Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers recently announced the winners of the 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.
Milcrofton Utility District in Williamson County was honored in the Water Quality category.
“Tennesseans continue to show their commitment to the environment in innovative ways, and we want to recognize their outstanding efforts,” Lee said. “These awards show that responsible environmental stewardship is happening across our state.”
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.
In its 34th year, the awards program covers nine categories: agriculture and forestry, building green, clean air, energy and renewable resources, environmental education and outreach, materials management, natural resource conservation, sustainable performance and water quality conservation.
“This year’s Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards reflect a diverse approach to environmental responsibility,” Salyers said. “The winners are worthy of this recognition, and we are proud of the example they set for all of us.”
The 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipients are:
The City of Knoxville
Energy and Renewable Resources
Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry
Agriculture and Forestry
Environmental Education and Outreach
Milcrofton Utility District
Paint Oak, LLC.
Shelby County Health Department
Stanley Black & Decker
Additionally, Crosstown Concourse in Memphis and The Nashville Food Project of Nashville are recognized with Pursuit of Excellence Awards, which recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship.
The Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced later.
A panel of nine professionals representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental and academic professions judged more than 82 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground environmental achievement, innovation, transferability, partnerships and public education.
“This award is a reflection of the dedicated staff of the district providing safe reliable water to our 30,000-plus residents 24/7/365,” Mike Jones, general manager of Milcrofton, said. “The Milcrofton team always impresses me with their resilience and willingness to always improve the district. We have really worked hard behind the scenes to expand upon our services to the residences and businesses we serve. As a governmental entity under the state of Tennessee, we want to reflect what makes Tennessee such a great place to live. Thank you to the selection committee as this award is a ray of sunshine during these unprecedented times to our diligent staff that has worked to provide quality water every time the tap is turned on by one of our customers.”
The actual award will be received at an awards banquet for the winners to be held on July 24.