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20 October 2021 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDTIES Nashville Section
As Nashville grows, the city’s impact on the environment and residents’ quality of life must be considered. Thoughtful planning and design can mitigate negative consequences like traffic congestion, storm water flooding, and light pollution. The Metro Council recently passed Dark Sky legislation to address one of these issues. Council Member Allen will discuss the background behind the Dark Sky legislation and explain the new requirements and how to comply.
Burkley Allen is a Metro Council Member At-Large. A Nashville resident since 1982, Burkley served on the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood board for 25 years before running for Metro Council in 2011. Burkley has served on the Council’s Public Works, Budget, Planning, Health, Parks, and Convention Committees and Metro Homelessness Commission, the Metro Planning Commission, and Chamber of Commerce’s Education Report Committee, the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force, and is the past chair of the Council’s recently formed Affordable Housing Committee. As a LEED Accredited Professional and a tree hugger at heart, Burkley has been interested in environmental issues for decades. She has sponsored and supported bills in Council to increase energy standards for Metro buildings and the Metro fleet, and she was the lead sponsor on legislation to create Dark Sky standards for lighting design in Davidson County. Burkley earned a BS in Physics from Davidson College and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She is a mechanical engineer at I.C. Thomasson Associates.