Pop star and actor Justin Timberlake won one of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Environmental Stewardship Awards Monday for building an environmentally friendly golf course near Memphis.
Timberlake was one of 14 winners of the 25th annual awards, which recognize exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law. Thirty-six professionals from various public and private organizations judged more than 100 nominations to determine the award recipients.
“This year’s roster of honorees demonstrates that environmental stewardship is thriving in our local communities — from universities to golf courses to the hospitality industry. I am pleased to support a program that recognizes leadership that positively impacts the environment,” Haslam said.
Timberlake, a native of Millington, Tenn., near Memphis, is one of the owners of Mirimichi Golf Course, the first in the United States to be certified by the Audubon International Classic Sanctuary program. According to the award announcement, the golf course features native grass areas and natural waste bunkers. State-of-the-art irrigation and underground drainage systems maximize the efficiency of water use and reduce soil erosion. Grassy buffer zones, wetlands areas and aquatic water plants all provide filtration to keep state waterways clean, the announcement said.
Also among the award winners was the new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga for collecting rainwater to supplement water use, and converting gas from an existing landfill into electricity.