View Winners of 2020 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards
Awarded by TDEC and TDOT
The Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo (STF&E) is an annual conference organized by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Tennessee Clean Fuels where attendees share and discover projects that can reshape what is possible in transportation and mobility. The research, technology, planning, and policy developments shared at STF&E aim to improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all. Panelists and speakers from across the country highlight best practices to transform transportation systems efficiently, affordably, and sustainably. Sign up for the STF&E email list to receive updates on STF&E.
In addition to the forum, previous in-person STF&E events have provided the following offerings:
• A luncheon that honors both winners of the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards (TSTAs) and new inductees to the Tennessee Green Fleets (TGF) program
• An alternative fuel vehicle and equipment showcase and an alternative fuel vehicle ride and drive
• A poster session highlighting projects or research focused on the implementation of sustainable transportation and enhanced mobility solutions
• A networking reception coordinated and hosted by the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
Explore the links below to learn more about these offerings or to find information on past STF&E events.
The 2021 STF&E was held in January 2022 through a series of moderated panels and the release of pre-recorded content shared with participants throughout the week of January 17. See below for webinar recordings and speaker information.
Pedestrian travel is often complicated by limited walkable and bikeable infrastructure in many neighborhoods, which instead prioritize design that favors automobile traffic. What are the key aspects to road and city design that help address these challenges and enhance pedestrian safety? And what are the overall benefits of granting greater access to pedestrian travel? The STF&E panelists discussed these considerations and how to make walking a safer option for all.
• Moderator: Erin Hafkenschiel, Executive Director for Mobility, Vanderbilt University
• Lindsey Ganson, Advocacy and Communications Director, Walk Bike Nashville
• Ashley Davies, Healthy Development Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Health
• Cedric Duncan, Founder, Bike for Equality Nashville
• Nick Oyler, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Memphis
This final STF&E webinar featured a digital “fireside chat” between TDEC Commissioner David Salyers and TDOT Deputy Commissioner Preston Elliot, moderated by Deputy Commissioner Greg Young of TDEC. Speakers highlighted upcoming opportunities from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that can support transportation projects across the state’s diverse geographies and communities, as well as several State-organized resources, programs, and tools that support transportation efficiency, safety, and accessibility for all Tennesseans.
• Moderator: Greg Young, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
• Preston Elliot, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Transportation
• David Salyers, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
The TSTAs 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 and enhance our state’s natural resources.
2022 TSTA nominations are currently open through August 19th.
The TGF program offers an opportunity for Tennessee fleets to receive certification for their transportation efficiency efforts. Organized by Tennessee Clean Fuels, TGF certification is based on an applicant’s vehicle data and fleet fuel use. The TGF program recognizes fleets based on actions taken to reduce petroleum consumption, lessen greenhouse gas emissions, and implement alternative fuel vehicles.
Applications for TGF certification are currently closed.
Each year, Tennessee Clean Fuels assembles an alternative fuel vehicle and equipment showcase for all STF&E attendees. Past participants have exhibited electric, hybrid, propane, compressed or liquefied natural gas (CNG or LNG), biofuel (biodiesel or ethanol), and hydrogen vehicles and equipment from across the state. The showcase highlights local fleets that have adopted alternative fuels, demonstrating the breadth of fleet innovation occurring in Tennessee. Find information on previous showcases here.
Since the forum’s inception in 2015, STF&E events have been held in Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Knoxville. While the specific themes for each forum have changed from year to year, STF&E has always celebrated new achievements and opportunities in sustainable transportation, particularly in how such projects and ideas can be implemented in Tennessee to serve the public good. Explore previous STF&E agendas, venues, speakers, and presentation materials here.
All photos courtesy of State of Tennessee staff.