Dickson’s Tennsco Corporation has received the state’s 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in the energy and renewable resources category after introducing multiple initiatives to save energy, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Tennsco, which produces metal storage and filing products, is the largest manufacturing company in the county. In 2018, the over 700-person company added additional solar cells to three of their eight facilities.
“In its first full month of production the solar system displaced over 112 MWh (Watt-hours) of electricity, thus saving 67,773 kg of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere every month,” according to the release. “This is equal to powering 111.5 average households per year.”
The company, which has facilities spanning 1.6 million square feet, also converted over 180 trucks from propane to electric, installed motion detection lights and transitioned to just one air compressor instead of two.
Another recent initiative is the “Power to Peddle” program, which provides bikes to staff and offsets vehicle travel throughout the company’s compound.
“They strive to be good corporate citizens and an important aspect of that commitment is finding ways to reduce the site’s carbon footprint,” according to the state’s release.
There are nine categories for the governor’s award, including clean air, land use and education. The winners, which were announced July 1, will be formally recognized at an award ceremony in Franklin on Aug. 1.
“The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation,” according to the release.