Berke Named Green Business Lawmaker

Press release from the Senate Democratic Caucus:

Senator recognized for clean-energy efforts

NASHVILLE – State Senator Andy Berke has been named the 2011 Green Business Leadership Public Official of the Year by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice.

“It is an honor to be recognized by such an esteemed program, especially given the tremendous progress we have made statewide,” Berke said. “There are countless Tennesseans who should also be thanked for making our state a national and global leader in clean energy.”

Berke was selected among public officials from throughout the Southeast for his efforts to protect the region’s environment, promote a sustainable state economy and further the opportunity for clean energy jobs. During his time in the state Senate, Berke has undertaken several legislative initiatives to promote clean energy, including as co-prime sponsor of Governor Phil Bredesen’s Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act, which continues to create new, clean-energy technology jobs while protecting our environment.

Berke’s legislative accomplishments also include requiring all state agencies to purchase energy efficient appliances, cars and trucks. He is currently working to create a clean-energy job training program within Tennessee career and technical schools, as well as a statewide plan for the development of clean energy job programs.

This is the second year that a public official has been granted the award. The initial award was given to Gov. Bredesen in 2010. Berke was presented his award on April 22 at the 2011 Green Business and Living Summit in Nashville.