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2018 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award Winners Announced

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 01:03pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian today announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards. Winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Franklin on July 9, 2018.

“These recipients have gone above and beyond what’s required of them, and I commend their passion and drive to make Tennessee a more sustainable and innovative state,” said Haslam.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation. In its 32nd year, this year’s awards program covers nine categories: Building Green; Clean Air; Energy and Renewable Resources; Environmental Education and Outreach; Environmental Education and Outreach (schools); Land Use; Materials Management; Natural Heritage; and Sustainable Performance. 

“A lot of TDEC’s work focuses on education and partnerships that promote these types of voluntary actions wherever possible,” said Meghreblian. “These organizations demonstrate that environmental stewardship can be conducive to economic gains and healthier communities.”

The 2018 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipients are listed below. Six additional winners announced at the Awards ceremony on July 9 can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/environment/news/2018/7/9/tdec-presents-awards-to-environmental-leaders.html

Entity

County

Category

Bells Bend Conservation Corridor

Davidson

Land Use

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Davidson

Materials Management

Hytch

Davidson

Clean Air

Whites Creek High School

Davidson

Environmental Education and Outreach (schools)

Knoxville Partnerships for Low-Income Weatherization

Knox

Environmental Education and Outreach

General Motors of Spring Hill

Maury

Sustainable Performance

Montgomery County Energy Upgrades

Montgomery

Energy and Renewable Resources

Window Cliffs State Natural Area

Putnam

Natural Heritage

Crosstown Concourse

Shelby

Building Green

Six additional entities will be announced at the awards ceremony: four will receive Pursuit of Excellence Awards, which honor past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship practices; two will be honored with the Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award – one for a professional and one for a volunteer.

A panel of 18 professionals representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental and academic professionals judged more than 75 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education.

For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/redirect---policy-and-sustainable-practices/opsp-sustainable-practices/governor-s-environmental-stewardship-awards.html.