Council Also Honors Warner Bass and Mack Prichard for Outstanding Commitment to Environmental  Issues in 2010
Alan Sparkman (black jacket), and John McFadden (blue jacket) on TCA´s campus.  Sparkman notes that the pervious pavement, rain garden, bioswale and other campus features helps retain most roof drainage on site).   

December 13, 2010, Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Environmental Council presented the 2010 Tennessee Sustainability Award to Alan Sparkman, Executive Director of the Tennessee Concrete Association, at a ceremony held on December 7.  Sparkman was recognized for the commitment of Tennessee Concrete Association to plant 100,000 trees as part of the Council’s Tennessee Tree Project as well as for his inspiring commitment to showcasing the role concrete plays in building environmentally sound projects.  

Sparkman announced Tennessee Concrete Association’s goal of planting 100,000 trees in February 2010, saying, “TCA members strive to be good citizens in their local communities and an important part of citizenship is stewardship of our natural resources. Trees offer many environmental and economic benefits and trees are an integral part of great, livable communities. The Tennessee Tree Project provides TCA members with another venue to help make their local communities even better places to live.”  A single tree can provide over $100,000 of value including oxygen, air pollution control and storm water drainage, so TCA’s commitment of 100,000 trees could provide more than 10 billion dollars of benefits to our state over a 50-year period.

Sparkman was also recognized for his longstanding and broad range commitment to the environment.  Among his many credentials and certifications, Sparkman has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification – an internationally recognized green building certification program.  Sparkman has engaged in a variety of activities to highlight how concrete can be used to benefit the environment.  In 2004 he organized a cross-country fundraiser, “Count on Concrete Bike Ride – Building Access for All Americans” which raised money & awareness for greenway & trails projects including the White’s Creek Greenway in Tennessee.  Alan received the prestigious Kodak American Greenways Awards in 2004 for this effort.  Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA) is a Partner in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3) and winner of Concrete Construction magazine’s GreenSite Award – Commercial category for TCA’s campus site development. 

The Tennessee Environmental Council also honored two of Tennessee’s foremost environmentalists earlier in the year.  E. Warner Bass received the 2010 Tennessee Tree Project Award for his contributions to preserving and protecting the tree canopy in Tennessee.  Mack Prichard, Tennessee’s State Naturalist Emeritus and State Archaeologist Emeritus, was awarded the Forever Green Tennessee Award for his lifelong efforts to protect and preserve Tennessee’s greatest natural treasures.  Both men have made significant contributions to the state.

The men were honored at two separate events hosted by Tennessee Environmental Council earlier this year. The Green Tie Affair, held in April at Limelight in downtown Nashville, is the Council’s largest fundraiser and an annual gala.  This year the event featured the presentation of the Tennessee Tree Project Award, which recognizes an individual or group who makes an outstanding and significant contribution to planting or protecting/conserving the tree canopy in Tennessee.  The award was fittingly presented for the first time to E. Warner Bass.  Bass is a member and former managing partner of the law firm Bass, Berry, and Sims PLC.  He is also founding member, former president, and current Capital Campaign Chairman of the Friends of Warner Parks.  Mr. Bass led the initiative to purchase two parcels of land for the parks.  The purchase will add 448 acres to the park including an old growth forest of trees over 200 years old. 

The Council presented the Forever Green Tennessee Award to Mack Prichard at a special event in his honor and celebration of the Lands of a Forever Green Tennessee in May 2010.  From the age of 16 – when he was seasonal naturalist at Shelby Forest State Park – Prichard has worked tirelessly to protect Tennessee treasures including Radnor Lake and the South Cumberland State Recreation area.  Prichard is a founding member of 30 conservation organizations in Tennessee.  He has traveled over a million miles across Tennessee speaking to over 2,500 audiences about the need for conservation and sharing his love of nature. Prichard was Tennessee’s first state naturalist.  He has also served as State Archaeologist, Park Naturalist and Natural Areas Administrator.  Most recently Prichard has been advocating for the Forever Green Tennessee initiative – restoring the real estate transfer fund.  This is a dedicated fund which helps conserve land for parks, wildlife areas, greenways, cleaner water, and to preserve the natural beauty of Tennessee.  These funds were successfully restored in the State budget on June 5, 2010.