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State seeks nominations for environmental award

Nominations are open for the Governor's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is seeking nominations for the Governor's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state's diverse environment.

"The continued health of Tennessee's air, land and water is critical to keeping our communities strong," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.  "It is important to recognize the innovative efforts and unique projects that conserve and protect our natural resources because they provide economic benefits and boost Tennessee's overall sustainability."

Awards will be given in the following categories: 
Building Green
Clean Air
Energy and Renewable Resources
Environmental Education and Outreach (business category)
Environmental Education and Outreach (school category)
Land Use
Materials Management
Natural Heritage
Sustainable Performance
Lifetime Achievement. 

Individuals, businesses, organizations, educational institutions and agencies located in Tennessee are eligible.  Related projects must be completed during the 2012 calendar year.  

Applications are available at TDEC's website. Program deadline is March 29, 2013.

The judging panel will select nominees based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education.  

All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive years in overall environmental compliance with the Department of Environment and Conservation.  

Self-nominations are encouraged.

Award recipients will be announced in May 2013. 

For additional guidance, check out last year's 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award Winners
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