2015 Tennessee Environmental Conference Highlights Innovation and Collaboration


KINGSPORT ‚¬ The 14th annual Tennessee Environmental Conference gets underway at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and continuing Wednesday, March 18 at MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center with a number of sessions on key topics in public health, the environment, economic development, industry and energy.

This conference provides an exceptional venue for networking and collaboration, said Mark Braswell, planning committee chairman and Regional External Affairs Director with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. By offering a series of diverse topics and discussions, conference participants are encouraged to engage with one another and strengthen the already solid foundation of stakeholders.

David A. Golden, Eastman senior vice president and Chief Legal Officer will open the event by discussing how, as a society, we must better understand the ocean in order to predict, manage and adapt to future changes.

Eastmans innovative spirit and commitment to environmental stewardship are driving an exciting collaboration between the company and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the world leader in ocean science and exploration.

The ocean is complex and difficult to understand, said Golden. Engaging some of Eastmans brightest minds with the worlds leading ocean scientists is a great example of a public and private partnership that has unlimited potential.

The Conference will also include keynotes from Adetokunbo Toks Omishakin, Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Heather McTeer Toney, Region IV Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to the four traditional tracks of health, environment, economic development and industry-energy, conference participants are invited to join experts from Eastmans Environmental Affairs team on a guided bus tour of the companys Tennessee Operations. Eastman is committed to all aspects of sustainability and environmental stewardship as a top priority.‚  The tour will focus on how Eastman operates and how the company has improved water quality in the Holston River, what it is doing to preserve natural resources, and innovative Eastman solutions to waste management.

The annual Tennessee Environmental Conference is the result of a partnership between the Department of Health, Keep America Beautiful affiliates (Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Keep Greene Beautiful, Keep Johnson City Beautiful and Keep Bristol Beautiful), East Tennessee State Universitys College of Public and Allied Health, the City of Kingsport, Eastman Chemical Company, the First Tennessee Development District and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Walk-up registrations are available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. For more information about the conference, including a complete conference schedule, please visit www.TNenvironment.com.