The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Clean Fuels, will hold the third annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum during Clean Air Month from May 23-24 at the Nashville Public Library.

“This event will bring together state experts, local leaders and community members to discuss successes and challenges facing transportation in Tennessee,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The business, environmental and regulatory sectors will be represented to discuss topics that affect everyone in our state.”

The forum, entitled “Navigating Toward a Livable Tennessee,” will highlight local transportation planning and the pursuit of place-based policies and investments for improved transportation options in our communities. The keynote will be delivered by Russ Brooks, Smart Cities Director at Transportation for America, an organization focused on supporting the development of smart, sustainable, and locally driven transportation policies across the U.S. The morning address on May 24 will be delivered by Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Mayor Megan Barry.

An awards luncheon will be held on the second day of the forum, and will include remarks from TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau and Tennessee Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Toks Omishakin. The awards recognize outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability of transportation systems in the state, 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.

2017 forum panel topics will include:

  • Behavior Change – Transportation demand management and the utilization of alternatives to single occupancy vehicles;
  • Mobility Planning – Improved efficiency in the delivery of goods and services, reduced congestion, and improved access to alternative transportation;
  • Energy and the Environment – Alternative fuel use for reduced emissions, improved air quality, and resiliency;
  • One Big Idea – Overview of winning projects and ideas.

The forum will also feature a showcase of alternative fuel vehicles, as well as a recognition ceremony for a new class of certified Tennessee Green Fleets. Through the Tennessee Clean Fuels’ Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program, any Tennessee-based fleet can receive certification for its efforts toward reducing petroleum consumption, improving air quality, and increasing the use of alternative fuels or advanced vehicle technologies.

To register for the event, please visit this link.