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Each year, the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards honor outstanding accomplishments that support the protection and enhancement of Tennessee’s natural resources. Nominating an individual, group, or organization for their achievements is a meaningful way to promote conservation and recognize effective environmental leadership in Tennessee.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards, and ideal nominees are organizations and individuals who are improving the quality of Tennessee’s land, air, and water.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards include ten categories: Building Green, Clean Air, Energy and Renewable Resources, Environmental Education and Outreach, Environmental Education and Outreach (school category), Land Use, Materials Management, Natural Heritage, Sustainable Performance, and Lifetime Achievement.

Any individual, business, organization, educational institution, or agency is eligible, provided it is located in Tennessee and the project was completed during the 2017 calendar year. All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive years of overall environmental compliance with the Department of Environment and Conservation. Self-nominations are encouraged.

A panel of judges representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental, and academic professionals will select award recipients based on criteria including level of project or program completion, innovation, and public education. The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2018. Award recipients will be announced in May 2018.

If you would like to apply or nominate someone, you can find nomination forms and other information here.  Contact Kathy Glapa with any questions at 615-253-8780 or kathy.glapa@tn.gov