2021 Recertification Requirements

If your organization is due for recertification this year, please return all materials no later than August 1st. Virtual recertification workshops will be held from 8-9 a.m. on May 11, May 18 and May 25. Registration information will be provided in April. All workshops will also be posted on YouTube.

Click here for the 2021 recertification criteria

Welcome J. Clark Architecture & Design

On Tuesday, April 27th the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program held a green ribbon cutting to welcome J. Clark Architecture & Design as the newest member of the Program.

Jon Clark, owner of J. Clark Architecture & Design, is proud to be the newest member of the Program. His staff of three have worked diligently to reduce the amount of paper waste in the office. In early 2020, the office was averaging over 650 copies per month but by February of 2021 that number was down to under 100. Mr. Clark credits the reduction to a greater reliance on technology for sharing files with clients. By encouraging clients to have pdf copies rather than printed copies the office reduced paper waste and saved on printing costs. The office also recently added new LED lights, an upgrade that netted an immediate energy bill savings of almost $50 per month. The LEDs use an advanced technology that monitors the amount of sunlight being received in the room so they can dim accordingly which results in less energy used.

In addition to the work Mr. Clark and his staff are doing within the office, they also work with clients during a projects’ design phase by making recommendations that promote sustainability. Jon said “It’s nice to be able to add in new design features that reduce utility use and promote a better environment for the community”.

J. Clark Architecture & Design provides professional architectural and engineering solutions for a wide array of projects to include residential, commercial, government and other specialties. They are located at 55 North First Street in downtown Clarksville and you can learn more about them by calling (931) 552-3860 or visiting them online at http://www.jclarkarchitecture.com/.

Alexis Goines Allstate Insurance Joins Program

Alexis Goines’ Allstate Insurance office is the 133rd organization in Montgomery County to become Green Certified. Alexis Goines is an avid recycler at home and upon opening her Allstate office in 2017 she wanted to continue her sustainability practices at work. In addition to her in office recycling, she and her staff work to conserve energy and keep paper use to a minimum. The office is single-use paper, plastic and Styrofoam free with employees utilizing reusable cups, utensils and plates. At the ceremony Alexis said she was excited to be part of the Program and that “reducing waste in the office was something I really wanted to focus on. Since I recycle at home that was something I wanted to carry through into the office. This is something my team has really gotten involved in as well. We are happy to be doing something to help the community.”

In addition to earning Certification, Alexis Goines’ Allstate Insurance obtained the Program’s SILVER level. The Program allows organizations to obtain bronze through platinum level certification based upon its sustainability practices. Reaching silver during the certification process is a great achievement and demonstrates the organization’s commitment to sustainability.

2021 UPCYCLE Challenge Theme Announced

The Program is excited to announce that the theme for the 2021 UPCYCLE Challenge will be Garden Decor. Your UPCYCLE entry will need to transform a discarded or recycled object(s) into a bird feeder, gnome, signage, lighting, seating, wind chime, planter, etc. All entries will be due the day of the 2021 Green Certification Banquet. The Banquet is currently planned for September 2021 but don't delay start planning your UPCYCLE entry today.

As a reminder, each year the Program will hold the UPCYCLE Challenge which is open to any Green Certificated organization. Entries need to be constructed completely of recycled and reused items. Judging takes place at the annual Green Certification Banquet. The winner of the UPCYCLE Challenge will receive the UPCYCLE Trophy to display for the entire year.

Click here for rules and the entry form.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Sustainability Report

Check out the 2017 Clarksville-Montgomery County Sustainability Report to see what environmental efforts have been accomplished so far, some of the future goals, and what can be done at the residential level. The topics of air quality, energy conservation and efficiency, stormwater management, water quality and waste reduction affect everyone who resides in Clarksville and Montgomery County. Work on the report began in fall 2014, when County Mayor Jim Durrett and City Mayor Kim McMillan agreed to have a Sustainability Task Force develop a Community Sustainability Report focused on areas that impact our local environment.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Named Gold Community

Clarksville-Montgomery County has been named a Valley Sustainable Gold Community by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Previously named a Silver community in 2015, the city-county recently completed a program reevaluation. Developed in partnership with TVA and Boyette Strategic Advisors (Boyette), TVA’s Valley Sustainable Communities program works with cities and counties throughout the region to help them develop a healthy environment, a thriving community and long-term economic prosperity. In order to achieve this advancement, the local committee initiated several improvements to already existing green practices as well as created a written sustainability plan for the community moving forward.

Spearheaded by a joint effort between the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board and the Montgomery County Green Certification program, the advancement from Silver to Gold in the Valley Sustainable Communities Program helps our community better document, and thus improve, existing sustainability programs.

To learn more about Valley Sustainabile Communities visit the TVA website