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Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Clean Fuels, held the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo from September 17-18, 2018 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville. The forum, titled "Where Innovation Meets Implementation," highlighted new research and technologies that improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all Tennesseans. The forum also honored winners of the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards, more information here. Click here to view a preliminary agenda for the forum.

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Nominations Closed for the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards

The Tennessee Sustainable Transportation 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. 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. 

The review team considers the following criteria when evaluating project nominations:  

  • Innovation: How the project utilized new thinking or creative approaches to meet a particular transportation challenge.
  • Best Practices and Replicability: How the project demonstrates a transferable solution, such that others could adopt or implement similar programs or initiatives.
  • Changes in Transportation Behavior: How a project worked to encourage or achieve changes in transportation behavior in order to make a transportation system more efficient. 
  • Improvements to Public Health and Safety: How a project creates improvements to public health, well-being, or safety in a given community.

The nominations portal for the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards closed on May 31. Awardees were announced at the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo in September 2018. More information on the awardees can be found here.