Eastman Among Recipients of Awards from Clean Fuels Coalition

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Monday, December 2, 2013 - 3:00pm

Eastman Chemical Co., the city of Kingsport and the Black Bear Solar Institute are all recipients of the 2013 Davy Crockett Volunteer Spirit Award, an accolade presented to alternative fuel leaders in the region by the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition.

All three benefited their communities by reducing petroleum consumption, improving air quality, and educating the public on the benefits of cleaner fuels, the coalition said in a written announcement of the awards.

Jonathan Overly, ETCleanFuels’ executive director, said “these three organizations have distinguished themselves over a period of years as courageous champions of alternative fuels in our region.” All three, he said, “thought strategically, engaged with experts, endeavored to lead where others have not, and gained regional and/or national recognition for their work and insight.”

Kingsport was recognized for its continuing support of alternative fuels and, in particular, its leadership as Tennessee’s largest, municipal propane fleet. The fleet includes the city’s police cruisers which operate on a bifuel propane system. Last year the city saved roughly $1 per gallon by using propane.

In addition to propane, the city has electric vehicles in its fleet and installed public electric charging stations for its citizens.

Eastman, a longtime supporter of alternative fuels and the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, was recognized for years of steady progress and a willingness to explore emerging technologies that have positioned the company as East Tennessee’s largest user of biodiesel. Eastman reported using more than 610,000 gallons of biodiesel blends in 2012 alone. In addition to regular fleet use, Eastman has the designation of being the only company in Tennessee to intentionally run its locomotives on this cleaner, more sustainable fuel.

Eastman also has incorporated electric and plug-in electric vehicles into its businesses, signaling a broad interest in transportation efficiencies and clean air solutions.

The Black Bear Solar Institute, located 1.5 miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, also demonstrated leadership in the region through its attention air quality on behalf of the wildlife and people of the area. For the benefit of visitors and residents, the institute has created a “Green Gateway to the Smokies” by operating 26 free, public electric vehicle chargers along the route entrance through Blount County, Tenn.

Additionally, the institute has repeatedly partnered with ETCleanFuels to work on electric vehicle projects in addition to collaborating on educational events in the community.

The institute also is undertaking the development of a new, sustainable bear rehabilitation facility in Townsend that will incorporate solar power and EV charging for vehicles. Through their efforts, they have made Townsend the densest EV charging city in the U.S. on a per capita basis.


Amanda Allman
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Keywords: Environment & Climate Change | Alternative Energy | Alternative Energy Initiatives | Biodiesel | Biofuel | Conservation | Sustainable Fuels | propane