Green Star Partnership Quarterly Newsletter
June 2021
New Members to Join the Partnership
Eaton Electrical of Cleveland
Eaton of Cleveland manufactures low to medium voltage electrical disconnects for commercial and
industrial applications. This site has sheet metal stamping, welding, painting and assembly

TGSP Members Only
Open Discussions
Starting July 2021..........
TDEC Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices is launching a quarterly, hour-long open discussion for TGSP members only.
During this open discussion members will have the opportunity to talk to other industry members about recycling, resource reuse, vendors, and any other items relating to facility environment, health, sustainability, or operations. Members will receive a reoccurring quarterly calendar appointment.
Join us if you can and meet other TGSP members. You never know if a solution to an issue you are having is discussed.
An email will be sent in June with the reoccurring calendar appointment. Be on the lookout.
Partner Successes

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
in Energy Management

Congratulations to Nissan North America, Inc. in Smyrna! The facility was recently recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management. Nissan received recognition for key 2020 successes, which included their renewed employee engagement efforts, launching a new communication campaign, Save at Home! Save at Work! to reduce plant carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption. 

Key 2020 accomplishments include:
  • Improving Nissan’s average ENERGY STAR energy performance scores across the region by 3.8 points, despite COVID-related shutdowns.
  • Earning ENERGY STAR certification for two manufacturing plants.
  • Enhancing plant energy management through improved dashboards and data visualization, presentation of energy consumption and budget performance data by shop, and actionable weekend energy scorecards.
  • Adapting to conditions of 2020 by conducting virtual plant energy and environmental assessments, enabling the engagement of manufacturing experts and avoiding the need to travel.
  • Acting on benchmarking studies conducted by the ENERGY STAR Motor Vehicle Focuses to improve the efficiency of compressed air and chiller systems.

March Member Highlight

Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations LLC

May Member Highlight

Tennessee Recycling Coalition
Industrial Cyber Risk Management

According to the cybersecurity firm Dragos, industrial cyber risk management is “the discipline of measuring, managing, tracking, and communicating the potential impacts of cyber security events for Operational Technology (OT) environments.” This white paper addresses this topic and provides details to help organizations allocate resources for their ICS security programs. These guidelines distill industry best practices, frameworks, and standards into an approachable process for both novices and veterans of enterprise risk.  

CISA Releases Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks
In light of the recent ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) urge critical infrastructure (CI) asset owners and operators to adopt a heightened state of awareness, as well as implement the recommendations listed in the Mitigations section of this Joint Cybersecurity Advisory.

Some of these recommendations include:
  • Filtering network traffic to prohibit ingress and egress communications with known malicious IP addresses;
  • Enabling strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching end users;
  • Implementing robust network segmentation between information technology and operational technology networks; and
  • Regularly testing manual controls; and ensuring that backups are implemented, regularly tested, and isolated from network connections.

These mitigations will help CI owners and operators improve their entity's functional resilience by reducing their vulnerability to ransomware and the risk of severe business degradation if impacted by ransomware.