State of the Air: TENNESSEE

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Lindsay grew up on a farm which offered her the opportunity to appreciate the natural world from a young age. She combines her love of nature with her passion for protecting public health. Lindsay lives in Chattanooga with her husband and young daughter. She loves connecting with parents who are passionate about their kid’s health and working towards increasing renewable energy throughout Tennessee.

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Here’s what we’re working on in Tennessee:

From Tennessee’s iconic Smoky mountains to the fertile farmland in the Nashville Basin to the bottomlands alongside the Mississippi river, our geography is vast and richly bio diverse. Climate change and air pollution are impacting each of these regions–and our kids’ health–in unique ways. Parents across the Volunteer state are uniting to address the challenges we face, and to take part in the solution.

Climate Change: We’ve already begun to see how extreme weather disasters impact our health, safety, and economy in Tennessee. In 2010, the “1000 year storm” descended upon middle and west Tennessee. In less than 48 hours, more than one-third of our state was flooded. This storm system killed 24 people, and cost billions in property damages. Since 2010, we’ve continued to see storm systems in Tennessee with increased frequency and magnitude.

Rising temperatures, droughts, and increasing heat waves will cause more heat-related illnesses and deaths. Children are especially vulnerable to these health impacts. It is essential that we support federal limits on carbon dioxide and methane–along with their dangerous co-pollutants–which are powerful greenhouse gasses that can form smog and trigger asthma attacks. Limiting the pollution that affects our weather and threatens our children’s health is more important than ever, which is why we are supporting America’s Clean Power Plan.

Tennessee is already 88% of the way to meeting America’s Clean Power Plan target for 2030, based on Tennessee Valley Authority’s existing plans and resources. In a recent Harvard study, Tennessee ranks 11th nationwide in public health gains from implementing America’s Clean Power Plan through potential avoided deaths, hospitalizations and non-fatal heart attacks. We are urging Governor Haslam to craft the strongest state implementation plan, while continue to urge TVA to increase their renewable portfolio.

Moms Clean Air Force TN is a member of Climate Chattanooga and Climate Nashville Coalitions. These coalitions are comprised of faith based, social justice, environmental, health, education and business organizations that are working together for climate protection, climate justice, and resiliency to help ensure a healthy life for children growing up today and for future generations.

Clean Energy: Tennessee is home to Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal utility that operates in 7 states, and runs 59 coal-fired boilers throughout Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. In a lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, TVA was cited for excessive violations of the Clean Air Act and required to install pollution control measures on 11 of its coal plants, which included 7 coal plants in Tennessee. The settlement also requires permanent closure of 18 coal-fired units. 

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee, along with many coalition partners, see this as incredible opportunity for Tennessee Valley Authority to invest in renewable energy and increase energy efficiency standards. Through making the switch to cleaner forms of energy, Tennesseans will be afforded countless benefits in the form of better public health. We continue to advocate for more renewable energy and energy efficiency for the sake of our children’s health.

Energy Efficiency: Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee is part of the Tennessee Energy Efficiency Coalition, which seeks to increase energy efficiency standards in our communities. By increasing energy efficiency standards in Tennessee Valley Authority’s Integrated Resources Plan and in our local utility companies, we limit waste and use less fossil fuel.

Natural Gas Pollution: Tennessee is home to the Chattanooga Shale system, which is slated for increased oil and gas operations. Oil and gas operations are currently in 8 of our counties, with many more acres of land actively being bought by energy developers. Tennessee state law doesn’t require monitoring of groundwater or public notification for well sites that use less than 200,000 gallons of water. The Chattanooga Shale system is shallow and it’s estimated that most jobs require less than the 200,000 gallon limit. We’re gathering support for federal regulation of methane–and dangerous co-pollutants–to protect our health and communities from natural gas pollution.

Smog: According the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report, 11 out of 16 Tennessee counties received either a D or F grade for ground-level ozone. Our major metro areas, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis continue to struggle with dangerous ozone levels during our hot Tennessee summers. Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee continues to amplify support for reducing smog pollution through national and local initiatives. 

