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Charter Group Completes First Series of Green Workshops

The first group of local manufacturers, businesses and government representatives completed the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program (CMCGCP) workshops in late May. The group began its endeavor in March, 2011 and worked and learned together through a series of three workshops that lasted approximately four hours each.

Local Green Certification workshops were developed by the CMCGCP Work Committee, a group of environmental professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to support the community in this sustainability endeavor. The work committee includes representatives from Bridgestone Metalpha, Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. and Trane – representative of the companies that lead the CMCGCP along with Planters Bank.

“I just finished the Green Certification workshops, and I think that other manufacturers should be encouraged to apply for future workshops to learn sustainable practices around waste, energy, and water usage.” said Ron Smithfield, President of Smithfield Manufacturing.

County Mayor Carolyn Bowers expressed her support at the last workshop by thanking the group for leading the way in their commitment toward green practices.

Organizations that participate in the workshops will learn about the environmental issues that affect Clarksville and Montgomery County from local professionals who work in those areas as well as how they can save money on their bottom line and prepare for future mandates and changes that are expected

The CMCGCP program stemmed from a 2010 Leadership Clarksville Class with support from the City and County Mayors and leadership from the businesses mentioned above.

The next series of workshops for June through August is full but openings are available in the September through November. Please contact CMCGCP Manager, Michelle Newell for more information at or call 931-217-3332.

Caption: The charter group of businesses and local government departments recently completed the first workshop series of the Clarksville Montgomery County Green Certification Program.

Pictured from left to right are - Back Row - Troy Owens, Five Star Radio Group; Brad Butler, Clarksville Athletic Club; Tom Caldwell, CMCGCP Work Committee Member with Bridgestone Metalpha; Kevin Van Aken; Keller-Williams Realty; Tim Campbell, Bridgestone Metalpha; Joel Justice, Bridgestone Metalpha; Tim Swaw, Florim USA; Greg Haupt, Florim USA, Orville Sykes, City of Clarksville and Ron Smithfield, CEO Smithfield Manufacturing. Front Row - Joe Woodard, Montgomery County Government;  Jim Hyde, Clarksville Athletic Club; Katie Gambill, Five Star Radio Group; Mary Jackson, Planters Bank; Len Stolz, Aladdin Lighting Technologies; Jan Greene, Planters Bank; Monika Wilford, Bridgestone Metalpha; Kim Clarkson, Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union;  Lynn Stokes, City of Clarksville; Anne Stehle, Clarksville Pediatric Dentistry; Michelle Mann, City of Clarksville; Lee Castillo, Clarksville Foundry; and John Brooks, CMCGCP Work Committee Member with Bridgestone Metalpha. Not pictured - Lavon Bracey, City of Clarksville; Clint Camp, Montgomery County Government; Larry Carpenter, CMCGCP Work Committee Member with Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C.; Eric Sims, CMCGCP Work Committee Member with Trane; and Charlie Foust, Clarksville Foundry.