Governor Lee Announces Recipients of the 2022 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner David Salyers announced Thursday the winners of the 2022 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation, according to a press release by TDEC.

In its 36th year, the awards program covers the following categories: agriculture and forestry; building green; clean air; energy and renewable resources; environmental education and outreach; materials management; natural resources; sustainable performance; and water quality.

The 2022 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipients are:

  • Hastings Architecture in Davidson County (Building Green category)
  • City of Maryville Water and Sewer Department in Blount County (Water Quality category)
  • FirstBank Amphitheater in Williamson County (Natural Resources category)
  • Florim USA Inc. in Montgomery County (Sustainable Performance category)
  • Pathway Lending; statewide (Energy and Renewable Resources category)
  • Rockwood Sustainable Solutions LLC in Wilson County (Materials Management category)
  • Sam Pleasants Cattle Farm in Fayette County (Agriculture and Forestry category)
  • SkyNano Technologies in Knox County (Clean Air category)
  • West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub in Chester County (Environmental Education and Outreach category)

In addition, Turnip Green Creative Reuse is recognized with the Pursuit of Excellence Award, which recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship.

“We are proud to recognize those who work diligently to protect Tennessee’s unmatched beauty and natural resources,” Lee said in a statement. “They exemplify a commitment to conservation and responsible stewardship, and we commend them for their excellent work.”

A panel of nine professionals representing agriculture, conservation, forestry, environment, and academic professions judged more than 60 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground environmental achievement, innovation, transferability, partnerships, and public education, according to TDEC.

The winners will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony July 25th in Franklin for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources and communities. The Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced at the awards ceremony, TDEC notes.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Tennessee Nature” by TDEC.



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