant, who spoke for the Task Force and did a great job. We had an excellent volunteer turnout. Plus, we had fun playing Irish fiddle music. All in all, a great day....

GREEN JOBS   The Tennessee Green Jobs Act 2010 (Senate Bill 3120, House Bill 3654) was voted down by 12 Republicans in the House Commerce Committees on April 28. Here is TAP Coordinator Nell Levin's blog on this vote that was published in the Tennessean. Here is a link to the amended version of the Act.  TAP's Green-Collar Jobs Task Force was instrumental in the writing of the Act.

Here is the Green Jobs Act story that ran on Nashville Public Radio, March 23, 2010.  It includes interview with Rep. Brenda Gilmore, sponsor of the Act.  Here is a link to the story.

Building a Green Economy by Paul Krugman of the New York Times discusses the question: Is it possible to make drastic cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions without destroying our economy?  Here is a link to this provocative and informative article.



TVA's Green Power Switch


TVA's Green Power Switch, After decades of animosity, the federal power company and its environmental critics find some accord on clean energy, by Rick Held of Tennessee Green Jobs Network.

This informative article was the cover story in the February 15th issue of Knoxville's Metro Pulse.

Here's a link to the article.







The Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville-Davidson County is a coalition of activists, advocates, and residents concerned with fighting environmental degradation and poverty. We believe green economic solutions can enhance environmental quality and provide career-track jobs for residents from high poverty and moderate-income communities as well as people with barriers to employment.

The May 2010 flood was a natural disaster of major proportions. In addition to causing injury and the loss of life, it caused major damage to Nashville’s infrastructure in the cost of billions of dollars. While it is essential to get disaster relief and assistance to the affected communities, it is also important for Nashville to consider short and long-term plans that prevent the Great Flood from becoming a social disaster.

Here are ten recommendations for an equitable flood recovery. The national group Green for All published the Task Force recommendations on its website. Here is a link to the story.


BIG LOVE TAP Your Foot on Feburary 14th, with Shelby Bottom String Band, Tom Neilson, Barry and Holly Tashian, The Cantrells, Pete and Pat Luboff, Rick and Janis Carnes and Ed Haggard and the Love Drums. It was a wonderful evening. Keep posted for the next TAP Your Foot.

Rick and Janis Carnes

Tom Neilson

Al and Emily Cantrell


House PartyTAP House Party, 4-7 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2009, will be held in the home of TAP Board Chair Mark Burnett and his wife Ann Olsen. It will feature G. Dodd Galbreath, of the Institute for Sustainability, Lipscomb University, Dr. Dan Joranko, former TAP Board Chair and member of the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson County and Candade Corrigan, Actress/Playwright/Singer/Songwriter, Author of “The Perfect 36” and “Through A Woman’s Voice.”


The Green Jobs Corps resolution passed Metro Council on July 21, 2009 with 35 co-sponsors signing on. We want to extend a special thanks to our two key sponsors, Councilman Erik Cole and Councilwoman Erica Gilmore. The resolution asks that the Green Jobs Corps be created as a community/public/private partnership and that green jobs that provide pathways out of poverty target Nashville's distressed communities. This initiative is being supported by the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville-Davidson County, of which TAP is a key member.


PRESS CONFERENCE in support of Green Jobs Corps resolution was held Thursday, July 2, 2009, 12:15 pm, Farmer's Market, 900 8th Avenue North, Nashville. You can read the Channel 2 news story at this link; it includes a video.