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2013 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards

Posted in TDEC General

Governor Bill Haslam and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau have announced the winners of the 2013 Governors’ Environmental Stewardship Awards. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on June 25. There were 11 awards, two of which were awarded to manufacturers. They were:

Kasanic Kansei North America’s Lewisburg facility for becoming landfill free at the Lewisburg, Tennessee manufacturing facility.  Currently, all but approximately 5 to 8 percent of the waste material generated at Calsonic-Lewisburg is being recycled, and this material is being sent to a waste-to-energy facility where it is incinerated to produce renewable electricity.

Volkswagen of North America, for becoming LEED Platinum-certified at its Chattanooga production facility, as well as obtaining dual certification in ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 50001 (Energy Management) and installing a 9.5-megawatt solar array, which is the largest in Tennessee and the largest at any U.S. auto plant, along with several other projects.

Bonnaroo also received an award, for its “outstanding efforts to reduce waste produced at the festival” and installing a 50 kw solar array. No word on its green smoke greenhouse gas emissions.

TDEC’s website for these awards, which includes a listing of all winners and descriptions of the winning projects, can be found here.