What is BREATHE ?

The U.S. EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Program aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.


Knoxville MSA

Advisory Committee

Reducing Emissions
for a Resilient Region

The CPRG Program is a two-stage grant program that provides funding for non-competitive planning grants and competitive implementation grants to U.S. states, local governments, tribes, and territories to be used to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.

The Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was selected by the EPA to receive a $1 million planning grant to create a regional emission reduction plan. The City of Knoxville is leading this effort in developing action plans for participating municipalities within the MSA. The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is partnering with them to facilitate outreach throughout the region.

Knoxville MSA
MSA Population

The Knoxville, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area is made up of Knox County and adjacent counties that are socially and economically integrated.

  • Principal City Knoxville
  • Central County Knox
  • Outlying Counties
    • Anderson
    • Blount
    • Campbell
    • Grainger
    • Loudon
    • Morgan
    • Roane
    • Union

Advisory Committee

The following organizations are represented on the advisory committee:

  • City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon
  • City of Oak Ridge City Manager Randy Hemann
  • City of Maryville Director of Engineering and Public Works, Brian Boone
  • City of Alcoa Mayor Tanya Martin
  • Knoxville-Knox County Planning / TPO
  • TVA
  • KUB
  • Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • TN Advanced Energy Business Council
  • LawlerWood
  • Maryville College
  • Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Sierra Club
  • City of Knoxville Mayor’s Youth Council