Currently, only 16 out of our 95 counties monitor air quality. We are advocating that Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation increase monitoring in our counties, giving parents the right to know if the air their kids are breathing is safe.

Asthma: In 2015, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America rated Memphis the most challenging place to live with asthma. Knoxville and Chattanooga were not far behind, rated seventh and eighth, respectively. Multiple factors go into this rating but one significant factor is poor air quality. Outdoor air pollution can be a powerful trigger for asthma attacks. Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee works to provide education around asthma attacks to parents, schools, and community groups. 

Indoor Air Quality in Schools: Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee provides educational materials to schools and parents interested in learning more about indoor air quality. We work with Parents for Students Safety in supporting state specific legislation that provides for better protection of our kids indoor school air quality.

Empowering Moms: Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee wants to give Moms–and Dads–a platform that empowers them to take part in bettering their kids’ health and future. By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force that is rooted in the love we have for our children. Please join us in this fight for cleaner air.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

Tennessee’s electricity generation by source, 2014:

  • Coal (45%)

  • Nuclear (36%)

  • Hydro (11%)

  • Natural Gas (8%)

In 2015, Memphis ranked as the hardest city in the country to live with asthma on the annual Asthma Capital’s list, while Knoxville ranked as seventh and Chattanooga eighth. Tennessee is the only state in the country to have three cities in the top ten worst places to live with asthma.

The American Lung Association gave 9 Tennessee counties an F grade for ground level ozone pollution in its most recent State of the Air Report. Out of 95 counties in Tennessee, only 15 counties currently monitor ambient air quality.

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, 9.7 percent of Tennessee children have asthma

Memphis ranked as the 2nd worst city on the Asthma Capitals list for 2014, while Chattanooga ranked as the 6th worst city

In 2012, Tennessee emitted more than 40.5 million pounds of toxic air pollution, making its electricity sector the 11th in the country for contributing a disproportionate share of toxic emissions compared to other sources

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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 21: Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee is attending Earth Day Coolidge Park in Chattanooga.

Saturday, April 22: Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee is attending Chattanooga Earth Day Rally.

Saturday, April 29: Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee is tabling at MommyCon in Memphis.

Past Events

April 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended Earth Day Midtown in Chattanooga.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee tabled at the Earth, Wind, and Solar Festival in Chattanooga.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended a panel discussion at Vanderbilt University: Private Sector Demand for Renewable Power.

March 2017

Field consultant, Lindsay Pace presented at the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil Conference in Louisville, KY.

February 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a Town Talk in Chattanooga outside Senator Alexander’s and Senator Corker’s offices. Supermom and local musician, Sharla June, led the group in an opening song. Field consultant, Lindsay spoke about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the detrimental impact he will have on our air quality and kids’ health. Sandy Kurtz, with Sierra Club, spoke about energy issues in Tennessee.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a “Mama Summit” in Nashville, in partnership with the Tennessee Environmental Council. Tennesseans gathered to tell our state leaders that we are paying attention to their actions. It’s time we unite for strong policies that protect the health and welfare of our families!

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended a TVA Board Meeting in Gatlinburg.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a “We Love Clean Air: Valentine Making Party” at Chattanooga Public Library.

Moms Clean Air Force field consultant, Lindsay Pace and Supermoms frequently visited Senator Alexander’s offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville to ask him oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee participated in Women’s Marches in Chattanooga and Nashville, part of a network of marches held across the country.

Tennessee supermom, Missy Horesh, attended the D.C. EPW committee hearing for EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt. She also attended a legislative meeting with Senator Corker’s office concerning Scott Pruitt and she dropped information at Senator Alexander’s office.

Supermom, Missy Horesh represented Moms Clean Air Force at the Day of Denial in Nashville outside Senator Corker’s and Senator Alexander’s offices.

Field consultant, Lindsay Pace and Nashville mom, Zozan Noman, along with her family, attended meetings with Senator Alexander’s and Senator Corker’s offices in D.C. to discuss EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt.

