published Friday, June 10th, 2011

Chattanooga Market trumpets sustainability

Every week, local vendors and craftspeople come to the Chattanooga Market to sell their crops and goods to those Chattanooga-area residents who wish to support local commerce and agriculture. This week, the Market takes going green one step further, with the Chattanooga Green Festival.

“One of our working goals is outreach and communication,” said Ongeleigh Gipson, who works in research and development in the Chattanooga Office of Sustainability. One of the goals, she said, is to bring awareness.

According to its website, the Office of Sustainability was created to lead the Chattanooga Green effort.

Some of their goals, as stated on the webpage, include “study of water-quality resources and management of stormwater, [promotion of] outstanding sustainability efforts by Chattanooga-area businesses and development of demonstration projects for energy efficiency and study of alternative energy sources.”

A number of the vendors at the market, Gipson said, will be those who work with sustainability models in home and office building. Attendees at the market will have an opportunity to learn about how they can make their homes more environmentally sound.

“They can ask questions and get real about it,” she said.

Other activities at the Market will include learning how to use a rain barrel or make a compost heap, and there will be a green scavenger hunt for children.

Gipson described a “three-legged approach to sustainability, which is economy, environment and community.”

That can include, she said, such practices as healthy living and energy efficiency.


  • What: Green Festival at the Chattanooga Market.

  • When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Where: First Tennessee Pavillion, 1826 Carter St.

  • Admission: Free.

  • Phone: 648-2496.

  • Website:


  • 12:30 p.m. Bill Small (left)

  • 2 p.m. Jimmy Davis (above)

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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