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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.
A core principle of the Department of Environment and Conservation's mission is "conserving and promoting our natural, cultural, and historic resources." This month's articles showcase a very broad range of both cultural and historical preservation taking place across the state. From a Civil War battlefield in Humphreys County, to 1934 Civilian Conservation Corp cabins in Pickett and Fentress Counties, to the preservation of Native American culture at Red Clay State Park, to one of the largest fossil finds east of the Tennessee River in Gray, these sites remind us of the critical importance of preservation. Our stories highlight sustainability in its truest sense-saving and enhancing those places that enrich our lives and provide a valuable and irreplaceable focal point to the rich history of Tennessee. Enjoy!