The Building Green award recognizes innovation in siting, structure design and use, deconstruction and construction techniques, supply chain and materials sourcing, operational efficiency (water use, energy efficiency), longevity, flexibility of use, protecting occupant health and productivity and reduction in overall carbon footprint. A project using in-fill, brownfields or repurposing of existing structures will receive special consideration.
Successful projects in this category will demonstrate measureable progress in reducing hazardous air pollutants, volatile organic compounds, acid rain precursors and greenhouse gases, outdoor exposure to toxic air contaminants, and/or air deposition loading to land and water. (Cap and trade activities will not be considered.) Nominations may include programs and projects that incorporate installation of pollution prevention technologies, logistics and/or operational changes.
This award recognizes projects that further the widespread use and adoption of alternative fuels, conservation strategies, innovative devices or techniques, as well as creation of domestic fuel sources. Nominations may also include projects that increase the energy efficiency of buildings or equipment, the use of environmentally-benign energy production technologies, developing advanced energy technologies, using renewable energy resources or the use of innovative technologies that will reduce dependence upon traditional fossil-fuel-based energy sources. Special consideration will be given to nominations that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to energy issues and highlight the relationship between the environmental benefits and the associated social and economic benefits.
The Environmental Education and Outreach award will recognize an outstanding education and/or outreach program that promotes environmental stewardship, increases citizen awareness and results in enhanced environmental protection. Nominations may include demonstration projects, awareness campaigns or programs allowing communities to address environmental issues such as non-point source pollution.
This award will honor an outstanding education and/or outreach program that promotes environmental stewardship, increases citizen awareness and results in enhanced environmental protection. Nominations may include demonstration projects, awareness campaigns, or programs allowing communities to address environmental issues such as non-point source pollution. (Higher Education and K-12 only)
Projects in this category incorporate innovative and effective methods or practices to preserve or improve land use in Tennessee. Nominations may include the revitalization of underutilized or contaminated land, the preservation of green space, the reduction of sprawl, brownfield redevelopment, creative reuse and/or preserving farmland. Special consideration will be given to nominations that demonstrate significant progress in furthering the protection or development of Tennessee's greenways; involvement of neighboring communities; and collaboration with regional or statewide initiatives.
The Materials Management award recognizes conservation and protection of natural resources and reducing costs through waste prevention, reducing toxicity, re-use, recycling, composting, environmentally-preferable purchasing, supply chain dynamics, as well as product design and stewardship. Nominations may include projects addressing input change, product reformulation, and production process redesign, conservation techniques, material re-use and beneficial land application. Special consideration will be given to nominations that demonstrate a comprehensive approach and highlight the relationship between the environmental benefits and the associated social and economic benefits.
Achievements in this area feature protecting, preserving, restoring or enhancing Tennessee's natural landscape and native flora and fauna. Nominations may include projects that address Tennessee's natural, geologic or ecological resources including open space, wetlands, estuaries, biological diversity and endangered species. Special consideration will be given for integrated efforts relating to adjacent land use and nominations that focus on particularly significant river corridors, scenic trails, and other areas of cultural value.
The winner in this category will have implemented holistic approaches to achieve sustainability and integrated environmental values and conservation of natural resources into comprehensive, long-term decision making and management of businesses and facilities. Nominations must demonstrate achievement in multiple operational areas such as facility lifecycle, supply chain management, community engagement, employee involvement, and product or service design and delivery.
The Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement award is given to an individual who has devoted at least 25 years of effective and valuable service to Tennessee's environmental protection or conservation stewardship. Past winners have demonstrated notable personal achievements in various areas, such as natural resource management, conservation, education, public service, and political support toward Tennessee's conservation and/or environmental protection. The award is named in honor of Robert Sparks Walker, a Chattanooga native who founded the Chattanooga Audubon Society, organized the Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain Hiking Club and was a prominent Tennessee naturalist. He published 10 books, one of which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and wrote a nature column for the Chattanooga Times. Please note that posthumous awards are not given in this category.