A Safe Clean and Livable City

Sub-Theme: Franklin will be a model for environmental quality and a sustainable city.

Having a safe, clean, and livable city is a primary requisite for our citizens and they are supportive of the means necessary to assure the idyllic yet progressive character of Franklin. Residents want to live healthier, sustainable lives and will support services that deliver high standards. Franklin takes pride in the professionalism and quality of our police, fire, and emergency response teams. We understand the importance of code enforcement as a means of precluding declining and unsafe neighborhoods and business districts. The City recognizes its role as a steward of the environment as we deliver essential services while preserving the natural beauty of the community.

There are four goals contained within this sub-theme:

Goal: Franklin will achieve platinum status within the TVA Sustainable Communities Program.
The Economic Development Office of the Tennessee Valley Authority sponsors the Valley Sustainable Communities Program as a community preparedness offering. The program assists communities in identifying and cataloging their sustainable assets and increasing their sustainability commitments. As the TVA says on their website: "Sustainable economic development balances the need for economic growth with environmental and societal accountability. It ultimately offers benefits across a triple bottom line to ensure a healthy environment, a thriving community, and economic prosperity."
Franklin works annually to achieve the highest level certification. As of 2020, Franklin holds status as a Gold Community within the TVA Sustainable Communities Program.
Valley Sustainable Community

Source: Tennessee Valley Authority, Economic Development. Baseline: Achieved Platinum Goal Status, 2013, returned to Gold Status, 2014, regained Platinum Goal Status, 2016, returned to Gold status, 2020.

Goal: To reduce the number of gallons of fossil fuel consumed by city vehicles by 10% by 2015.

Part of creating an environmental and sustainable model city is creating a city which reduces its overall energy use and cost. The City of Franklin has diligently worked to reduce energy usage in vehicles over the last decade. The City has reduced overall fossil fuel usage in City vehicles since 2008 by over 30%, from 8.02 gallons per vehicle per person to 5.58 gallons/vehicle/person in FY 2013. Since FY 2013, the City has had a goal to reduce overall fossil fuels by another 10%. Unfortunately, this goal has not been achieved. As of FY 2015, fossil fuel consumption has only decreased 2% from FY 2013. However, the City has continued a steady decrease in overall consumption since FY 2008.

Data for this goal has been unavailable since FY 2016. 

Baseline: 5.89 gallons of fuel were consumed by city vehicles per Franklin residents (Based on fuel transactions at Tri‐Star Energy/Pacific Pride locations. 370,002 gallons for 62,871 residents in 2013. Purchasing Department).

Goal: Franklin will reduce government agency use of electricity by 20% by 2020.

Reducing the use of consumable utilities is not only a good thing to do for the environment - it makes economic sense. The more efficient our vehicles and our buildings can be, the more money citizens can save. The City of Franklin has developed utility which itemizes every meter and every bill for electric use City-wide. The data is available for the last three fiscal years.

The results of our modeling show that the overall consumption of electricity has held steady from FY 2014-2018, but unfortunately the total amount consumed is far greater than our initial targets. The City did not meet the 20% reduction target from FY 2012 usage by FY 2020, as consumption in FY 2020 is nearly double the target of 14.9 million kWh.

The City has also developed a utility model for its natural gas usage. This information is below:

Baseline: Current annual kilowatt consumption by Franklin municipal facilities and operations for 2012 was 17.9 million kWh for cost of $2.78 million (Finance Department).

Goal: Increase the number of LEED certified buildings to attract energy friendly businesses and increase tax revenues.
As shown to the right, the City has 40 LEED certified projects at the end of 2018,  and more projects are currently under the certification process by the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Buildings which receive the certification achieve a level of environmental and economic sustainability, which leads to a healthier, more efficient community with which to live and work in. City LEED certified buildings include the new Fire Station #8 and the Franklin Police Station which became LEED Gold Certified in 2012.

Baseline: Franklin has nine (9) LEED certified buildings currently as of 2013 (www.usgbc.org/LEED).