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2021 Solicitation for Mentoring Program

The Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices seeks to enhance the sustainability of Tennessee businesses by soliciting candidate businesses for mentoring opportunities. With the launch of the 2021 Business Sustainability Mentoring Program call for applications, TDEC is intending to provide a platform and structure to allow mutual engagement in beneficial cooperation and education by established sustainability leaders in Tennessee’s industrial community.

Interested businesses that meet the following criteria can look forward to focused mentoring in many areas:

  • 150 or fewer full-time employees, excluding seasonal, temporary or contractors onsite.
  • Not a major source of air emissions. Specifically no more than 50 tons per year of any regulated pollutant and less than 75 tons/year of all regulated pollutants.
  • Business’ facility is located in Tennessee.
  • Each business location will engage in the mentoring program as an individual entity.

Projects or assistance needs that an interested business may explore through this partnership may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of sustainability and pollution prevention:

  • Materials Management: A reduction in overall business’ waste within an agreed time period. Examples are – less packaging, less discarded material, reduction in disposal containers (dumpsters) etc.
  • Resource Efficiency: The reuse of material either “under-roof” or resourced off-site. The reduction or elimination of a VOC or hazardous air pollutant. Implementation of a control technology (water or air curtain, incineration unit, etc.)
  • Energy Management: Implementation of a management strategy and/or technology that measurably reduces energy costs. Example- LEDs, air leak reductions, water saving technology etc.
  • Employee Education and Engagement: Any level of education or outreach that leads to measurable change in employee behavior or increase of knowledge. Example- Employee contests for innovation, recycling, water reduction, etc.
  • Customer Education and Engagement: Outreach including company branding or labeling or social media (company website) advertising involvement in this program, sustainable use of the company’s product, etc.
  • Community Education and Outreach: Any level of organized employee outreach, involvement in sustainable activities in the community such as stream clean-ups, Earth Day celebrations, school programs involving environmental, energy education etc.
  • Compliance with all TDEC and local environmental regulations (if applicable).

If you are interested in applying for the first cohort of this program, please visit the application webpage HERE. If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Vaughn Cassidy at 731-512-1343.

This Page Last Updated: July 29, 2021 at 11:05 AM