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Congratulations to Lily Barrie, who has been awarded the Bob Fletcher Memorial Scholarship!


This scholarship will provide funding for Lily to attend The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to study Political Science with a Minor in Environmental Studies.


For more information about the scholarship, please visit


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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in conjunction with the planning team for the Tennessee Sustainability Conference (TNSC), invite you to join us at the beautiful Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg for an opportunity of learning and networking while enjoying the natural seasonal beauty of the mountainous region.

Tennessee Mayors will gather for the 4th annual Mayor’s Retreat to gain resources, share in conversation, and collaborate for solutions. TDEC will provide information and updates on various programs including one of the most exciting new funding opportunities for communities, the Brownfields Redevelopment Area Grant (BRAG). The Mayor’s Retreat is complimentary for current Tennessee mayors and will be offered in-person or through a virtual portal on Thursday, August 22, 2024.

Registration is required and can be completed by clicking the button.

Please register through this link only.

Registration Draft Agenda: Wednesday 8/21/24 Travel – Bring the family as the hotel offers an indoor pool, restaurant, and bar. Minutes away from downtown shops/restaurants, Aquarium, Anakeesta, etc.

Option 1, 10:00 am: Golf at Gatlinburg Country Club. Charity event benefitting Bob Fletcher Memorial Environmental Scholarship ($125) Blog about Scholarship

Option 2, afternoon: optional field trip- details TBD (recycling)

Welcome Reception will follow afternoon events.

Thursday 8/22/24 (All Eastern Standard Time)

7:30am -8:30am Breakfast and networking

9:30am-12:00am Join TDEC Commissioner David Salyers and Deputy Commissioner Greg Young to learn more about topics of interest including the TDEC Brownfield Redevelopment Area Grant (BRAG) program, ARP updates, Recycling, etc.

12:00pm-1:20pm Lunch buffet with conference exhibitors

1:30pm-3:20pm Afternoon conference sessions

7:00pm-10:00pm Reception & Dinner networking event

The Mayor’s Retreat is hosted in conjunction with the Tennessee Sustainability Conference which will be held on August 20-23, 2024. Conference agenda (coming soon), golf and conference registration information can be found on the website TNSC (

For more information or questions, contact Jan Compton

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Come and be a part of the Inaugural Women's Environmental Leadership Summit on October 3rd and 4th at the Sonesta Hotel in Nashville, TN.

We are thrilled to announce that the TN Recycling Coalition, in partnership with Tennessee Women in Green, Wilmot Inc., The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Nobody Trashes Tennessee, along with other organizations, will be hosting the first-ever Women's Environmental Leadership Summit.


 The summit is designed to unite with leaders in sustainability, exchange transformative ideas, and cultivate your abilities as a leader. During the two-day event, participants will have the opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers, engage in environmental panel discussions, attend networking events, and take a tour. Please save the date for this inspiring event, which will take place at the prestigious Sonesta Hotel in

 Nashville, TN!



Stop by the ballroom at the TNSC conference for a pre-event on Wednesday, August 21st at 4:45 pm before the reception to receive a gift and save the date card for the Women's Environmental Leadership Summit.

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