May 2009

Across TVA

New Norris House: A sustainable home for the 21st century

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A group from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville recently won a $75,000 grant in the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainable Design Expo, held April 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The group is made up of students and faculty from architecture and planning. The house is a contemporary interpretation of the historic home design that was part of TVA’s community in the early 1930s in Norris, Tenn.

The New Norris House incorporates a design for the next 75 years, using “green” building materials and other sustainable design elements. The house features a solar-powered hot-water heater, a high-efficiency heat pump, a system for collecting and storing rainwater, and an onsite system for treating gray water.

TVA gave the Norris house team an additional grant to help finance the project, as well as provided transportation of the model house to and from the design expo in Washington.

 

Steering the vehicle of the future

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In above picture, Joe Hoagland, vice president of Environmental Science, Technology & Policy, and in the picture below, Ken Breeden, executive vice president of Customer Resources, left, prepare to test drive Nissan’s preproduction test vehicle in celebration of Earth Day April 22 in Nashville. With Breeden is Nissan engineer Lance Adkins, who says the steering wheel, designed for the Japanese market on the test vehicle, will be changed to the United States standard in time for the electric vehicle launch in late 2010. TVA is working with the state of Tennessee, distributors and other regional partners to enable electric transportation in the Tennessee Valley.

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Gallatin Fossil Plant Manager Kenny Mullinax, left, and David Sims, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region 2 Aquatic Habitat Protection biologist, hold a lake sturgeon at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center in Nashville April 17. Mullinax participated with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and others in the release of 75 lake sturgeon into the Cumberland River as part of an effort to restore the species in the Tennessee Valley.