TDEC Announces Second Annual Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) invites Tennesseans to submit nominations for the second annual 2016 Sustainable Transportation Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is March 31.

The Awards recognize outstanding initiatives within the state of Tennessee to reduce transportation-related energy and emissions, in line with an overarching effort to save natural resources, improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans, and create efficiencies in the delivery of goods and services.

“By recognizing thought leaders in this field, we hope to inspire replication of innovative projects, activities, and initiatives across the state,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “We also hope to bring these thought leaders together to discuss new ways to address transportation-related issues that affect our environment.”

Additional consideration for the awards may be given to projects that benefit an underserved population, decrease blight, make use of renewable fuels, provide infrastructure for two or more types of transportation not including personal vehicles, or directly result in a similar project being completed by a different entity.

Eligible entities include federal, state and local governments; commercial, nonprofit, and industrial organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and utilities. The entity must be located in Tennessee, and the project must have been completed in the last five years. All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive, current years of exceptional environmental compliance with the Department of Environment and Conservation. Self-nominations are encouraged.

A panel of judges representing diverse interests will select award recipients based on criteria including project planning optimization, community health and well-being, participation incentives and outreach, and emissions reductions.

In connection with Clean Air Month, TDEC, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will host a recognition ceremony and sustainable transportation forum May 12-13, 2016, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Applications and more information about the TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum are now available at http://tn.gov/environment/article/energy-sustainable-transportation-awards-forum. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Alexa Voytek in TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs at (615) 532-0238 or Alexa.Voytek@tn.gov.

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