The Office of Sustainable Practices was created to advance a culture of sustainability across the department, state government and with our various partners through an action-based approach. Conserving resources and using energy wisely makes sense on a basic level: it saves money and positively impacts our health and environment today and for future generations. Department-wide efforts promoting energy efficiency, sustainable business practices and voluntary environmental initiatives will be monitored and improved continuously. The Office of Sustainable Practices will provide critical work with local governments, businesses, and communities on real world issues, including energy efficiency, energy conservation and cost saving ideas that promote reuse and recycling while producing less pollution and lighter resource consumption.
TDEC’s new Office of Sustainable Practices will be organized to produce results in these key program areas:
The office will have the ability to engage innovative, talented people working in all parts of TDEC – in the Bureau of Environment, Administration, Parks and Conservation – to leverage opportunities for greater sustainability wherever it exists. No good idea or thoughtful suggestion should be off limits if it can deliver results. It will take a collective effort to continue protecting the environment while meeting our communities’ needs. Working together, we can promote sustainable practices in all walks life to make a better Tennessee for all of us.
Designated as Clean Air Month, May is the time to shake off the chill of winter and move to the many outdoor activities that await. Many of those activities are made easier for people by having clean air- something we in Tennessee enjoy. All across the state, things are happening that help maintain and improve our air quality. From a solar farming operation in McMinn County, to TDOT’s “Smart Commute Program”, Volvo Penta manufacturing plant’s paint operations, and the City of Murfreesboro’s public transportation system, we celebrate the many important ways Tennessee businesses and state and local governments help assure the quality of our air for generations now and future. Don’t know what you can do? Make a promise to share a ride with a co-worker or friend, take the bus one day a week, plant a tree, or get out and bike or walk to your destination. As the slogan says “Clean air is everyone’s business!”