Knox wins 3 environmental awards

Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and Suttree Landing Park in Knox County are all among the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards this year. Winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on June 16.

“These organizations represent the spirit and drive that make the Volunteer State great,” Governor Haslam said. “I thank all of the winners for their individual contributions to the environment and for keeping Tennessee a beautiful state in which to live and work and to visit.”

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.

The 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipients are:

Belmont University – Davidson County
Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority – Hamilton County
City of Lebanon – Wilson County
Keep Knoxville Beautiful – Knox County
Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization – Knox County
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority – Davidson County
Nashville Fire Department Station 19 – Davidson County
New Hope Christian Academy – Shelby County
Sherwood Forest Project – Davidson County
Suttree Landing Park – Knox County
The Nashville Food Project – Davidson County

The 2017 awards roster includes two Pursuit of Excellence Awards, which recognize past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship practices. The winner of one additional honor, the Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced at the awards ceremony.

A panel of 22 professionals representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental and academic professionals judged more than 89 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education.