Submit nominations for the 2020 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards!

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) are accepting nominations for the 2020 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards (TSTAs) from now until Friday, June 19. Winners will be honored at the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum and Expo later this year. Submit your nominations here.

The TSTAs recognize outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability of the state’s transportation systems. In the judging criteria, TDEC and TDOT ask nominees to provide information about how their project addresses one or more of the following areas:

  • Innovation: How the project utilized new thinking or creative approaches to meet a particular transportation challenge
  • Best Practices and Replicability: How the project demonstrates a transferable solution, such that others could adopt or implement similar programs or initiatives
  • Changes in Transportation Behavior: How a project worked to encourage or achieve changes in transportation behavior in order to make a transportation system more efficient
  • Improvements to Public Health, Resilience, and Safety: How a project creates improvements to public health, well-being, or safety in a given community
  • Equity and Access: How the project provides sustainable transportation benefits to all community members and creates accessible mobility solutions for diverse audiences

Regarding eligibility requirements, all project must:

  • Eligible entities include federal, State (excluding divisions under TDEC and TDOT), and local governments; commercial, non-profit, and industrial organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and utilities.
  • Projects must be located within or have occurred in Tennessee. A project that is part of a regional or national initiative must have a significant Tennessee nexus.
  • Projects must have been completed in the last five years. 
  • Nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive, current years of exceptional environmental compliance with TDEC.
  • Applicants must agree to allow a summary of their accomplishments to be published by the State of Tennessee and/or the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Projects that were awarded a TSTA in the past may not be awarded again, unless significant changes to the project have occurred in the interim.

TAEBC recently heard from TDEC Commissioner David Salyers at our Annual Meeting at Schneider Electric’s Nashville Hub, where he discussed how the state is moving swiftly to promote electric vehicle adoption and increase charging infrastructure availability.

Check out the list of 2019 TSTA winners here. If you have questions about the TSTAs, please contact OEP Senior Program Manager Alexa Voytek at or 615-532-0238.

Tesla’s Model 3 Expected to be “Game Changer” for Sustainable Transportation

It goes from 0 to 60 miles in six seconds and travels 215 miles on a single charge. Meet Tesla’s Model 3, a mass marketed, affordable electric car expected to have a major impact on the automobile industry.

tesla-model-3-photoTesla unveiled a prototype of the Model 3 on March 31, and already online orders for the car have reached more than 133,000 and counting. The Model 3 can be reserved in the United States for a $1,000 deposit. The inaugural shipment is expected to arrive at the end of 2017, first for customers on the West Coast, then the East Coast and finally, overseas. The cost of the Tesla starts at $35,000.

According to Tesla’s official release, the Model 3 “combines real world range, performance, safety and spaciousness into a premium sedan and is designed to attain the highest safety ratings in every category.” The car seats five.

The electric automobile is also expected to exceed the mileage number of 215 with all model cars including support for Tesla’s high-speed Supercharging network, which allows the car to stay charged for longer periods of time.

Tesla’s Model 3 is being marketed with the tagline, “accelerating sustainable transport.” While it’s clear the Model 3 will advance sustainability in transportation and ultimately advanced energy progress for the nation, Forbes is already calling the Model 3 a game changer stating that, “on the face of it Tesla appears to be another car company.  But something much more significant is afoot.  This sales level, at these prices, when the underlying economics of use seem to be moving in the opposite direction indicates that Tesla has tapped into an unmet need.  Its products are impressing a large number of people, and they are buying at premium prices.  Based on recent orders Tesla is vastly outselling competitive electric automobiles made by competitors, all of whom are much bigger and better resourced.  And those are all the signs of a real game changer.”

This is a milestone event for the electric car industry and sustainable transportation, and one event that is sure to have a positive impact on the mission of TAEBC.

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