Category Archives: Green business

Green investments can pay off big

If anyone questions the value of a company making green investments, ask them if $7 billion is an adequate ROI.

That’s the net profit Dow Chemical, which has a plant in Knoxville, reports it has earned from investing $2 billion in energy efficiency projects. Since 1994, the company has found ways to save 1.8 quadrillion British Thermal Units of energy.

That’s a lot of green — saved and earned.

Here’s the full story as reported by Fortune:

Dow’s amazing $7 billion profit on green

Renewable energy forum report

Warren Nevad at the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service has passed along an an interesting report on the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council’s recent forum held at Roane State Community College in Kingston.

“More than 80 attendees from 29 cities, 16 counties and 7 states met to discuss current programs and future statewide developments in renewable energy. Participants took advantage of educational and networking opportunities that focused on growing the renewable energy industry in Tennessee. …”

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Free workshops: Women in green; myths of green construction

Workshops on women in the green work force and unraveling the myths of green construction will be held Thursday at the Walters State Center for Workforce Education in Morristown.

Both workshops are free and will be held in room 110 of the Clifford H. “Bo” Henry Center for Business and Technology. Reservations are requested.

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Renewable energy workshop at Walters State

Wind and solar energy related careers and work force training will be the focus of a workshop next week at the Center for Workforce Education at Walters State Community College in Morristown.

Renewable Energy and Workforce Development will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The workshop is free but registration is required. Topics to be discussed include, careers around renewable energy, workforce training and educational programs.

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Making your home and car green

A pair of workshops next week at the Center for Workforce Education at Walters State Community College in Morristown will teach you how to build a green home and transform your car into a green machine.

Both are Tuesday, Aug. 10. The workshops are free, but registration is requred.

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Green expo at Walters State

If you’re looking for a break from tax day, check out the Going Green Expo at Walters State on April 15.

The offers green businesses a chance to showcase their products and services.

Vendor space is still available. Registrations are required, but space is free. For more information, contact O’Vercum, director at 423-318-2341 or

The expo will be held from11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on April 15 in the “Z” Buda Assembly Hall and Gymnasium on the Morristown campus.