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Sustainable Practices

We work with a variety of stakeholders including state agencies, local governments, businesses and communities, to support sustainable community and economic development goals. Additionally, we have teamed up with divisions in each of our department’s bureaus- Administration, Environment, and Parks and Conservation, to get additional stakeholder support and expertise. With our large group of public and private partners we can work together to secure a sustainable future for Tennesseans.

Our programs are designed to reduce pollution and save money through resource conservation, renewable energy incentives, recycling and repurposing programs, sustainable building design, environmental leadership initiatives, and sustainable purchasing. These programs help to ensure that present and future generations will have the natural resources, economic integrity, and public health benefits necessary to fulfill Tennessee’s social, environmental and economic requirements.

The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program provides grant funding to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and entities created out of statute in the state of Tennessee. Funds can be used to purchase, install, and construct energy projects that result in significant energy reductions and subsequent reduction of emissions and pollutants.

Tennessee Green Star Partnership

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership (TGSP) is TDEC’s environmental leadership program that seeks to recognize Tennessee Industries that are committed to sustainable practices and continuous improvement throughout their entire operation. 

Tennessee Radon Program

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) operates a statewide indoor Radon Program as part of the Office of Sustainable Practices. This program offers a myriad of radon services and assistance, including radon test kits for homeowners, technical radon information for universities, and specific radon materials for targeted audiences, such as real estate professionals, home builders, building codes officials, home inspectors, and school officials.