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The two Scotts: District 5 Councilman Scott Davis and Long Haul Awardee Scott Banbury



with Chris Lunghino, Sierra Club, "A Clean Energy Future"

Music by Jeff & Vida, Beer by Little Harpeth Brewing


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Our hostess & TAP Board member Emily Richardson and Bennett


TAP Board chair Mark Burnett, Lana Pierce and Jamie Woodruff


Jeff and Vida - They got people up and dancing!


SAT. March 29, 6 to 8 pm

Village Church, 211 North 11th Street, East Nashville

Movie will be followed by a discussion. All invited!

Sponsored by: Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Workers Dignity, SEIU Local 205, A Voice, League of Women Voters of Tennessee, Tennesseans for Fair Taxation and Village Church. 

Watch the YouTube trailer here.


The film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Reich, who Time magazine called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century, stars in this dynamic, witty and entertaining documentary. Don't miss it!

TAP's FunRaiser and Annual Meeting on December 15

50 people attended this fun event. The homemade food was delicious, the wine flowed, the music by The Cantrells and Shelby Bottom String Band members was delightful and Rev. Ed Sanders provided a heartfelt homage to author and TAP Advisory Board member John Egerton.  Executive Directors Dan Joranko and Nell Levin and Chair Mark Burnett gave an update on TAP's plans for 2014.  And we raised some money!  Thanks to all who attended and to those of you who could not attend but made a donation. 


If you missed this event, you can still make a year-end donation to TAP. We are deeply grateful for every donation --large or small. Click on the DONATE TO TAP button on your right.  Thanks!


Rev. Ed Sanders


Dane Forlines, President of McFerrin Park Neighborhood Association


TAP Secretary/Treasurer Gene TeSelle


District 5 Councilman Scott Davis and TAP Vice Chair Jackie Sims


Shelby Bottom String Band


All photos by TAP Board member Ita Hardesty Mason.  Thanks, Ita!





Nathan from E3 Innovate at Community Meeting

Presentations by:

* The Housing Fund Home Weatherization Loan Program

* Rebuilding Together: Healthy Neighborhood Project in District 5

* E3 Innovate Home Energy Company

Sponsored by Tennessee Alliance for Progress with grants from the Frist Foundation and the Village Fund.

TAPROOTS COFFEE at the Roxy Revival Event, Sat. Nov. 9



TAP operated our pop-up TAPROOTS COFFEE shop at the Roxy Revival event on Nov. 9, 2013.  If restored, the Roxy Theater could become a venue for film and music in East Nashville, like the Belcourt Theater is for Hillsboro Village.  TAPROOTS COFFEE served gourmet coffee and tea, delicious pastries, soft drinks and water at a store front on the corner of Wilburn and Meridian, right across the street from the theater. We had a steady flow of customers all day long. Would you like TAP to open a coffee shop?  Please take our survey at   Thanks!

Overflow Crowd at NOAH's Just GROWTH or JUST Growth Summit


The Summit on September 28 attracted an enthusiastic overflow crowd to First Baptist Capitol Hill Church. Keynote speaker was Dr. Chris Brenner, author of Just Growth, and Rev. Forrest Harris of American Baptist College. Breakout sessions were held on Housing, Incarceration, Economic Development, Healthcare and Education. Below, TAP Executive Co-Director Dan Joranko at the microphone.


The Summit was presented by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), building a powerful, metro-wide social justice organization to address issues determined by its members to be impacting their communities. NOAH is interfaith and multi-racial. It will engage ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena. It is open to any value-based congregations or organizations that are interested in this work (whether they are faith-based or not). Go to for more information. Tennessee Alliance for Progress is a member of NOAH.


Here is a link to an op-ed on the Summit that was published by the Tennessean on Sept. 26, 2013.



Concession stand: Jackie Hansom and Brian Schafer


Hogslop String Band


Square dancers


Great event on the lawn of historic McGavock House, Sat. Aug. 24, 4 to 8 pm,

East Nashville with Hogslop String Band and Shelby Bottom String Band!




Johnny Warren, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp and Barry Bales gather around the microphone


The Earls of Leicester (pronounced Less-ter) played a Bluegrass Benefit for TAP on June 28 at Nashville's Historic Station Inn.  The Earls re-created the sound of the seminal bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. The musicianship of this all star group (Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Johnny Warren) was mind blowing! This was an evening of bluegrass played by the masters to an enthsiastic standing room only crowd. TAP is deeply grateful to all the musicians for this gift.  If you missed the show, you can still support TAP by making a donation here.  See Benefit photos below.


Thanks to our sponsors Gruhn Guitars, international dealer of fine instruments, and Chadwick Folding Bass, "the only upright bass you need to own."


The band. L-R: Kurt Storey (soundman), Jerry Douglas, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales, Shawn Camp, TAP's Nell Levin, Tim O'Brien, Johnny Warren and TAP's Dan Joranko.


Charlie Cushman tears it up on the banjo.


