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Haslam Applauds TN Environmental Leaders, Innovators

Press release from Department of Environment and Conservation; Jan. 25, 2012:

Nominations are Open for Governor’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Awards

NASHVILLE – The Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

“Caring for Tennessee’s numerous natural resources positively impacts the health of our communities – from the air we breathe to the recreational activities we enjoy every day,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “We are pleased to once again be in a position to recognize environmental leaders and innovators across the state whose stewardship efforts lead the way in protecting Tennessee’s air, land and water.”

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.

“The quality of our environment plays such an important role in the healthy lifestyle Tennesseans enjoy and expect,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “These annual awards give us an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding efforts throughout the state and to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to enhance our shared environment.”

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. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2012. Award recipients will be announced in late May 2012.

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