Register for the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum

TDEC, in partnership with TDOT and TNCleanFuels, will hold the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum from September 17-18, 2018 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville.

The forum will highlight new research and technologies that improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all Tennesseans. The forum will also honor winners of the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. For more information about the awards, visit the website at https://www.tn.gov/environment/tsta.

Register at tsta.eventbrite.com. Registration includes access to all forum sessions and lunches, an alternative fuel vehicle showcase, and an offsite networking reception at the Sunsphere.

  • An advanced conference registration rate of $35 will be available until September 10, 2018.
  • Students may register for the event at a discounted rate of $5 and must present their student IDs at the time of event sign-in.

For attendees that require overnight accommodations, hotel blocks are available at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park(code: STC) and the Hilton Knoxville (code: STF18). These discounted rates will expire when the group blocks sell out, so be sure to book accommodations early.

Event staff are also working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to organize a tour of the National TransportationResearch Center (NTRC) on the afternoon of September 18. The NTRC supports the U.S. Department of Energy with research focused on vehicle electrification, engines and emissions controls, new materials for future systems, data science, and automated vehicle technologies. Forum registrants will receive instructions via email on how to reserve a space on this tour. Learn more about the NTRC here: https://www.ornl.gov/ntrc.

TDEC Green Star Partnership Webinar

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership (TGSP) is TDEC’s environmental leadership program that seeks to recognize Tennessee Industries that are committed to sustainable practices and continuous improvement throughout their entire operation.

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is a voluntary program for manufacturers located within Tennessee. Click here for more information.

The webinar will be June 13, 2018. The topic is to be determined.

 

Deadline to submit nominations for TDEC’s 2018 Sustainable Transportation Awards

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) invites nominations for the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. Winners will be announced at the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum, which will take place on Sept. 17-18, 2018 in Knoxville.

The Awards recognize outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of transportation systems in Tennessee.

“We are looking for projects that are consistent with ongoing efforts to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans, provide for a strong economy and protect our state’s natural resources,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.

A panel of judges representing an array of interests will select award winners based on the following criteria:

  • 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 and Safety – how a project creates improvements to public health, well-being or safety in a given community.

Eligible applicants include federal, state and local governments; commercial, nonprofit and industrial organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and utilities. Entities must be located in Tennessee and the project must have been completed in the last five years. All nominees must be in environmental compliance with TDEC. Self-nominations are encouraged.

More information, including the application, is at https://www.tn.gov/environment/TSTA. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2018.

Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Public Information Session

In 2015, Volkswagen (VW) publicly admitted that it had secretly and deliberately installed a defeat device—software designed to cheat emissions tests and deceive federal and state regulators—in approximately 590,000 model year 2009 to 2016 motor vehicles containing 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel engines. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against VW, alleging that the company had violated the federal Clean Air Act.

$2.9 billion in settlement funds from the resulting 2.0 and 3.0 liter partial settlements with the federal government will be placed into an Environmental Mitigation Trust, which will fund environmental mitigation projects that reduce NOx emissions. Trust funds will be allocated among beneficiaries (states, certain territories, and tribes) based on the number of impacted VW vehicles in their jurisdictions.

Tennessee’s initial, combined allocation under the approved 2.0 and 3.0 liter partial settlements is $45,759,914.40. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been identified by Governor Bill Haslam as the Lead Agency for purposes of administering Tennessee’s trust allocation.

TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is planning to hold a VW Diesel Settlement public information session in Memphis. This meeting will provide an overview of the VW Diesel Settlement, the Environmental Mitigation Trust, TDEC’s process for developing a proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Tennessee, and an overview of the types of eligible mitigation actions that can be funded by Tennessee’s Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation.

This public information session will be free and open to the public. Please note that registration is required due to space restrictions. Should there be additional demand and interest, TDEC OEP will coordinate and host additional meetings in other locations throughout the State.

  • November 17, 1:30 pm – 3pm Central-Memphis Public Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN: Register here.

For additional information on the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement in Tennessee, please visit TDEC OEP’s website. OEP also advises interested parties to subscribe to its VW Settlement email list. If you have questions, please contact Alexa Voytek at Alexa.Voytek@tn.gov or 615-532-0238

TDEC hosts Volkswagen Diesel Settlement public informational sessions

In 2015, Volkswagen (VW) publicly admitted that it had secretly and deliberately installed a defeat device- software designed to cheat emissions tests and deceive federal and state regulators- in approximately 590,000 model year 2009 to 2016 motor vehicles containing 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel engines. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against VW, alleging the company had violated the federal Clean Air Act.

$2.9 billion in settlement funds from the resulting 2.0 and 3.0 liter partial settlements with the federal government will be placed into an Environmental Mitigation Trust, which will fund environmental mitigation projects that reduce NOx emissions. Trust funds will be allocated among beneficiaries (states, certain territories, and tribes) based on the number of impacted VW vehicles in their jurisdictions.

Tennessee’s initial, combined allocation under the approved 2.0 and 3.0 liter partial settlements is $45,759,914.40. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been identified by Governor Bill Haslam as the Lead Agency for purposes of administering Tennessee’s trust allocation.

TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is planning to hold a VW Diesel Settlement public information session in Memphis. This meeting will provide an overview of the VW Diesel Settlement, the Environmental Mitigation Trust, TDEC’s process for developing a proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Tennessee, and an overview of the types of eligible mitigation actions that can be funded by Tennessee’s Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation.

The following public information session will be free and open to the public. Please note that registration is required due to space restrictions. Should there be additional demand and interest, TDEC OEP will coordinate and host additional meetings in other locations throughout the State.

  • November 17, 1:30pm – 3pm CT – Memphis Public Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN. Register here.

Two public information sessions have already taken place in Nashville and Knoxville.