Jerry Douglas and Nell Levin


Tim O'Brien at the microphone.




Workshop funded by a grant through the USDA. Presented by Tennessee State University
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Tennessee Alliance for Progress. 


Green is Alive in District 5 Launch!



The Green is Alive in District 5 Energy Efficiency Demonstration Project Launch on April 6 was a great success. Great turnout, enthusiastic support from neighborhood residents, uplifting speakers, beautiful day.  We had it all. Tell us what you think! Click here to take our Green is Alive in District 5 survey.  Find out how you can participate in Green is Alive below.  Here are some Launch photos.


Neighborhood activist Ben Jordan


Neighborhood member J. Crawford speaks.  Erik Daughtrey of E3 Innovate listens.


Luke Gebhard, Director of Nashville Energy Works program


TAP's Nell Levin and District 5 Councilman Scott Davis


Scott Wallace of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods and New Livingstone Baptist Church


Do you live in Metro Nashville Council District 5? (See map below.) Do you own your home? 

Find out how you can make your home more comfortable, save money on your utility bills, iincrease the value of your home AND help create jobs for District 5 residents!  Contact Dan Joranko at 888-903-9576.  If you live in another part of Davidson County, go to for more information on weatherizing your home. Click here for information about The Housing Fund's low-interest rate, long term home retrofit loan program.


TAP volunteers & board members at Cleveland Park East Egg Hunt. L-R: Sam McCullough, Barbara Harper, Megan Lynch, Emily Richardson and Brenda Ross.

Nell's Blog: It's not sexy but it could solve our two biggest problems

"Retrofitting old buildings to make them more energy efficient may not sound sexy. But taking retrofits to scale could create hundreds of thousands of career-path jobs in America for the people who need them most, while addressing climate change and slashing utility bills." (PolicyLink newsletter, 12/4/12).

For the last three years, Tennessee Alliance for Progress has been linking retrofit/weatherization work to career-path jobs.  We are a key outreach partner for Mayor Dean's Nashville Energy Works (NEW) home weatherization program which has, thus far, reached only a small percentage of the 143,000 homes in Davidson County.  3,200 homes have had energy audits, 1,200 homeowners have done some work on their homes and 450 homes have reached the 15% threshold that allows homeowners to get the full $1,000 in NEW rebates.  And yet, Nashville is considered one of the top performing cities out of the 12 Southeastern cities that received Dept. of Energy funding to do weatherization work, largely because of the community outreach of TAP.  

Our vision of addressing climate change, slashing utility bills and creating good green jobs persists. We see the tremendous number of jobs that retrofitting old homes and buildings could create and so we continue to move this vision forward, despite the recession, despite living in a red state, despite the anti-environmentalists in our state legislature.

We gave up on the state legislature after the 2010 election. We have taken our work to the hood -- East Nashville's District 5, to be exact.  The goals of our Green is Alive in District 5 Energy Efficiency Demonstration Project are to weatherize 100 homes and 10 businesses in this majority-black, low- to moderate-income neighborhood and create green jobs for neighborhood residents.



TAP's Green is Alive in District 5 Project has two goals: 1) Weatherize 100 homes and 10 businesses via the Mayor's Nashville Energy Works program in this majority-black, low-to-moderate income East Nashville neighborhood; and 2 Create green jobs for District 5 residents.

We need volunteers! If you want to volunteer to help with this Project, please contact Dan Joranko at 888-903-9576.   Check back here for updates on the Project.

3rd Nashville Women's Empowerment Workshop held on Saturday, March 16, 2013


Thanks to a grant from the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, TAP was a sponsor of this well-attended Workshop. Go here for more information on the next Women's Empowerment Workshop, to be held in a few months. Below is Trazana Staples, TAP's former Women in Green Jobs Project Coordinator.  Trazana has a new book out, Ecopreneurship: 10 Steps in Creating Your Green Business.  Order your copy here.



Ensuring women are prepared to succeed in a 21st century changing economy is critical to the financial stability of women, their families, and our country. Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career is a comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs. The guide also provides vulnerable women a pathway to higher paying jobs, and serves as a tool to help fight job segregation.




MUST READ!  Brilliant new article by Naomi Klein: Capitalism

vs. the Climate.

Here's a bio of Naomi Klein, best-selling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

"Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change."



TAP's 10th Anniversary Celebration


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TAP's 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Oct. 9, 2011 was a resounding success.  Here is a link to We're All In This Together, the new video on TAP's history.  Check it out! 

Here is a link to Vision and Values: The History of Tennessee Alliance for Progress by Gene TeSelle, TAP Secretary/Treasurer.


Nashville Women and Green Jobs Focus Group Report

Nashville Wormen and Green jobs Focus Group


TAP's Women in Green Jobs Project is designed to organize, inform and educate women about the issues of green jobs and the environment, as well as build their leadership and advocacy skills. A specific emphasis is on women from economically disadvantaged communities.  This report comes from a recent focus group with a diverse group of women who want to start their own green businesses.

Here is a link to the report.



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.