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Green Certification Program Awards Banquet
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
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
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
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.
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.
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