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Costin Shamble Named Environmental Justice Coordinator for Department
Costin Shamble joined the department as Environmental Justice Coordinator on November 1, 2006. Costin is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. Beyond her previous experience as in-house counsel at the Tennessee Department of Revenue, Costin has clerked and worked in a variety of legal and organizational settings.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) promotes healthy and safe communities and quality environmental education for the benefit of the environment, public health and economy. The department is committed to protecting the health of Tennessee’s citizens and its environment, and to promoting environmental equity in the administration of its programs to the extent it may do so legally and practicably. The department supports the objectives of achieving environmental equity for all Tennesseans.

Environmental Justice” is based on the principle that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and have the right to a clean and healthy environment.

Environmental justice is:

  • protection of the health of the people of Tennessee and its environment,
  • equity in the administration of the State's environmental programs, and
  • provision of adequate opportunities for meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.

Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act states, “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 42 U.S.C.§2000d

Title VI is an essential to the principles of environmental justice and move to immediately precede The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is committed to ensuring all management staff, contractees, and service beneficiaries are aware of the provisions of Title VI and the responsibilities associated with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is committed to ensuring all management staff, contractees, and service beneficiaries are aware of the provisions of Title VI and the responsibilities associated with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Link to:

Title VI poster

Title VI brochure

Title VI PowerPoint presentation

If you have questions concerning the Environmental Justice Program, please contact Costin Shamble at 615-253-8337 or by email at [email protected]