The Tennessee Energy Education group is a partnership between University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee State University Extension, and other state partners (for which you will find information below). The main goal of this group is to provide the citizens of Tennessee with up-to-date, non-biased information on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This site also serves as a portal of information for our Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources/ Community Economic Development, and 4-H Youth Development County Extension Agents in all 95 counties across the State. If interested in more information, please contact the Extension Agent in your county.
UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work. Because Extension emphasizes helping people improve their livelihood where they are located, most Tennesseans have contact with UT Extension through their local county Extension agents found in each of the 95 counties. Extension agents are supported by area and state faculty as well as by the educational and research resources and activities of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 74 land-grant universities, and 3,150 county units throughout the nation. The stated mission of the system is to help people improve their lives through an ed
Cooperative Extension is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. The Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program mission is to help educate and provide information to limited resource urban and rural individuals, families, small farmers and other groups.
Tennessee is a designated EPSCoR state. EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is a program administered by the National Science Foundation to assist states in boosting the level of research funding provided by NSF. The Tennessee State EPSCoR Committee, created in Tennessee in April 2003, was established by the Tennessee public higher education system, Vanderbilt University and administrative and legislative branches of State government to capitalize on this opportunity. This committee is charged with defining the process for identifying and focusing investments on specific research areas to improve research competitiveness across Tennessee and the United States. In addition, the committee is charged with making recommendations and programs to increase the research and research competitiveness across Tennessee. Major goals of the committee include: •Increase collaboration between universities and the State of Tennessee •Improve the educational science and technology learning •Increase educational opportunities of under-represented groups
The 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm is one of the largest solar-generating facilities in the Southeast. It serves to educate the general public about solar energy, including the past, present and future of solar within the state. The Solar Farm is encouraging renewable energy interest and investments across Tennessee and throughout the region, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy generation, and creating jobs. More than 25 acres contain a solar array of approximately 21,000 fixed tilt, ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels. The generated electricity is distributed through purchase agreements with local utility Chickasaw Electric Cooperative and Tennessee Valley Authority.
TDEC exists to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Tennessee and to be stewards of our natural environment. Environment and Conservation is committed to protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s air, land and water. Department programs and initiatives protect human health and the environment and support economic development and quality of life through education, outreach and effective enforcement of state and federal environmental laws. We are also proud to manage the award-winning Tennessee State Parks system — with 54 state parks hosting more than 25 million visits each year.