On March 30, 2015 at the Annual Partner Recognition Luncheon, the Clean Air Partnership of Williamson and Rutherford Counties presented the prestigious Outstanding Clean Air Partner Awards to those businesses or organizations who have gone “above and beyond” in their commitment to environmental excellence.

TMA Group Board Chairman, Patrick Emery and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, presented Outstanding Partner Award to the following businesses/organizations:

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION IN TENNESSEE

The American Lung Association (ALA) is the oldest voluntary health organization in the US. The mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Their primary tool is advocacy. They work hard to influence public policy and uphold the Clean Air Act to ensure all Americans can have air that is safe and healthy to breathe. The American Lung Association has been leading the fight for healthy air for more than 20 years.

The ALA in TN is outstanding in their educational programs and partnership with local organizations, businesses and schools, bringing awareness about the importance of the clean air environment indoors, whether at work, school or home, as well as outdoor air quality. The ALA of TN is a champion in educating individuals about the health dangers of poor air quality, and its lasting impacts.

From tuberculosis to asthma, from tobacco control to clean indoor and outdoor air, the lung health successes achieved during the American Lung Association’s century of service have been gained only through the work of thousands of committed volunteers, dedicated staff and supporters.

CITY OF BRENTWOOD – MARCELLA VIVRETTE SMITH PARK AND THE RAVENSWOOD MANSION PROJECT

The City of Brentwood acquired 320 acres of the historic Ravenswood Farm property on Wilson Pike from the family of the late Marcella and Reese Smith for development as a park. The park, known as the Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, officially opened to the public on November 8, 2014 and is the largest park in Brentwood.

Preservation of the 320 acres of the historic property with the forested wildlife habitats in their natural state, includes the historic Ravenswood mansion built in 1825. When making improvements to the property and the house, it was very important to the City of Brentwood that energy saving and environmentally friendly features, that would be cost effect, be implemented. Several of these features include programmable automatic lighting controls that allow the lights to be turned on and off automatically based on the scheduled use; plumbing fixtures that meet the latest high efficiency low-use standards; programmable thermostats in the house as well as the pool house that allow for temperature control when property is in non-use; exterior lighting is kept to a minimum, incorporating highly efficient LED bulbs saving energy and reducing the long-term expense of operations; and natural plantings including native species and rain gardens and bioswales throughout the part increasing the natural sustainability of the park

Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cool Springs, the program also included keynote speaker, Sam Davidson, Co-Founder and CEO of Batch, a gift and subscription box company that delivers locally made goods to people all over the United States. After launching in Nashville in 2013, Batch now operates in Memphis, Charleston, and Austin and will be adding Atlanta later this year.

All Clean Air Partners were recognized for their participation with the Clean Air Partnerships of Williamson & Rutherford County this year.

Event sponsors were: Stites & Harbison, Southern Exposure Magazine, Vanderbilt Medical Center and The Williamson Herald.

The Clean Air Partnership of Williamson and Rutherford Counties is a public outreach initiative of The TMA Group that coordinates the Air Alert Day program and educates all citizens about making environmentally-aware choices, the effects of air pollution, as well as promoting the use of alternate modes of transportation. To date, 125 Clean Air Partners with over 17,000 employees are participating. Partners notify employees of Air Alert Days, and distribute materials about commute alternatives such as carpooling, vanpooling and mass transit options.

To find out more information about the Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County, contact The TMA Group at (615) 628-0254. The TMA Group is a public-private partnership committed to providing environmentally friendly, affordable, reliable, and safe mobility options for Middle Tennesseans.

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