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9:10 a.m. August 16, 2013
Two-day sustainability summit to be held in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative, a program of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the City of Knoxville to host a free, two-day sustainability summit in Knoxville on August 21 and 22.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3rd Annual Southeast Sustainability Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair in Downtown Knoxville at 525 Henley Street. The first day begins with a networking breakfast, continues with two tracks of programming and concludes with a reception. The second day includes two program tracks and networking opportunities and ends with a tour of sustainability sites across the city. A full agenda and registration details can be found at

“In-depth educational programming—like this summit—is critical to encouraging and enabling leaders to advance energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Robert Martineau, commissioner of TDEC. “Sharing industry insights and best practices opens the door to the future of sustainable communities in Tennessee.”

Presentations and discussions will focus on energy efficiency upgrades, changing behaviors in the workplace, sustainable transportation and information on energy conservation bonds. Industry experts will share case studies and provide insights and practical knowledge needed for attendees to envision and execute their own energy efficiency projects.

Keynote presenters include John Knott, Jr., founder and CEO of CityCraft Ventures; Kateri Callahan, president and director of The Alliance to Save Energy; and LeeAnn Head, vice president of research and insight at Shelton Group.

The Tennessee Energy Education Initiative was created through a public-private partnership led by the TDEC Office of Energy Programs. It provides in-depth training and educational tools to businesses, public officials and communities to support the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management projects.

Funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act through the U.S. Department of Energy and TDEC Office of Energy Programs, the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative is coordinated by Pathway Lending and supported by energy-focused organizations statewide.

Information on the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative and related events is available at or through Pathway Lending at (615) 425-7171.

Published August 16, 2013

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