Nashville, TN – Tennessee Environmental Council, www.tectn.org, will celebrate 41 years of educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities, and public health at the 21st annual Green Tie Affair on March 24, 2012 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. The event features a presentation of the 2012 Sustainable Tennessee Award to G. Dodd Galbreath, founding Executive Director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice.
“We are presenting this award to Dodd Galbreath because of his outstanding commitment to Sustainable Education in Tennessee,” said John McFadden Council Executive Director , “He is training our future leaders who are now working in Tennessee, across the United States and around the world.”
Galbreath is founding Executive Director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice and also serves as Assistant Professor. The Institute offer’s Tennessee’s first academic program in sustainability and has expanded through the years to include the following programs of study: Undergraduate Majors and Minors in Sustainable Practice, Conservation and Sustainable Ecology, and Environmental Management and Technology, Undergraduate Bridge to MS plan for Lipscomb undergraduate students, Certificate of Graduate Studies in Sustainability, New Dual Degree MBA/MS in Sustainability Degree, Master of Science in Sustainable Practice Degree, Green MBA program, as well as options for professionals who desire to only take a few classes
Under Galbreath’s leadership, Lipscomb has become a leading destination for student and business leaders interested in sustainability in Tennessee and from around the world with accomplishments including:
• Lipscomb was recognized as one of Middle Tennessee’s greenest companies by Nashville Post Magazine in 2010 and 2011
• The A.M. Burton Health Sciences Building, home of Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Institute for Sustainable Practice, received Gold-level LEED certification in spring 2009. At its completion in March 2008, the Burton Building was one of only a handful in Tennessee and one of only hundreds across the nation to achieve the LEED-NC Green Building Rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction).
• Several other facilities have gone green at Lipscomb including the James D. Hughes Center, Tennis Courts, Intermodal Facility, and The Village at Lipscomb
• Lipscomb launched the widely attended Sustainable Business Summit in 2007 (taking place March 26-27 at Lipscomb University). Some of the nation’s foremost sustainability experts have presented at this Summit.
• Lipscomb launched the Sustainable Business Leadership Awards in 2009.
• Lipscomb University was named the second university in the nation to affiliate with the Biomimicry Institute.
• Lipscomb has launched several other initiatives across campus including WeCar car sharing program, outdoor classroom, energy efficient LED Christmas lights, and many other campus Improvements including geothermal heating, tray free dining, organic food service, a solar golf cart and a proposed new community garden.
In addition to his leadership at Lipscomb University, Galbreath serves on the Metro Nashville Storm Water Management Board and has served on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Environmental Council, Kilowatt Ours, USGBC Middle TN Chapter, and as a Natural Resources Consultant at Cumberland Region Tomorrow.
While working for two governors, Galbreath led passage of laws to manage water transfers between southeastern rivers and to add transparency to in-state water uses. He also has unique expertise in state policy and planning for wetlands conservation and in environmental justice, and in the development of design standards for sustainable storm water systems.
Galbreath has been trained as one of “The Climate Project” volunteer presenters, giving the slide show developed by former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. He currently serves in two mayoral appointments for the City of Nashville in open space preservation and stormwater management.
Prior to Lipsbomb Galbreath served as Project Manager for the Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Director of Policy for Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and District Conservationist for USDA Soil Conservation Service.
The Green Tie Affair is a celebration of the Tennessee Environmental Council’s recent successes and will include the presentation of the 2012 Sustainable TN Award to Dodd Galbreath. The event takes place at Marathon Music Works in Nashville which is committed to Sustainability. The event features live music will be provided by Barry Sulkin & Jeff Poppin (The Barefoot Farmer). Green Tie Affair will also include a live and silent auction with offerings including a residential solar PV system valued at $14,400, a vacation retreat valued at $2,250, a gas efficient scooter and many other great items. Delicious local and organic appetizers will be served. Participants will have the opportunity to show off their environmentally friendly clothes (made from sustainable fabrics or purchased from a resale or consignment shop) at the “green carpet” welcome. Tickets for Green Tie Affair are available on the Council website www.tectn.org starting at just $35 each.