Policy and Planning Office

The Office of Policy and Planning was created to enhance TDEC's capacity to conduct short and long term environmental policy research and analysis, implement strategic planning initiatives and perform Title VI and Environmental Justice functions that are necessary to fulfill the Department's mission. The Policy Office works collaboratively within the Department and with other state Departments to implement strategic initiatives and identify innovative, cost effective opportunities for state government to enhance the quality of life for Tennessee citizens and natural environments. The Policy Office also works to engage federal, state and local government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations and the academic and business community to exchange views on matters relevant to environmental policy.

Program Areas


  • Environmental Policy

    The Policy Office assists with issues and challenges relating to safeguarding human health, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and managing an award-winning state park system by providing option alternatives and policy recommendations.

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  • National Environmental Policy Act

    The Policy Office coordinates with Divisions within the Bureaus of Environment and Parks and Conservation to respond to requests for review and comment on NEPA documents for proposed projects within Tennessee that trigger requirements pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

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  • Strategic Planning

    The Policy Office coordinates TDEC's Customer Focused Government (CFG) and accountability performance planning process.

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  • Title VI & Environmental Justice

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Environmental Justice is based on the principle that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and have the right to a clean and healthy environment.

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  • Clean Power Plan

    This webpage has been created by TDEC to provide resources to help inform Tennesseans about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and Tennessee’s approach to stakeholder outreach and plan development for Clean Power Plan compliance. 

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  • Environmental Consultation Requests

    This webpage has been created by TDEC to help inform Tennesseans about environmental consultation requests.

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