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TDEC Announces Open Registration for Fourth Annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum

Monday, August 06, 2018 | 01:59pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Tennessee Clean Fuels (TNCleanFuels), will hold the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum and Expo from Sept. 17-18 at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville.

“This event brings together expert voices in transportation and planning from the federal, state and local levels,” said TDEC Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian. “Attendees can expect to learn about new research, technologies and solutions to improve the mobility needs of all Tennesseans and protect our environment.”

The two-day forum, entitled “Where Innovation Meets Implementation,” will feature speakers from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Shared Use Mobility Center, Bcycle and more providing insights, case studies and lessons learned on topics related to sustainable transportation innovation and implementation.

On Sept. 17, representatives from the City of Columbus will highlight transportation-related initiatives and best practices from the Smart Columbus project, a smart city initiative for the Columbus region. On Sept. 18, Knoxville Mayor Madeleine Rogero will provide a morning welcome to be followed by a keynote speech by GRIDSMART, a Knoxville-based advanced traffic management systems company.

2018 forum panel topics include:

  • Disruptive Transportation Technologies – New mobility technologies to improve  the energy efficiency and sustainability of the transportation sector
  • Policy and the Built Environment - Improved mobility through new ideas in transportation planning and policy-making 
  • Implementation: Opportunities and Obstacles for Transportation Innovation – Applying  innovative technologies or policies to achieve measurable results
  • One Big Idea An overview of winning sustainable transportation projects and the ideas that drove them to success

To view a preliminary agenda and confirmed speakers to date, visit https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/energy/documents/2018 STFE Preliminary Agenda.pdf.

As part of the event, TDEC and TDOT will announce and honor the winners of the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. These awards recognize outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of transportation systems in the state, consistent with ongoing efforts to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans, provide for a strong economy and protect our state’s natural resources. 

The forum will also feature an alternative fuel vehicle expo, an evening networking reception at the Knoxville Sunsphere on Sept. 17 and a recognition ceremony for a new class of certified Tennessee Green Fleets. Through the TNCleanFuels Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program, any Tennessee-based fleet can receive certification for its efforts toward reducing petroleum consumption, improving air quality and increasing the use of alternative fuels or advanced vehicle technologies. Learn more at https://www.TNCleanFuels.org

Event staff is also working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to organize a tour of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) on Sept. 18. The NTRC supports the U.S. Department of Energy with research focused on vehicle electrification, engines and emissions controls, new materials for future systems, data science, and automated vehicle technologies. Forum registrants will receive instructions via email on how to reserve a space on the tour. Learn more about the NTRC at https://www.ornl.gov/ntrc.

To register for the event, visit tsta.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/tsta. If you would like to become a sponsor or display a vehicle at the alternative fuel vehicle showcase, please contact TN Clean Fuels Executive Director Jonathan Overly at jonathan@etcleanfuels.org or 865-974-3625.

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