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Contact Environmental Assistance

Lori Munkeboe, Director
8th Floor L&C Annex
401 Church St. 37243-1533
For programs on this page call:
1-800 734-3619 or (615) 532-0445
For all other environmental questions, call:
1-888-891-TDEC (8332)
E-mail your questions/comments to the Office of Environmental Assistance

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September 2007 October 2007 November 2007









1 Sustainable Development in the Ohio River Valley

KY Governer's Conference

2 Sustainable Development in the Ohio River Valley

KY Governer's Conference

3 Sustainable Development in the Ohio River Valley

Tri-Cities Industrial Expo

4Tri-Cities Industrial Expo

Lungfest and Fun Walk








12 Brownfields Grant Solicitation - Deadline




16 Cumberland River Compact: Creating Sustainable Landscapes

USGBC: Energy Modeling for LEED

17 TP3 - PT workshop Middle TN

18 USBGC: Green Advantage Training


20 USGBC: Green Tie Gala





25 USGBC: Membership Meeting






31 Deadline: RFP for Strategic Agricultural Initiative


October 10, 2007

KUDOS! Jobe Family Achieves TP3 Household Partner status

TDEC Environmental Coordinator, Nashville EFO, is walking the talk. Charles Jobe and his family recently became the second household to advance to Partner Level in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3).

Click here for the full story!

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Hello from East Tennessee!

Mark your calendar….

for the 7th Annual East Tennessee Environmental Conference, held again this year at the Meadowview Conference Resort and Convention Center, Kingsport, Tennessee Tuesday March 18, 2008 and Wednesday March 19, 2008

Visit the website for more information:

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East Tennessee Hospitals Workshop:
"Lower Operating Costs Through a Smaller Environmental Footprint"
Join us for a workshop that shows hospitals how to reduce daily operating costs by "Greening" their operations.
Friday November 9, 2007 from 8-3:30 p.m. EST
Please see agenda for the day.  

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RFP for Strategic Agricultural Initiative - Deadline October 31, 2007 (2007_rfp.pdf)

Dear IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Contacts:

This is to inform you that a new Request for Proposals for the Strategic Agricultural Initiative has been posted for Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.) The deadline for submission is October 31, 2007. The total amount of the awards is approximately $700,000, which is 2 years of funding combined. Awards will be made in the amount of $75,000 to $200,000.

The RFP solicits application packages to help support efforts by the agricultural community to transition to lower risk pesticides and pest management practices in agricultural production, resulting in a sustainable food system. The emphasis is on food crops, however other agricultural commodities (including ornamentals) will be considered, especially where there are significant demonstrable environmental concerns. The program supports grants for education, extension, demonstration, and implementation projects. We anticipate making 3-5 awards. Work must be done within Region 4, although the organization receiving the award may be located outside of the Region.

To view the announcement go to the Office of Pesticide Program's (OPP) website. The RFP is found under "Highlights" on the OPP website and is the very first item on the page. I have also attached a pdf version of the RFP.

If you know of others who may be interested, please distribute this information broadly through whatever lists you may have available to you.

Lora Lee Schroeder

Strategic Agriculture Initiative Coordinator

APTMD, Pesticides Section

U.S. EPA Region 4

Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street

Atlanta, GA 30303-8960

ph: 404-562-9015

fax: 404-562-8973

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The Environment and You
Information on recycling, fire prevention, climate change and more. Includes special section for kids!

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The September 2007 issue of the US Green Building Council Middle Tennessee Chapter newsletter has hit the stands!  Click the link to access the online .pdf file:

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Notes from the Chair - Mike Leonard
  • Letters from the Regional Chair - Sara O' Mara
  • Letters to the Editor - “What is the Right Kind of Building”
  • Generation Partners: A Call for Comments - Louise Gorenflo
  • LEED-NC Energy Modeling Workshop Flyer
  • Green Advantage Workshop for Contractors Flyer
  • Morgan Park Place West - Paul Lynes
  • Tankless Water Heaters: Engineering Considerations - Winston Huff
  • 2nd Annual USGBC Middle Tennessee Chapter Green Tie Gala Invitation – Oct. 20
  • Kilowatt Ours Sneak Preview
  • Urban Housing Gets Energy Efficiency Makeover - Laurie Parker
  • Nashville Public Housing 1st in State to Go Geothermal - Laurie Parker
  • TLC Goes Carbon Neutral - Mary Ann Swiderski
  • Local Happenings
"Silver" Chapter Sponsor


"Green LEEDer" Chapter Sponsor

American Constructors, Inc.

