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The Office of Sustainable Practices was created to advance a culture of sustainability across the department, state government and with our various partners through an action-based approach. Conserving resources and using energy wisely makes sense on a basic level: it saves money and positively impacts our health and environment today and for future generations. Department-wide efforts promoting energy efficiency, sustainable business practices and voluntary environmental initiatives will be monitored and improved continuously. The Office of Sustainable Practices will provide critical work with local governments, businesses, and communities on real world issues, including energy efficiency, energy conservation and cost saving ideas that promote reuse and recycling while producing less pollution and lighter resource consumption.
TDEC’s new Office of Sustainable Practices will be organized to produce results in these key program areas:
The office will have the ability to engage innovative, talented people working in all parts of TDEC – in the Bureau of Environment, Administration, Parks and Conservation – to leverage opportunities for greater sustainability wherever it exists. No good idea or thoughtful suggestion should be off limits if it can deliver results. It will take a collective effort to continue protecting the environment while meeting our communities’ needs. Working together, we can promote sustainable practices in all walks life to make a better Tennessee for all of us.
As we move into the busy Christmas season, visiting family and friends is always an important part of any festivity. How we travel, where we stay, and what we eat are pieces of the pie (no pun intended!) that can be difficult to maneuver especially if one wants to be sustainable. This month’s articles are all about the holidays and how we get there, how we stay there, and how we play there, all in an environmentally responsible manner. So no matter how you accomplish the "hows" of the holidays, try and take the time to be a bit greener-it’s easy to do and can make a positive impact.
The Office of Sustainable Practices wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May it be filled with loving families, great friends, good food, and happy times. Enjoy!