Keep Tennessee Beautiful Executive Director Missy Marshall and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner (TDEC) David Salyers will be the keynote speakers at the 19th annual Tennessee Environmental Conference being held remotely on Oct. 26-27, 2021. The conference will also host a keynote presentation on Tennessee’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds which includes approximately $1 billion to be awarded in the form of non-competitive grants to communities for infrastructure projects as part of the Tennessee Water Infrastructure Investment Program.

The conference will include more than 50 presenters and exhibitors; presentations by prominent environmental and health leaders; regulatory updates by TDEC, the private sector and the Environmental Protection Agency; a new “Consultant’s Corner”; electric vehicle news; a preview of Eastman’s new molecular plastics recycling solutions and more. The Exhibitors Showcase will take place the afternoon of Oct. 26 featuring interactive options for attendees to learn more about each exhibitor’s products and services while qualifying for special prizes for participating. Attendees include business and industry leaders, attorneys, consultants, engineers, federal/state/local government officials, developers, landowners, architects, agribusiness leaders, energy experts, water planning districts, universities, public health officials, solid waste managers and recycling experts.

“We look forward to participating in this annual conference and sharing insights into the work of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “We are pleased to have leaders from various divisions of TDEC on the agenda for this event, and we are especially excited about participating in the first Consultant’s Corner opportunity for this year’s conference.”

The Tennessee Environmental Conference is the state’s most diverse and comprehensive educational opportunity and will be accessible from all locations with the virtual format this year. With the conference mission “To Protect Our Human Health and the Environment Through Smart Choices,” the virtual format “choice” was made to host the event with caution while protecting our loyal sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and attendees during these uncertain times.

For the fifth year, the conference will host a charity golf tournament benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport on Oct. 25. Conference registration is now open for participants, exhibitors and sponsors. The registration fee is $275, which includes full access to all sessions and the Consultant’s Corner. Register at:

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