Registration Now Open for Annual Banquet
The Green Certification Annual Banquet will be held on Tuesday, September 28th from noon to 1 p.m. The event will be virtual and there will be no cost to attend. In order to receive the event link and password you must register in advance. Please register at the link below.
The Banquet will include recognition of new and recertifying organizations along with the annual awards. We encourage organizations to consider hosting a viewing party lunch for staff so they can learn more about the Program and the organizations involved.
Household Hazardous Waste Day
The Green Certification Program held a green ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 5th to celebrate ArtLink joining the Program. ArtLink is the 138th organization to become Green Certified.
ArtLink is a local nonprofit that works to unite the community by igniting passion and inspiring creativity. The studio is located on Strawberry Alley and offers a wide range of workshops, such as candle making, macramé and painting, as well as classes, like mom-and tot time and dance fitness. In addition to inspiring the community, ArtLink also promotes reusing materials rather than throwing them away. It was this dedication to reuse and recycling that qualified ArtLink for certification. Reused materials include magazines, metals, cardboard, egg cartons, plates and more. Any object can be transformed.
Stephanie Belanger, ArtLink Board President, said “We are so excited to have our certification and continue to promote reusing materials. When visitors enter the studio, they have access to a wide variety of materials to use. Whether that is creating their own art or participating in one of the classes.” Stephanie also mentioned that in addition to reusing within ArtLink they also are willing to accept donated materials from community members.
To learn more about ArtLink visit them online at http://artlinkclarksville.com or stop by their studio at 116 Strawberry Alley Wednesday through Saturday.
2021 UPCYCLE Challenge Update
The 2021 UPCYCLE Challenge theme 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.
ArtLink, a local nonprofit, has invited anyone working on a project for the Challenge to use the studio work tables and Art Cart. The Art Cart is stocked full of all sorts of items, supplies and tools for you to use in creating your Challenge entry. The various items have been donated and meet the requirements of the Challenge. And the best part is it’s free! So if you are in need of some extra inspiration for your UPCYCLE Challenge Garden Décor entry be sure to grab some of your fellow employees and stop by ArtLink to work on your project. Additional details about ArtLink can be found online at https://www.artlinkclarksville.com/ and be watching for ArtLink’s Green Ribbon Cutting spotlight in an upcoming newsletter.
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.