Awards Criteria


What significant environmental, economic, and/or community enhancements resulted from the project? Please include and document any quantifiable results.


Did the project utilize or contribute any new methods or information in protecting or enhancing the environment? What creative or untested elements were included in the project?


How does the scope of the project compare to the size and resources of the sponsoring organizations(s)? Does the project go beyond the current status quo?

Addressing Environmental Issues

How does this program/project or individual accomplishment address environmental issues and/or provide an environmental benefit to the state of Tennessee?


Describe how the program/project lends itself to replication by other organizations or individuals. Are any project activities or results being shared with others?

Education and Outreach

What education and/or outreach activities did the project involve? Does the project promote public awareness regarding environmental issues?

Exceptional Commitment

How does the project demonstrate an exceptional commitment from those involved in the effort?

Environmental Justice

Does the project demonstrate a commitment to the mitigation of unfair distribution of environmental risks and resources to low-income communities and/or communities of color?


Does this project involve a cooperative or collaborative effort between multiple entities or organizations (city/state government, industries, civic groups, schools, citizens, associations)? Were partnerships created or strengthened by the project?