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Tennessee DEC announces Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the launch of the TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards initiative to recognize outstanding and voluntary achievements by governments, businesses, industries, public and private institutions of higher learning, and utilities that demonstrate leadership in advancing sustainable transportation in the State.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, transportation accounts for nearly 30 percent of Tennessee’s end-use energy consumption. By recognizing thought leaders in this field, we hope to inspire replication of innovative projects, activities, and initiatives across the state in an effort to save natural resources, improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans, and create efficiencies in the delivery of goods and services.

—Bob Martineau

The TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards cover eight broad categories:

  • on-site transportation;
  • off-site transportation;
  • incorporation of sustainable transportation in the supply chain;
  • employee incentive or engagement programs;
  • public transportation;
  • technological innovations;
  • operational innovations; and
  • infrastructure development.

Entities eligible to apply for the TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards include: federal, state and local governments; commercial and industrial organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and utilities. Self-nominations are encouraged. A panel of judges representing diverse interests will select award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation, transferability, and public education and outreach.

In connection with Clean Air Month, TDEC will host a recognition ceremony and sustainable transportation forum on 7 May 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Applications are available at


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