Field consultant, Lindsay Pace attended a press conference outside Senator Alexander’s office calling for him to vote against EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt.

December 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a gathering in Chattanooga.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee tabled at Glass Street Block Party in Chattanooga.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at St Elmo Playground in Chattanooga featuring parachute play, music with Sharl-la-la- workshop on blues writing.

June 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee participated in Bike to Work Day in Chattanooga.

May 2016

Field organizer, Lindsay Pace testified at Bureau of Land Management’s public comment session on their Federal Lease Coal Program in Knoxville.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a Mother’s Day Reception at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended Green Schools Summit in Chattanooga.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee tabled at Nashville’s Earth Day Festival.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a Read-In with Chattanooga Homeschool Co-op.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee co-hosted a National Healthy Schools Day Celebration in Nashville with Parents for Students Safety to commemorate National Healthy Schools week while continuing to raise awareness and promote healthier indoor air quality.

March 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee hosted a number of Read-Ins:

  • Bethlehem Community Center with Gardening Group, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Brainerd United Methodist Church with Girls Inc. BookWorm Club in Chattanooga, TN
  • East Ridge Elementary with Girls Inc. BookWorm Club, Chattanooga, TN
  • Clifton Hills Elementary with Girls Inc. BookWorm Club, Chattanooga, TN
  • South Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Center with Girls Inc. BookWorm Club, Chattanooga, TN
  • Shepherd Youth and Family Development Center with Girls Inc. BookWorm Club, Chattanooga, TN

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee spoke at the United Methodist Church’s Women and Children Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended tabled at Conservation Education Day, State Capitol, Nashville, TN.

February 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee is hosted a virtual “Read-In” with Dhahran Campus in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee participated in Tennessee Environmental Council’s 50K Tree Day helping plant 50,000 trees across Tennessee.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee delivered comments on why renewable energy is so important to our kids’ health at the Tennessee Valley Authority Board Meeting in Chattanooga.

Hosted a Healthy Hearts Love Clean Air Valentine Making Party.

November 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee participated in the Nashville Climate March.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee met with Senator Alexander’s staffer, Jeff Lewis, in Chattanooga.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee testified at the EPA Clean Power Plan Federal Implementation Plan Hearing in Atlanta, GA.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended the Chattanooga Sustainability Forum.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee met with Senator Alexander and Senator Corker’s staff regarding support for America’s Clean Power Plan in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee met with Congressman Fleischmann’s staff in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

October 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended the MoveRight Celebration in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee attended the Appalachian Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference in Knoxville, TN.

May 2015

Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force Tennessee members gathered at the state capitol in Nashville to call on elected officials to take action on climate change. More than 30 members and partners traveled from all over the Volunteer state to Nashville, eager to share their stories about how air pollution and climate change are impacting their families. Participants met with 12 legislators, imparting the urgency of protecting our children, and held a press conference that garnered support from Councilman Lonnell Matthews, Jr., along with supermom Anne Brock and indoor air quality advocate Daniela Kunz.


Bill Haslam

Contact information:

  • 1st Floor, State Capitol

    Nashville,  TN   37243

  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (615) 741-2001
  • Twitter: @BillHaslam

US Senate

Lamar Alexander

Contact information:

  • Joel E. Soloman Federal Building
    900 Georgia Avenue, #260
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (423) 752-5337
  • Twitter: @SenAlexander

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Bob Corker

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US House of Representatives

Phil Roe (District 1)

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John J. Duncan Jr. (District 2)

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Chuck Fleischmann (District 3)

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Scott DesJarlais (District 4)

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Jim Cooper (District 5)

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Diane Black (District 6)

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Marsha Blackburn (District 7)

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David Kustoff (District 8)

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Steve Cohen (District 9)

  • The Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building
  • 167 North Main Street Suite 369
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (901) 544-4131
  • Twitter: @RepCohen

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in Tennessee: