Tennessee Pollution Prevention

Virtual Workshop

Date:   Friday, September 29, 2023

Time:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time


  • Greg Young - Deputy Commissioner - TDEC
  • Denise Rice – President & CEO - Peak Performance Inc.
  • Dwaine Raper – Manufacturing Extension Director - UT Center for Industrial Services


TDEC’s Office of Sustainable Practices is excited to present its fall pollution prevention virtual workshop. This free, virtual workshop will highlight several Tennessee-based technical assistance providers and their resources as well as an overview of the latest from TDEC’s Bureau of Environment.

You will hear from TDEC’s Deputy Commissioner of Bureau of Environment, who will share updates from TDEC on recent legislation, statewide and Governor strategic priorities, as well as highlight the new brownfield remediation grant program. The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services will provide an overview of the Manufacturing Extension Program, the services they provide, and how they can work with your facility. Additionally, Peak Performance Inc. will share information on their work with manufacturers in Tennessee, smart manufacturing resources, and The Smart Factory Institute. 

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TGSP Members Only

Open Discussions

Upcoming October 9, 2023 @1:00 P.M. CST

TDEC's Office of Sustainable Practices continue to host open discussions quarterly throughout the year. Over 20 TGSP members participated on our most recent call, with discussion ranging from difficult to manage materials and waste to potential solutions to problems at facilities. Members were able to share successes and vendor information to aid other members.


During this open discussion members will have the opportunity to talk to other industry members about pollution prevention strategies, recycling, resource reuse, vendors, and any other items relating to facility environment, health, sustainability, or operations.

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Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time



  • Cortney Piper, Executive Director, TAEBC
  • Lilly Tench, Director, Spark Innovation Center at UT Research Park
  • Dan Miller, Director, Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Alex Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder, Electro-Active Technologies
  • Mitchell Ishmael, Chief Technology Officer, SHIFT Thermal


The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) is partnering with the Tennessee Green Star Partnership for a webinar to highlight Energy Network program partners that incubate and accelerate the latest cleantech companies, Innovation Crossroads and the Spark Innovation Center.

Join us to learn about opportunities for decarbonization partnerships, mentorship and assisting startups with customer discovery.

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Upcoming In-Person Workshop

Pollution Prevention In-Person Workshop - October 23rd 1:00-4:30pm EDT

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More information to come on this event.

Tennessee Volunteer Emission Reduction Strategy (TVERS)

TVERS is an emissions reduction plan currently being developed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), with input from diverse, multidisciplinary stakeholders across the state. Through this planning process, we will develop reports that include a greenhouse gas inventory, specific measures to reduce emissions, and quantified emissions data. 


Stakeholder engagement is an important component of TVERS, and your input will play a key role. We are offering several ways for stakeholders and the public to get involved throughout the planning process.


More information can be found at tn.gov/environment/policy/tvers

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The Best Practices 2023 EXPO & Conference is packed with the leading global manufacturers displaying their technology innovations, products and people capable of improving the sustainability and reliability of your facility:

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Just Released: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Planning for Industrial Portfolios

Working with Better Climate Challenge partners, the Department of Energy developed a Framework for Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Reduction Planning that provides guidance to organizations seeking to reduce GHG emissions across their portfolios. Better Climate Challenge partners and stakeholders, representing over 60 organizations across multiple sectors and building types, contributed to the development of this framework by participating in working groups. The working groups produced two documents – one for organizations with portfolios of buildings and vehicle fleets, and one for organizations with industrial portfolios. Click here to access the resource for building portfolios. Click here to access the newly released resource for industrial portfolios.

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DOE established a new resource “Savings Hub” designed to help you navigate your household’s clean, more energy efficient future. https://www.energy.gov/save

New Challenges to the Power System

Power system operators are facing new challenges when it comes to providing a reliable, resilient supply of electricity. The issues include more frequent extreme weather events, the introduction of new generation technologies, cybersecurity threats, and a power-consuming public placing more demands on the grid. Power Magazine - June 2023

TVA releases After Action Report review of 2022 Winter Storm Eliot event

On December 23-24, 2022, Tennessee experienced a “once in a generation storm” in Winter Storm Elliott, which caused a dramatic increase in power demand and reduced availability, according to TVA. On December 23, 2022, TVA experienced the highest winter peak electricity demand in TVA history and the most energy delivered over a 24-hour period. Several local power companies implemented temporary rolling blackouts to comply with TVA’s request. For the 2-page fact sheet on the After-Action Report.

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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Office of Sustainable Practices

(615) 253-8780

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Tennessee Green Star Partnership

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