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TDEC: Deadline Extended in Search for Environment Protectors

Press Release from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; March 15, 2012:

NASHVILLE – The Department of Environment and Conservation has extended the nomination deadline for the Governor’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Awards, which recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.  The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 30, 2012.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards cover 10 categories: Building Green; Clean Air; Energy and Renewable Resources; Environmental Education and Outreach (business category); Environmental Education and Outreach (school category); Land Use; Materials Management; Natural Heritage; Sustainable Performance and Lifetime Achievement.

Any individual, business, organization, educational institution or agency is eligible, provided they are located in Tennessee and projects were completed during the 2011 calendar year.  All nominees must have a minimum three years of environmental compliance with the Department of Environment and Conservation.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

A panel of judges representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental and academic professionals will select award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education.  Award recipients will be announced in late June 2012.

For more information about each category, judging criteria and nomination forms, visit TDEC’s Web site at

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