CMC Green Certification Program
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.
Welcome Nashville State Community College to the Green Certification Program
Nashville State Community College is the latest organization to join the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program (CMCGCP). To celebrate their success a green ribbon cutting was held Monday, January 22.
Nashville State campus director Kathleen Akers led the certification efforts but said her cohesive staff helped to make the certification a reality. Over the past year, Akers and her staff increased their recycling efforts and significantly reduced their paper waste and energy use. Akers explained, “The parking lot was over lit at night so we were able to save a significant amount of electricity by only turning on half of the lights in the lot each evening.” The college has also seen a drastic reduction in white paper waste after a new printing policy was established. Prior to last year, there was no limit on student printing which resulted in lots of wasted paper. To combat the waste, Nashville State gave each student a $15 account credit and removed all paper from the community printers. In order to print, students must supply their own paper. The change has resulted in less paper being purchased, less waste being produced and a big money savings for the college.
Following the ceremony, Campus Coordinator Larry Coppins led the attendees a short tour of the Nashville State campus. During the tour, Coppins highlighted the state of the art biology lab and explained that the college continues to experience growth and is considering onsite expansion in the future.
Nashville State is a comprehensive, regionally accredited, two-year college with six campus locations in middle Tennessee. The Clarksville campus is located at 1760 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. The college offers over 80 programs to prepare students for work or transfer to a four-year university. For more information on Nashville State, visit www.nsccc.edu.
Pictured left to right: Rose Melton, Carlye Sommers, Melinda Shepard, Mayor Jim Durrett, John Woodman, Mayor Kim McMillan, Jessica Mallicoate, Kathleen Akers, Sharley Ross, Vicki McCovery, Megan Goosetree, Reggie Mclain, Larry Coppins, Jeff Truitt, Stephen James
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.