Green Certification Program Awards Banquet
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The Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program celebrated another successful year on October 17, 2017 at the 6th Annual Green Certification Banquet. Approximately 150 guests from local organizations and leaders from the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County attended the event.
The evening began with welcoming remarks from Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Montgomery County Chief of Staff Jeff Truitt. Both expressed their appreciation for the work the Green Certified organizations have done to preserve the beauty and livability of our area.
George Gallardo, of Maintenance Engineering, gave a short presentation highlighting the Clarksville-Montgomery County (CMC) Sustainability Report. The report lists present accomplishments and future goals in the areas of air quality, education, energy conservation and efficiency, stormwater management, water quality and conservation and waste reduction.
Laura Prange, of Austin Peay State University (APSU), announced that Clarksville-Montgomery County has been designated a Valley Sustainable Gold Community by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Clarksville-Montgomery County received silver level certification in 2015 and since that time, achieving gold has been the focus of the CMC Sustainability Task Force. The creation of the Sustainability Report, along with continued resource conservation and waste reduction by the city and county as well as local organizations, led directly to the gold level status achievement. The Clarksville-Montgomery County area joins just eight other Tennessee communities that have achieved gold level status.
Dr. Dwayne Estes, of APSU, gave the final presentation of the evening on native grassland restoration and work currently taking place at Dunbar Cave.
Following the presentations, Daryl Pater, of Mainstream Heating and Cooling, recognized the five new organizations that received their green certification in 2017. They included Customs House Museum; Immaculate Conception School; Mann, Smith and Cummings Insurance; Progressive Directions, Inc. and Workforce Essentials.
Pater recognized an additional 21 organizations for completing recertification during 2017. Organizations that originally became Green Certified in 2013 and have now received their second recertification included Agero, CDE, DBS & Associates, Jostens, Legends Bank, Mainstream Heating and Cooling, Queen City Disposal, Red Knight Distribution, Stone, Rudolph & Henry CPA’s and Trane.
Organizations that originally became Green Certified in 2015 and that have received their first recertification included Altra Federal Credit Union, Appleton Harley-Davidson, Clarksville Gas & Water, Clarksville Montgomery County Library, Montgomery County Courthouse, Quality Inn and Riverview Inn.
Organizations that demonstrated outstanding efforts in 2017 were also recognized. The award for Outstanding Efforts in Reducing, Reusing and Recycling was presented to Progressive Directions, Inc. for their reduction of waste entering the Bi-County Solid Waste Management Landfill. Montgomery County received the Outstanding Efforts in Energy Efficiency Award for completing a large-scale lighting retrofit and upgrading HVAC systems. Lastly, the Outstanding Efforts in Air Quality Award was presented to Clarksville-Montgomery County School System for the addition of 15 propane buses to their fleet, which has reduced the amount of nitrogen oxide entering the local air.
Red Knight Distribution was the recipient of the Best Overall Green Business Award for 2017 for their continued sustainability efforts. Since joining the Green Certification Program in 2013, Red Knight has improved its energy efficiency, optimized its pick-up and delivery system, increased its recycling and switched from hard copy prints to electronic copies. Over the past year, Red Knight Distribution has kept over 12,000 cubic feet of Styrofoam out of the Bi-County Landfill by purchasing and using a machine called a Styrofoam Densifier. This machine not only reduced the amount of waste generated by Red Knight Distribution, it also reduced the number of trips made to the landfill, which reduced emissions and fuel consumption.
The Ron Smithfield Award, given to an individual that has shown great dedication to green practices and sustainability, was the final award of the evening. The award was presented to Michelle Newell, who served as the Green Certification Program Manager for five years before becoming the Montgomery County Public Information Officer in June. As Program Manager, Newell certified 108 local organizations and was instrumental in the creation of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Sustainability Report.