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Green Certification Program Awards Banquet

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2018 Green Certification Banquet Recap

The Clarksville Montgomery County Green Certification Program held its 7th Annual Green Certification Banquet on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The fun filled evening included speakers, awards and an upcycle challenge. Over 160 attendees from local organizations and businesses attended the event.

The evening began with welcoming remarks from Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Montgomery County Commissioner John Gannon. Both expressed their support for the Green Certification Program and thanked all of the organizations in attendance for their dedication to the environment and the Clarksville community.

Following a buffet dinner, the winners of the Ultimate UPCYCLE Challenge were announced. To compete in the challenge, local organizations created objects made entirely from reused or recycled materials. No new materials were allowed. First Choice Moving and Storage with its upcycled bench won the grand prize of a $50 Walmart gift card. The bench was made from pieces of a twin bed and scrap wood flooring and decorated with magazine cut-outs. The second place prize, a $30 Walmart gift card, was awarded to Red Knight Distribution for its entry way table which was created from reused wood from damaged furniture. Finally, receiving the third place prize, a $20 Walmart gift card, was Mainstream Heating and Cooling for its vase made from reused copper pipe and wire.

There were two speakers for the evening. The first was Sara Cox, the Healthy Development Coordinator for the State of Tennessee Department of Health. Ms. Cox spoke on the importance of sustainability as it relates to personal and community health. The second speaker was Rebeckah Dopp of ERS. Ms. Dopp gave an update on the e-waste recycling facility ERS is opening in middle Tennessee. The facility will accept electronic devices for recycling and will employ adults with autism.

Red Knight Distribution presented a short film showcasing how they recycle Styrofoam in their facility. The Styrofoam is processed through a densifying machine that melts the Styrofoam down into compact rolls that are sold to a third party. The densifying machine has kept over 12,000 cubic feet of Styrofoam out of the Bi-County Landfill. The film was produced by Patrick Jimenez and Chase Buettner who are students at Austin Peay State University (APSU).

Following the presentations, four organizations were recognized for becoming Green Certified in 2018. They were Nashville State Community College, The Griffis Team of Exit Realty Screamin’ Eagle, Heritage Bank and Waterdogs Scuba and Safety.  

Also recognized were 33 organizations that completed recertification during 2018.  They are: 5 Star Radio Group, Action Air, APSU, Avanti, Bridgestone Metalpha, Budweiser of Clarksville, CEMC, Chartwells Catering, Clarksville Academy, Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Pediatric Dentistry, City of Clarksville Building and Codes, City of Clarksville City Hall, City of Clarksville Fleet Maintenance Division, City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation, City of Clarksville Police Department, City of Clarksville Streets Department, City of Clarksville Transit System, Daymar College, F&M Bank, First Choice Moving and Storage, Florim, Fortera Credit Union, Montgomery County Elections Commission, Montgomery County Facilities, Montgomery County Health Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Multi-Color Corporation, Nyrstar, Screaming Eagle Express Car Wash, SRS Distribution, Tennova Healthcare and West Creek Elementary.

New for 2018, the Green Certification Program began a level system that allows organizations to level-up by becoming more sustainable. The following organizations were recognized for achieving silver level during 2018: APSU, Florim, Montgomery County Court Complex, Multi-Color Corporation and West Creek Elementary School. The following organizations were recognized for achieving gold level during 2018: Avanti, City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation, City of Clarksville Police Department, Mainstream Heating and Cooling and Red Knight Distribution.

The 2018 Green Certification Excellence Awards were also presented during the banquet. The excellence awards, which were given to organizations that demonstrated outstanding efforts, went to:

  • City of Clarksville Transit System for outstanding efforts in air quality
  • Trane for outstanding efforts in employee engagement and education
  • City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department for outstanding efforts in land use
  • Multi-Color Corporation for outstanding efforts in recycling
  • Screaming Eagle Express Car Wash for outstanding efforts in resource conservation
  • Akebono Brake Company for outstanding efforts in reuse and reduction
  • Avanti for outstanding efforts in water quality

The 2018 Best Overall Small Organization award was presented to The Griffis Team of Exit Realty Screaming Eagle. The Griffis Team was newly certified in 2018 and demonstrated a strong commitment to recycling in their office.

The 2018 Best Overall Large Organization award was presented to Multi-Color Corporation for its recycling efforts which have recovered over 4.1 million pounds of solvent from its production which can be reused or sold.

The final award of the night, the Ron Smithfield award, was presented to Tim Swaw. This award is given to an individual that has shown dedication and commitment to sustainability and the Green Certification Program.