The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.
Chattanooga was one of the first U.S. cities to effectively use a citizen visioning process to set specific long-range goals to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. They have an extensive green-way system with 5 miles of constructed river walk through downtown, a historic art district, and several parks. A free downtown shuttle fleet of zero-emission electric buses (manufactured in Chattanooga) is also available for commuters and visitors wishing to park-and-ride. "Sustainability" is a key concept for industry and government working together for enlightened development.
Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organizationís mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.