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The Music City Center Received the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Building Green

The Music City Center Received the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Building Green

Organizations and Projects Honored for Achievements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the winners of the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards today. The 11 winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on June 25.

“The continued health of Tennessee’s air, land and water plays a critical role in keeping our communities strong and attractive for locating a business or raising a family,” Haslam said. “Recognizing the innovative efforts that help conserve and protect our natural resources is important, and today’s announcement shows that Tennesseans are committed to caring for our state in a way that affects today and future generations.”

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.  In its 27th year, the program covers nine categories: Building Green; Clean Air, Energy and Renewable Resources; Environmental Education and Outreach; Environmental Education and Outreach (school category); Land Use; Materials Management; Natural Heritage; and Sustainable Performance.

“The quality of our environment directly affects our quality of life, impacting how Tennesseans live, work and play,” added Martineau.  “It’s important that we pause to recognize the people and organizations that work so hard to protect our environment, while teaching others about sustainability.”

The 2013 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award winners are:

Category: Excellence in Building Green

Music City Center (Davidson County) – The Music City Center is not only Nashville’s new state-of-the-art convention center, it also can boast as being one of the city’s most environmentally friendly facilities.   At 2.1 million square feet, it is also one of Nashville’s largest buildings. Some of the major sustainable features of this $585 million facility include a 175,000-square-foot (approximately four acres) green roof, the largest in Tennessee; a 360,000-gallon rainwater collection tank; a 211 kilowatt solar panel system; and LED lighting throughout the building. The Music City Center’s innovative approach to stormwater capture and reuse will achieve a truly impressive 70 percent overall reduction in potable water use by the entire building. The high performance building envelope, coupled with its energy efficient lighting fixtures and controls and a high-efficiency HVAC system, results in a building that is 14 percent more energy efficient overall. The Music City Center is on track to become LEED-Silver certified, making it one of only 18 LEED-certified convention centers in the entire U.S.

To learn more about this award and see other category winners, please follow this link

http://news.tn.gov/node/10820