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Music City Center Sustainability Tour (ticketed event)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

The Music City Center is a LEED Gold-certified building. Learn about green building design and sustainability initiatives including the four-acre green roof, 360,000 gallon rain water cistern, and an array of 845 solar panels. The Music City Center prides itself on its' water conservation, responsible purchasing, green operations, green construction, energy conservation, and indoor air quality.

One of the Music City Center’s most impressive sustainable features is the green roof. Designed to mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee, the roof spans over four acres and is currently the largest green roof in the Southeast. The 175,000 square foot roof is composed of 14 different types of vegetation and a waterproofing membrane. The green roof is an integral part in our overall sustainability plan, helping to reduce energy usage by absorbing heat and acting as an insulator to reduce the amount of energy needed to provide heating and cooling to the facility. The waterproofing membrane extends the life of the roof by protecting it from UV rays and wind and by absorbing rainwater, thus reducing the amount of storm water runoff. The green roof helps to lower urban air temperatures by reducing the “heat island effect” and also helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The vegetation on the roof provides a natural habitat for plants, insects and wildlife that would otherwise have limited space in an urban environment.

The Music City Center has QR codes posted on signs throughout the building, where participants can obtain additional information by scanning the QR code with their smartphone.

NOTE: Group will meet at the conference registration desk at 12:45 PM, and walk to the Music City Center for the tour.

Nashville Green Roof & Green Street Tour (ticketed event)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
1:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The Nashville Green Roof & Green Street Tour will visit 7 sites, that highlight their sustainability efforts around water issues:

  1. The Freeman Webb Building: The inviting green roof, which offers an ideal setting for entertaining colleagues and guests, will filter storm water and reduce the building's cooling costs. As Tennessee's first LEED Gold Certified building, and winner of the International Green Apple Environmental Award in 2010, the Freeman Webb Building is proud to be a leader in Tennessee's green infrastructure initiative.
  2. 28th/31st Avenue Connector : Completed in the fall of 2012, this Public Works Complete Street project includes landscaped bioswales to capture the stormwater runoff from the road. Bioswales are depressed landscape areas designed to remove silt and pollution from the water runoff before releasing it to the water table or the storm drainage system. The 0.3-mile bridge and roadway link, connects neighborhoods while creating a better line of traffic from Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and TSU to Centennial Medical Center, HCA and Vanderbilt.
  3. Cordell Hull Building: Originally built in the 1950s, this historic landmark was named in honor of Cordell Hull, a Tennessean who served as the 47th United States Secretary of State under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The project included demolition of the Central Services building, complete interior demolition and renovation of the historic Cordell Hull building, installation of a 450-LF underground capitol connector, linking the Cordell Hull building to the State Capitol building, and a three-story parking garage with a green roof. The renovated building now serves as the new home for Tennessee's legislature since November 2017.
  4. Deadrick Street: Deaderick Street sits within the Kerrigan Basin, one of Nashville’s Combined Storm Sewer (CSS) basins, that has historically been subject to overflows., it is Nashville’s first implementation of LID features in the public right-of-way, the first green street in Tennessee and one of the first green street applications in the southeast. The renovations to the street primarily focused on addressing stormwater issues and urban trees. Rain gardens and bioswales were designed with engineered soils to allow infiltration and planted with plants, including many natives, that are adaptable to the extremes of wet and dry conditions. Nashville estimates that over 1.2 million gallons will be removed from the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system on an annual basis through this three block urban street. In addition to the stormwater aspects of Deaderick, a number of other sustainable features were incorporated into the street, including LED lighting, recycled steel site furniture, crushed concrete as base aggregate material, fly ash for concrete and solar powered parking meters.
  5. Metro Public Square: In addition to transforming a former parking lot into a green roof, the major sustainable feature in this award winning design for the renovated Public Square includes a 57,000 gallon rainwater harvesting tank incorporated into the subterranean parking garage. The harvested rainwater provides for all the site’s irrigation. For greater efficiency, the landscape was also designed with native plants and water efficient irrigation system. Recycled materials are also part of the site design.
  6. The Pinnacle at Symphony Place: The Tower entrances of highly articulated stone, metal, and glass convey their durability while acknowledging the building’s distinguished neighbor, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. At twenty-six stories, with the timeless design of classic skyscrapers, the building respects the neighborhood’s intimate scale while offering twenty-three floors of office space to large firms, atop a six-story podium comprising retail, restaurants and a ten-level parking garage. As the first LEED-CS Gold certified building in the State of Tennessee, the Pinnacle incorporates numerous sustainable design features such as low-E glass and a greenroof, located over the parking garage at level seven, landscaped with native plants to absorb heat and rain water and to provide a pleasant retreat for tower occupants.
  7. Korean Veterans Boulevard: This streetscape continues the “Complete Streets” concept with the inclusion of a bike lane and generous sidewalks, as well as, the implementation of several Green Street sustainable features. The roadway encompasses a new urban roundabout at 8th Avenue, which will become a focal point/terminus for the entire boulevard. The streetscape includes on street bike lanes and parking, bio-retention planters, LED pedestrian bollards, porous concrete, solar powered parking meters, site furniture, bike racks, way finding signage, native and drought tolerant plant material, and a water efficient irrigation system.