TLC Engineering for Architecture

Alfred Williams & Company


The Comfort Group

Street Dixon Rick

Mohawk Commercial

LP Corporation

"Friend" Chapter Sponsor

Gould Turner


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The September 2007 Times and Trails is attached. Features include:

* Cumberland River Compact and Founder receive recognition

* State provides Alt Fuels Innovations grants to local governments and universities

* Project Edison update

* Museum and Welcome Center at Gray Fossil site opens to public

* State Park Rangers form Honor Guard

* Tennessee Golf Trail pros finish successful summer

* New Employee Information now on department Intranet

* Jobe Family achieves TP3 Partner status

* Upcoming Events

* September Service Anniversaries

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EPA Performance Track News


* EPA Releases Proposed Flexible Air Permits Rule

* Performance Track PSA Placements Valued at over $2 Million

* September Teleseminar on Climate Change

* Novozymes' Triple-Bottom-Line Approach Yields Environmental Improvement and Financial Savings

* Frito-Lay Facility's Acceptance into Performance Track Gets Media Attention

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A Cumberland River Compact Local Officials Curriculum & Building Outside the Box Seminar

Creating Sustainable Landscapes

October 16, 2007

Here's a great opportunity to make your site work more sustainable and earn stormwater credits too. Please save the date and register by October 10th to attend. Feel free to pass this along to your co-workers and colleagues.

Who: The Cumberland River Compact’s Local Officials Community Water Curriculum and Building Outside the Box programs

What: Creating Sustainable Landscapes Seminar
(includes on-site rain garden and porous paving walks on MTSU campus)

When: October 16, 2007 8:30am-4:00pm ( Sign-in begins at 8:30am)

Where: Keathley University Center, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 

Speakers: Kevin Guenther (Design Resource; Sustainable Landscape Architect)

* Dr. Heather Brown (MTSU; Professor of Concrete Industry Management)

* Dr. Warren Anderson (MTSU; Professor of Plant and Soil Science)

* Dr. Nate Phillips (MTSU; Professor of Horticulture)

* Bruce Webster (Tennessee Dept of Agriculture; State Urban Forester)

WHY: Find out what natural infrastructure and sustainable landscape stacking systems are, what is being done here in the midsouth, and how to apply it to your site! Attendees will learn the details of pervious concrete pavement systems, engineering properties and construction techniques with an on-site campus visit of multiple types of porous paving. Learn why rain gardens are cost effective, efficient and a popular means of managing stormwater and how they are functioning on campus with a walking tour. We will also dispel the myths of xeriscaping! Plus get first hand instruction on urban forestry and green infrastructure from the State Urban Forester! All of these methods will encourage converting stormwater into a resource and reduce water consumption for future generations!

SO…..Don’t delay, register TODAY! Deadline to register is October 10, 2007.

6 hours CEU/PDH credits

Cost: Local elected and appointed officials ................................... $50.00

Government staff and development professionals .................. $50.00

Compact and LOC program members ..................................... Free

Register: For a registration form please contact Brooke at [email protected] and ask for the Creating Sustainable Landscapes registration form. Thank you !

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Our mission is to enhance the water quality of the Cumberland River and its tributaries
through education and by promoting cooperation among citizens, businesses, and
agencies in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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This 1/2 day training session will teach you to manage energy modeling during design and successfully leverage this powerful decision-making tool. Continuing Education Credits available. EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS 10/9/07 .


This is an 8am to 5pm training session taught by green building experts which will prepare trainees for the Green Advantage Commercial Exam. Green Advantage is not affiliated with the USGBC or LEED.

GA is about training and certifying construction trade personnel ; the people in the field who are responsible for actually building green buildings. Builders with a sufficient percentage of their building staff who are Green Advantage Certified are eligible for a LEED Innovation Credit!


The Middle Tennessee Chapter's annual gala event including a silent auction, dinner, featured speaker, and music. Table sponsorship opportunities are still available. Individual tickets are available for the entire evening's events, or a "Late Comer" for the concert only, from 9pm-12am. To register or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Schoeder [email protected] , 615.255.5218

Silent Auction: Various items of local interest

Featured Speaker: Susan Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis magazine

Music: Guilty Pleasures, Nashville's premier 80's cover band


Topic to be announced - stay tuned for further notice.


GREENBUILD is the premiere green building conference and expo.

Oct. 22

Deadline to Register by Mail (postmarked by 10/25)

Oct. 12

Hotel Cancellation Deadline

Oct. 31

Conference Cancellation Deadline

Nov. 5-9

Onsite Registration


Mike Leonard AIA, LEED AP
US Green Building Council
Chairman- Middle Tennessee Chapter

Thomas, Miller & Partners, LLC
615-377-9773 (office)
615-523-5241 (direct)

Build Green. Everyone Profits.

