The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced a Sustainable Transportation Awards initiative. The awards will 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 U.S. Energy Information Administration, transportation accounts for nearly 30 percent of Tennessee's end-use energy consumption,” says TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “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.”
The awards cover the following main categories: on-site transportation; off-site transportation; incorporation of sustainable transportation in the supply chain; employee incentive or engagement programs; public transportation; technological or operational innovations; and infrastructure development.
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. Self-nominations are encouraged.
In connection with Clean Air Month, TDEC will host a recognition ceremony and sustainable transportation forum on May 7, in Memphis.