Deadline to submit nominations for 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards (GESA) are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, local governments, businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and agencies for successful environmental projects and conservation measures. The awards program was instituted in 1986 by Ernie Blankenship of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Health, a predecessor of TDEC, and has been adopted by the Governor’s office as one of its award programs.

GESA are designed to enhance knowledge and awareness of effective conservation and environmental practices and projects making outstanding contributions to the preservation and protection of community and state natural resources and to give proper recognition to those who engage in these outstanding practices. GESA also encourage leadership by example through its award winners, leading to increased protection and conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife, forests, soils, air, water, natural heritage, parks, and recreation. Applications are judged in nine different criteria areas, including such items as project results and transferability, as well as three eligibility areas: location within the state of Tennessee, completion of a majority of the project in the current calendar year, and three years of exceptional environmental compliance with TDEC.

GESA are the most prestigious environmental and conservation awards in the state. For more than 30 years, the awards have been presented to individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the protection and improvement of our natural resources and wildlife. GESA supports the Governor’s priorities of Job and Economic Development and Health and Welfare, while also supporting TDEC priorities of Public/Private Partnerships and Positive Environmental Outcomes.

Projects must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award:

  • Be located or reside in Tennessee
  • Nominated projects must have been largely completed during the 2019 calendar year
  • Nominees shall have a minimum three years of exceptional environmental compliance
  • Be submitted in the provided format
  • Winning applicants must agree to allow a summary of their accomplishments to be published
  • There must be a three-year window between wins for each category to be eligible for that category again

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

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2020 Rural Energy Conference

Join ACEEE in February for its second 2020 Rural Energy Conference, the premier conference on clean energy solutions for rural America. This dynamic one-day event will explore how clean energy, including energy efficiency, can spur economic growth and lower energy bills for rural residents.

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You will hear experts discuss best practices for designing and financing rural clean energy and energy-saving programs. You will explore efficiency solutions that reduce energy burdens and spur local economic growth. You will also form relationships with  leaders from utilities, government, industry, nonprofits, financial institutions,academia, and companies who are working to increase rural prosperity.

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The opening plenary will look at electrification efforts across the United States. Representatives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, Efficiency Maine Trust, and Next Energy US will share strategies for electrifying rural communities.

At the afternoon plenary, experts from the Colorado Energy Office, University of New Mexico School of Law, University of Michigan, and Environmental and Energy Studies Institute will discuss how state policy can drive energy savings in rural communities. They will share policy opportunities such as statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals. Speakers will include:

  • Keith Dennis, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, NRECA
  • Diane Huis, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Sarah Mills, University of Michigan
  • Michael Stoddard, Efficiency Maine

Visit the Rural Energy Conference website and contact ACEEE Conferences with any questions about the Rural Energy Conference or to learn about sponsorship opportunities.