Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo

The Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo (STF&E) is an annual conference where attendees share and discover projects that can reshape what is possible in transportation and mobility. The research, technology, planning, and policy developments shared at STF&E aim to improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all. Panelists and speakers from across the country highlight best practices to transform transportation systems efficiently, affordably, and sustainably.

Each year, STF&E features an alternative fuel vehicle and equipment showcase as well as a luncheon that honors both winners of the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards (TSTAs) and new inductees to the Tennessee Green Fleets (TGF) program.

STF&E will return to Knoxville on October 1-2, 2019.

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A Public Forum: Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility


A Public Forum

Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility


Presented by

University of Tennessee (UT) Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

When: June 20-21, 2018

Where: Toyota Auditorium

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Ut Knoxville

1640 Cumberland Avenue – Knoxville, Tennessee

With the emergence of electrified transit options and intelligent transportation system technologies, what are the costs, benefits, and barriers associated with these technologies that local governments, utilities, and transit agencies must consider and address? What best practices can be identified from electric mass transit and smart mobility case studies, and what can be done at the local, state, and federal levels to provide forward momentum in these areas? Are the visions of future transportation systems realistic and obtainable?

Join us for panel discussions regarding electric mass transit as an option for urban mobility on June 20-21, 2018. Our panelists will present on a variety of topics, including:

  • Technology and Connectivity
  • Policy Options and Issues
  • Smart Mobility Case Studies
  • Visions and Groundtruthing

This event is free, and lunch will be provided on both days. An evening networking reception will also be planned.

Register here!

This event is sponsored by UT, TDEC, and TVA. If you have any questions, please contact TDEC OEP’s Communications Coordinator Shauna Basques at Shauna.Basques@tn.gov or 615-253-1947.

EU energy-focused delegation visits East Tennessee

Credit: Teknovation.biz

About a dozen representatives of a European Union (EU) delegation focused on energy finish a three-day educational trip to East Tennessee with two meetings today.

They will be the program for the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council this morning in Oak Ridge. After that presentation, they will finish the series of meetings with discussions at the University of Tennessee.

The group was in Chattanooga yesterday. On Wednesday, they visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory after being hosted by Nazzy and Hash Hashemian of Analysis and Measurement Systems Corporation (AMS) at a luncheon in Knoxville arranged by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC). The discussion included members of the TAEBC and the EU delegation.

This is a photo of the attendees at the event.

ACMA launches Composites Recycling Conference in Tennessee

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Arlington, Virginia, has announced the conference program for its inaugural Composites Recycling Conference, set for April 10-12, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The conference program features the technology and business developments in composites recycling presented by leading experts from U.S. and around the world.

The conference program features panel discussions and presentations from notable companies, including Owens Corning, Ashland, Airbus and the Composite Recycling Technology Center. The program covers a range of topics and industry advancements in composites recycling, including the pyrolysis process capable of recovering glass and carbon fibers; recycling and reusing thermoplastic and thermoset carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) in the aviation market; and state-of-the-art recycling technology.

Industry experts and business leaders will share new and existing incentives for recycling and waste reduction that are reducing costs and making the business case for composites recycling.

Additionally, the conference features preconference and postconference tours of leading institutes in the Knoxville area that focus on composites manufacturing and end-of-life recycling. Attendees will have the option to tour IACMI — The Composites Institute Lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility as well as Local Motors. These tours offer an opportunity to see how government funded laboratories are addressing their challenges, ACMA says, including developing a robust and scalable composite recycling methodology as well as how a local manufacturer is creating products from recycled carbon fiber.

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Knoxville’s LED streetlight upgrades are underway

Pilot locations for the City of Knoxville’s new LED streetlights are up and running.

The pilot locations have been serving as testbeds to be evaluated by the City, public stakeholders, and for residents to also get the chance to experience the new LEDs in action.

Since late last year, Knoxville has been gradually flipping the switch to energy-efficient lighting in several neighborhoods through these design and testing phases.

An interactive map on the City of Knoxville Office of Sustainability’s website shows select testbed areas where some of those high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs have been converted to LEDs so far, from Western Avenue to parts of Chilhowee Drive.

According to the map, 16 locations in Knoxville have been tested out.

You may remember Knoxville chose Siemens to retrofit its nearly 30,000 streetlights in September 2017. The retrofit will cut the City’s streetlight operation budget in half by $2 million annually in energy and maintenance costs. With these savings, the investment is expected to pay for itself in less than ten years.

Other benefits include:

  • 50% more energy efficient than existing Knoxville streetlights
  • Greenhouse gas emissions savings, helping the City achieve its goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020;
  • Greater reliability, and fewer outages, sustained by a 10 year luminaire warranty;
  • Improved light quality, including a reduction in light pollution and improved safety;
  • No disposal hazards.

Once the design and testing phase is complete, Siemens expects to begin installation of the new lights across the city later this year. All work is expected to wrap up by Summer 2019.

For more detailed information about this project, click here.