NOTE: Buses for this tour will assemble outside the hotel at 12:45 p.m., with a 1:00 p.m. departure. This tour will require some physical exercise. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Nashville Green Infrastructure Segway Tour (ticketed event)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Nashville Green Infrastructure Segway Tour will be conducted completely on two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters. The Nashville Green Infrastructure Segway Tour will visit 4 sites of Nashville's Green Infrastructure:

  1. Music City Walk of Fame Park: Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park honors inductees with plaques located on the ground. As part of a renovation, the Music City Walk of Fame Park has increased more green space by adding trees and new environmental lighting. The park features usable green space and better electrical and sound capabilities, and it continues to celebrate the Nashville Music Garden, which is home to nearly 300 roses, including some that are very rare.
  2. Ascend Amphitheater: Riverfront Park, a LEED Gold Certified facility, is the continued realization of the ambitious redevelopment of Nashville’s riverfront. This unique 12-acre park redevelopment masterfully integrates a momentous commercial 6,500 seat amphitheater into a welcoming “Park First” space while generating local economic growth and sustaining Nashville’s legacy as the Music City. As the largest public green space in the downtown core, the park first theme was a key driver from conception to completion. The landscape architect-led team, successfully integrated a world class concert venue into a dynamic public space. The team integrated the architecture with the landscape to create active edges on all sides of the amphitheater. Bioretention is woven throughout public spaces, treating over 3.35 acres of the park. Lush native plantings provide seasonal change and habitat.
  3. Cumberland Play Park: Cumberland Park is an exciting new attraction along Nashville’s riverfront! The park is an innovative play space for children and families incorporating unique play structures and water features. The 6.5 acre park includes an outdoor amphitheater, which accommodates approximately 1,200 people for events. Cumberland Park sits between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge and offers direct access to the Shelby Street Bridge by way of a new elevator and staircase.
  4. Bridge Building: Located downtown on the newly redeveloped riverfront, this historic landmark is the premier Nashville destination for any special occasion. The Bridge Building's many customizable areas, including a rooftop patio with a one-of-a-kind view of Nashville, are perfect for weddings, private dinners, corporate events, concerts, holiday parties and more. The Bridge Building boasts a checklist of green features that puts it on track for LEED Platinum certification, including a geothermal heat-pump system, rainwater harvesting and filtration, solar water heaters, a building automation system, LED lighting, and optimal condition indicators, which determine when the weather is best to open the high-performance operable windows and when mechanical ventilation is most efficient.

NOTE: Buses for this tour will assemble outside the hotel at 12:45 p.m., with a 1:00 p.m. departure. This entire tour will be conducted on a Segway (a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter). This tour will require some physical exercise and physical ability. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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