Scott Potter has been an advocate for green since becoming the director of Metro Water Services in 2002. Metro Water Services (MWS) is a public water, sewer and stormwater utility that primarily serves the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Scott has helped shaped the area’s green roof policy through the creation of plans, design manuals and generous incentives.
In 2009, under the direction of Mr. Potter, MWS developed the Green Infrastructure Master Plan. This Plan assessed the potential impacts of green infrastructure in Nashville's combined sewer system. The Plan’s green roof analysis determined that if green roofs were installed on all flat roofs within the combined sewer area, 112 million gallons of runoff could be prevented from entering the system. Pilot projects demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure were also identified. One such project would install a green roof on an area high school, which could be integrated into the science curriculum and help educate generations to come. The Green Infrastructure Master Plan has served as an example to other departments, the development community and the public, demonstrating the importance of green solutions.
Mr. Potter advocated for the creation of a green roof rebate for the combined sewer area, which was approved by the Metro Council in September 2012. Nashville’s rebate is one of the more generous in the nation and will pay $10 per square foot of green roof installed. Mr. Potter also drove the creation of Nashville’s new Low Impact Development (LID) Manual as part of the City’s goal to encourage green development and become the greenest city in the southeast.