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21 March 2024 · 5 min. read

Free Tree ReLeaf will give away 1,000 trees starting Saturday

EPB customers are eligible for two native plants per home

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – March 21, 2024 – Beginning Saturday, March 23, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, the City of Chattanooga and EPB will kick off Spring Free Tree ReLeaf. The program helps preserve Chattanooga’s unique ecology, reduce stormwater damage and provide EPB Energy ProsSM expertise on where to plant trees to prevent power outages. All EPB customers can select two free trees or shrubs at Reflection Riding’s Native Plant Nursery until inventory runs out.

  • Where: Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Native Plant Nursery, 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419 (off Cummings Highway on the west side at the base of Lookout Mountain)
  • When: Beginning Saturday, March 23, until supplies run out. Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • What to bring: Be prepared with your address so staff and volunteers can verify you live in EPB’s service area.
  • How to prepare: Visit to learn about what trees are available. Trees cannot be reserved prior to arrival.

“Free Tree ReLeaf underscores our shared goal with Reflection Riding and EPB to create a more sustainable, healthier and more vibrant community,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “The secret of Chattanooga’s success is our people; regular Chattanoogans who want to do their part to make this a better place. This program empowers those residents to preserve and enhance our natural surroundings while strengthening our electric and stormwater infrastructure.”

Customers can select from 12 native plant species. Planting guides on site and give customers information about the ideal setting for each tree or shrub, how to plant them to prevent power outages and directions for care.

  • Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)
  • White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
  • Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus)
  • Serviceberry Shadblow (Amelanchier canadensis)
  • Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)
  • Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
  • Witchazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
  • Paw Paw (Asimina triloba)

“Introducing native plants at home is a cost-effective and sustainable solution to support our environment,” said Mark McKnight, President and CEO of Reflection Riding, a leading institution dedicated to environmental education and conservation. “Our Native Plant Nursery’s expertise will give customers confidence about plants that best suit their property so they can enjoy them for years to come.”

Planting native species reduces stormwater runoff and helps our local ecosystem thrive. Incorporating more trees into the landscape can reduce the risk of flooding, protect water quality, improve air quality and more because trees intercept rainfall, absorb water through their roots and release moisture into the air. Native plants best suited to our region also support the local ecosystem by nourishing wildlife, birds and insects like butterflies. They also require less maintenance and water than plants not from this area.

“Programs like Free Tree ReLeaf support our mission to enhance quality of life in our community and allow us to provide expert guidance on where to plant them to help reduce power outages,” said David Wade, CEO, EPB, which serves a 600-square-mile area including Chattanooga.

As our community’s energy experts, EPB Energy Pros provide free home energy advice and resources to customers to help improve efficiency:

  • EPB and TVA EnergyRight® Home Energy Rebates: Save thousands of dollars on home energy improvements, like new HVAC units, windows, water heaters, insulation, ductwork and more.
  • EPB Home Energy CheckupsSM: In-person visits provide personalized recommendations about cost-effective ways to make homes more energy efficient and take full advantage of the EPB and TVA EnergyRight® Home Energy Rebates.
  • Quality Contractor Network: EPB maintains a list of contractors who meet TVA standards and are trusted by EPB. Customers must use contractors on this list to qualify for EPB and TVA rebates.
  • Quality Assurance Checkups: Whether customers are utilizing EnergyRight Rebates, adding solar or making other home energy upgrades, EPB Energy Pros will review the completed work independent contractors do for customers to ensure it meets their expectations.
  • 30-Minute Calls with a Pro: EPB Energy Pros will address your questions and concerns about home efficiency over the phone.
  • Solar and EV charger installations: EPB does not sell solar panels or electric vehicles, but Energy Pros will review quotes customers receive from contracts to help them understand the terms of the agreement before they sign, suggest best practices, work with customers during the installation of solar panels or EV chargers and provide a free, third-party verification of completed work.
  • Home appliance advice: Identify energy-efficient appliances for a range of budgets.
  • Visit to view videos and tips, schedule a free Home Energy Checkup or have a 30-Minute Call with a Pro.

The free tree program was created as a partnership between the City of Chattanooga and Reflection Riding intended to improve stormwater drainage and water quality following the Easter tornadoes in 2020. EPB began participating in fall 2022, which expanded eligibility to all EPB customers.


About EPB

EPB is a customer-focused technology company that delivers innovative power and telecommunications solutions to the Chattanooga area in pursuit of its mission to enhance the quality of life for the community it serves. In 2010, EPB completed a 100% fiber optic network accessible to all its customers as the basis for launching America’s first community-wide Gig speed internet. The company still operates the world’s fastest community-wide internet service today at speeds up to 25 Gig. EPB also utilizes Chattanooga’s fiber optic network as the communications backbone for the most advanced and highly automated power distribution system in the United States. In 2022, EPB continued its commitment to keeping Chattanooga on the cutting edge by establishing our nation’s first commercially available quantum network—EPB Quantum Network℠ powered by Qubitekk. This effort aligns local job creation efforts with the national priority to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technology.

Since switching the lights on for its first electric customer in 1939, EPB has grown to serve nearly a half a million people across a 600-square-mile service area with cutting-edge infrastructure that integrates power distribution and telecommunications. At the same time, EPB keeps customer benefit at the center of all its efforts, earning recognition from J.D. Power as the #1 Mid-Sized Utility in the South for the last eight consecutive years based on customer satisfaction ratings. Learn more at

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