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2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo

September 17, 2018 - September 18, 2018


September 17, 2018 - September 18, 2018


UT Conference Center 600 Henley Street - 4th Floor Knoxville, Tennessee 37902


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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Clean Fuels, will hold the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo from September 17-18, 2018 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville.

The two-day forum, titled "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 Madeline 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, click here.

As part of the event, TDEC and TDOT will announce and honor the winners of the 2018 TN 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 TN Green Fleets. Through the TNCleanFuels TN Green Fleets Certification Program, any TN-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  

Event staff are also working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to organize a tour of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) on the afternoon of September 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 this tour. Learn more about the NTRC here:

Event organizers are currently accepting proposals for a poster session on sustainable transportation research and projects to occur on Sept. 17. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Register for the event at Registration includes access to all forum sessions and lunches, an alternative fuel vehicle showcase, and an offsite networking reception at the Sunsphere. An advanced conference registration rate of $35 will be available until September 10. Students may register for the event at a discounted rate of $5 and must present their student IDs at the time of event sign-in.

For attendees that require overnight accommodations, hotel blocks are available at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park (code: STC) and the Hilton Knoxville (code: STF18). These discounted rates will expire when the group blocks sell out, so be sure to book accommodations early.

If you have questions about the forum or awards, contact Alexa Voytek at or 615-532-0238. If you would like to become a sponsor or display a vehicle at the alternative fuel vehicle showcase, contact Jonathan Overly at or 865-974-3625.