Mayor Karl Dean was one of four honorees to receive national recognition in Washington D.C. Thursday evening for outstanding achievement in greenways and open space preservation.
The conservation honor was courtesy of the 22nd annual Kodak American Greenways Awards, which took place Thursday evening at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington.
Other recipients of the award are U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the Potomac Conservancy.
“I am particularly pleased to present Mayor Karl Dean with an award for his imaginative leadership to drive the Nashville regional economy by identifying and conserving an expanded network of linked green spaces,” Conservation Fund President and CEO Larry Selzer said in a statement.
“From the smallest pocket park to intact forests, the creation and utilization of new riverside greenways and trails will bring outdoor recreation closer to home for residents of Davidson County,” he said.
Dean, who in 2009 appointed a Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, launched an open space plan earlier this year to try to conserve land that could otherwise be developed.
“Our investments in open space and greenways are all about making Nashville a healthy and vital city,” Dean said.
Established in 1989 by Eastman Kodak Company, National Geographic Society and The Conservation Fund, the Kodak American Greenways Program seeks to honor leading individuals, organizations and corporations “whose ingenuity and creativity have made a significant contribution to creating a national network of open space, trails and greenways,” according to a press release.