The utility payment dropbox on Second Avenue is inoperable until further notice. Please make payments inside City Hall between 8am and 5pm.  There is free 15 minute parking outside the office between the 2nd Ave. parking garage and city hall.  You can also make payments online at  or set up a bank draft by calling 615-794-4572.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sustainability Initiatives

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Implementing the Action Items


Pinkerton TrailLighting

Solar 1

Community Sustainability Initiatives:

  • Live Green Partnership for Businesses and Organizations is a volunteer initiative that promotes and acknowledges businesses that incorporate best practices; 
  • Franklin has a thriving farmer's market that meets year round;
  • Several buildings in Franklin have achieved LEED Certification; 
  • A direct bus service to downtown Nashville was established using ARRA funds;
  • The initiation of a residential blue bag curbside recycling program began in 2010;
  • Planning and installation of a comprehensive electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Construction and renovation projects to create high performance buildings;
  • Community Events and Festivals like Arbor/Earth Day on the 3rd Saturday in April;
  • Efforts are underway at Eastern Flank Battlefield to provide better access and interpretation of the Battle; 
  • Efforts at Harlinsdale Park:
    • A tree farm has been planted on the property; the 300 trees are managed sustainably and will be planted on other City owned properties as needed;
    • The K-9 Korral Dog Park;
    • A pervious trail network along the Harpeth River and Spencer Creek for walkers, runners, and horseback riders has been planned, but remains unfunded.
    • A community and educational garden has been established

    City Government Initiatives

  • All traffic signals use LED lighting resulting in reduced operation and maintenance costs;
  • The City used an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to install efficient sports lighting and LED streetlights at Jim Warren Park;
    • The Parks Department controls field lighting remotely to reduce utility costs;
  • The City  conducted a local government operations energy inventory measuring electricity, natural gas, and vehicle fuel usage;
  • The GIS Department created a solar overlay that displays optimal locations for solar arrays;
  • Public/Private partnership to install solar pv on municipal facilities (no outlay of city funds);
  • The City planted 800 trees in City parks in the spring of 2012;
  • The City has 2 Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors in Downtown Franklin;
  • Installation of efficient indoor lighting; 
  • Approval of a Greenways and Open Space Master Plan;
  • The new Police Headquarters achieved LEED Gold Certification;
  • The Board approved a policy to consider LEED Certification for future municipal construction projects;
  • In an effort to save money and increase efficiency, the City offers Electronic Plan Submittal;
  • The City diverts approximately 20% of Residential Waste through a community wide yard waste composting program; After months of breaking down, the rich compost is used for gardening and landscaping;
  • Recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans at City administration buildings;
  • The City includes sustainability factors in purchasing decisions; 
  • Members of the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3)

Please email the City of Franklin with any sustainability ideas you have for the community.