P lease do not print this unless necessary

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CIS Newsletter

The 2007 Manufacturing Solutions Conference on November 7 and 8 in Nashville is Tennessee's only conference geared toward small to midsize manufacturers - focusing on continuous improvement technologies - and will provide the manufacturer with critical business skills necessary to transform their businesses into world-class organizations. Be sure to our new Conference website - and check often for new updates!

Conference registration is now available!

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Green Build, International Conference & Expo. Chicago, Nov. 7-9 2007 - Register Now

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Conference Highlights:

Register Now

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2007 Net Impact Conference: Building a Sustainable Future: What Will We Do Next?

2007 Net Impact Conference:
Your Chance to Build a Sustainable Future

With less than a month left before THE conference of the year, make your move today and reserve your place at this historic conference...

Our 15th annual Conference will bring together over 1500

  • MBA and graduate students from the world’s top business schools
  • business professionals working in socially and environmentally responsible fields
  • recruiters seeking talented leaders to work in socially responsible companies – check out the Career Expo!
  • hundreds of speakers and panelists sharing their expertise on issues that will define the future of responsible business

It will all happen on the beautiful campus of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee .

News and Updates...

  • Judges have been announced for the Net Impact Network Challenge! They include Robyn Beavers from Google’s Green Business Operations Group and Marcus Chung, Senior Manager, Social Responsibility Strategic Planning & Communications at Gap, Inc.   Submissions will be accepted until October 8th.  Make your mark and change the world. APPLY NOW!
  • Keynote Speakers: Yvon Chouinard – Patagonia, Chad Holliday – DuPont, Magatte Wade-Marchand - Adina World Beat Beverages, Tensie Whelan - Rainforest Alliance

Learn more about everything the 2007 Net Impact Conference has to offer: Sessions, Speakers, and more!

Register today at or e-mail [email protected] with questions. 

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NOVEMBER 15 th - 17 th

The next Tennessee Pollution Prevention Roundtable (TP2R) meeting will be held onsite, just preceding the Summit opening session. Please come to the Roundtable meeting, November 15 at 8:00, and you are encouraged to register and attend the Summit.

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EPA Resource Conservation Challenge Web Academy

Recycling and Solid Waste Management Educational Series
Hosted by EPA Regions 1, 4, 7 and 10

This is a great opportunity for local governments, and hear from national experts on a variety of recycling and solid waste topics.

WHEN: 3rd Thursday of the month, September 2007 through September 2008
1:00 pm Eastern Time (12:00 Central, 11:00 Mountain, 10:00 Pacific)

WHO: State and Local Government waste management and recycling professionals, Not-for-profit Organizations supporting Solid Waste management systems

REGISTER: on-line at

Upcoming Sessions:


September 20, 2007

The State of Recycling

Join us and Jerry Powell, publisher Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update  and E-Scrap News, to get a Recycling 101 primer. Attend this education session and come away with:

  • State of the State of recycling nationally
  • Current state of the plastics, paper and metal markets
  • Trends in curbside collection

October 18, 2007

The State of Organics Recycling in the U.S.

Join us with Nora Goldstein, Executive Editor, BioCycle for a discussion on:

  • The national update on the growing field of organics management
  • The “window of opportunity” we are now facing
  • How States are working on this waste stream
  • What role organics recycling is playing in climate change

Full Calendar:




September 20, 2007

Recycling 101
Ø     State of the state
Ø     Trends
Ø     Markets

Jerry Powell
Editor and Publisher
Resource Recycling, Inc.

October 18, 2007

Organics Management
Ø     Update
Ø     State Perspectives

Nora Goldstein
Editor of BioCycle

State Staff - TBD

November 15, 2007

Climate and Waste
Ø     What is the connection?
Ø     What can you do?
Ø     Counting your results

December 20, 2007

Single vs. Dual Stream
Ø     Reducing Contamination
Ø     Contracting for success
Ø     Case Studies

January 17, 2008

Venue Recycling

February 21, 2008

Construction & Demolition Recycling

March 20, 2008

Managing Compact Fluorescent Lamps

April 17, 2008

Packaging and Recycling

May 15, 2008

Policies and Program that Work

June 19, 2008

Recycling in Schools/Curriculum

July 17, 2008

Financial implications of recycling

August 21, 2008

Green Purchasing

September 18, 2008

Using Incentives to promote recycling


Anita Kemp Shipley
US EPA, Region 4
RCRA Programs and Materials Management Branch
Materials Management Section
(404) 562-8466
[email protected]

THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT. Paper is a valuable resource.

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For more information about the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Roundtable, please contact Karen Grubbs at 615-532-0463 or 1-800-734-3619 or by email at [email protected].