Environment & Conservation

Tennessee State Parks’ Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Monday, November 18, 2013 | 02:02 pm

Enjoy Food, Friends and Family for a Traditional Holiday Meal at Eight State Parks

NASHVILLE – Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family, while surrounding yourself with Tennessee’s natural wonders during this season of thanksgiving. Tennessee State Park officials are pleased to announce that all eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Nov. 28, serving their annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

Tennessee State Parks Announce Special Winter Rates

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 12:11 pm

Offering convenient quality accommodations at an exceptional value

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks will offer special winter rates for 360 cabins in 21 parks across the state, along with individual rooms at our six state park inns, from Nov. 15, 2013, through March 15, 2014. With a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee, families and groups seeking unique recreation opportunities and high-quality accommodations can find the perfect getaway – all at an exceptional value and a bit closer to home.

Haslam and TDEC Announce Next Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Cycle

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 07:29 pm

Funding Helps Promote Energy Efficiency Projects, Benefiting the Environment and Bottom Line

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced a third offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants, totaling $1.9 million, to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other similar entities across Tennessee.

Governor Haslam Recognizes Four Veteran State Employees and Pays Tribute to More than 525,000 Tennessee Veterans

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 | 01:30 pm
State Veteran employee honorees Chris Christianson, John Smalls, James Payne
State Veteran employee honorees Chris Christianson, John Smalls, James Payne

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department today to recognize four veteran state employees and more than 525,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.  The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.

More Than $5.7 Million in Water and Wastewater Construction Loans Awarded

Friday, November 01, 2013 | 01:32 pm

Low-Interest Loans Help Fund Infrastructure Improvements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced today that two communities, one utility district and one water/wastewater authority have been approved to receive more than $5.7 million in low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

TDEC Bond Program to Release Applications for Energy Conservation Projects

Friday, November 01, 2013 | 09:51 am

Requests for Proposal Available for Competitive Sub-Allocation for Energy Saving Capital Projects

Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs announced today the release of the state’s Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) Program’s Request for Proposals (RFP), which will detail how local governments and public universities can apply for low-interest bonds to finance qualified energy saving projects.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds were created by Congress in 2008 and expanded in 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Tennessee’s total allocation for the program is approximately $64.7 million. More than $18.1 million has been, or is currently, scheduled to be issued for qualifying projects by jurisdictions automatically eligible under the federal legislation. The State has issued 12% of its allocation, surpassing the Southeastern average of 8.7%.