2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship process begins | Sunday stories

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation invites Tennessee residents to submit nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship.

“We are proud to recognize organizations that stand out in protecting our precious natural resources in Tennessee,” Governor Bill Lee said. “These awards honor those who go above and beyond to responsibly protect and preserve Tennessee’s beauty and resources.”

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship include 10 unique categories: Agriculture and Forestry, Green Building, Clean Air, Renewable Energy and Resources, Environmental Education and Awareness, Materials Stewardship, Natural Resources, Water Quality water, lasting performance and lifetime achievement.

The awards are presented annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals, local governments, businesses, organizations and educational institutions for successful environmental projects and conservation actions.

Any individual, business, organization, educational institution, or agency is eligible, provided they are located in Tennessee and the project was completed during the 2021 calendar year. All applicants must have a minimum of three consecutive years of overall environmental compliance with TDEC. Self-nominations are encouraged.

“Many Tennessees are doing our state a great service by protecting our environment and practicing sustainable practices,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers. “We want these awards not only to recognize leaders in this effort, but to provide examples for others to get involved.”

A panel of judges representing agriculture, conservation, forestry, environmental and academic professionals will select winners based on criteria such as level of project or program completion, innovation and public education.

The deadline for nominations is March 31. Winners will be announced this summer.

For more details on each category, judging criteria or a nomination form, visit the TDEC website.

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