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2021 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards

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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 2021 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is seeking nominations of organizations and individuals who are improving the quality of Tennessee's land, air, and water.  

The Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards include ten categories: 

  1. Agriculture and Forestry
  2. Building Green
  3. Clean Air
  4. Energy and Renewable Resources
  5. Environmental Education and Outreach
  6. Materials Management
  7. Natural Resource
  8. Water Quality
  9. Sustainable Performance
  10. 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 2020 calendar year. All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive years of overall environmental compliance with TDEC. 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 April 1, 2021. Award recipients will be announced in June 2021.

If you feel like an individual or group would be a good candidate for the awards, direct them to the nomination forms and other pertinent information on the TDEC website.

If you have any questions about this award opportunity, please contact Kathy Glapa, Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices, at (615) 253-8780 or