Susanna Sutherland | Principal

Susanna started mission-driven Sutherland & Associates in 2013 to assist communities as they deal with climate change. She also pursued and finished her doctorate in Energy Science and Engineering while being a founding partner of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network

In 2009, Susanna started the City of Knoxville’s first Sustainability Office with federal funds. Her work there brought in $2,480,780 in unmatched grant funds, $650,800 in new infrastructure, and are averaging annual utility bill savings of $1,392,176. In addition to building a new city office with baseline data, a strategic plan, and measurable outcomes, she contributed to field-building publications with organizations like the National Research Council.

Susanna initially entered local government to oversee final design of a waterfront redevelopment plan. She purchased property, managed construction projects, and captured $1,497,701 in funding from state and federal sources for Brownfield reclamation projects.

The first years of her career focused on watershed health. She obtained $1,500,000 in restoration grants for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Environmental Policy and Planning division. She later joined TVA’s River Operations and Environment division, scheduling river flows for the 7-state system.

Each step in the journey has shaped, moulded, and taught. Experience is actively listened to, and freely shared.

Education | The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Articles | Primary Author

Books | Contributing Author

In Harm's Way
Big Data for Regional Science (Hardback) book cover
Acting as if Tomorrow Matters