Clarksville, TN – On January 25th, 2011, at 8:45am, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan held a press conference where she discussed the U.S. Conference of Mayors she attended last week in Washington, D.C.
Other important topics discussed were energy conservation and the new Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification program that is about to kick off. As well as the Civility Accord that was brought forward by the mayor of Tucson, Robert Walkup, in light of the recent shooting in his city.
The press conference was held at the Riverview Inn ballroom.
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan announced this morning that the City of Clarksville is in full support of the local Green Certification initiative and will take steps to attain the certification for the city.
“It is the right type of program at the right time,” McMillan said. “And I believe the people in our community appreciate their local businesses and government taking a proactive approach to caring for our environment.”
The Green Certification Program, which stemmed from a 2010 Leadership Clarksville project, is a local initiative supported by the city and county governments, and led by local businesses. It was designed to help businesses learn and implement best practices in the area of environmental stewardship in an effort to sustain natural resources and save on bottom-line energy costs.
The program consists of a series of workshops for businesses that show how to cut costs through energy conservation measures and how to be environmentally responsible through recycling.
Successful participants will be recognized by the city and county governments, and will be provided with a certification decal to their place in their business.
The initial step toward Green Certification for the city has already begun with implementation of a recycling program for all city departments. In the past, very few city offices had a paper recycling receptacle, and recycling efforts for aluminum cans, plastic bottles or cardboard was left to employees who would take the initiative to collect and properly dispose of the materials.
Last week, Mayor McMillan shared with department head that the city will be starting a recycling program and everyone was very enthusiastic. She informed them that Bi-County employees will be visiting their departments soon to do a waste audit in order to provide whatever is needed to collect their recyclables.
A resolution will come before the City Council for a vote on Feb. 3, that expresses the city’s support of the Green Certification program, as well as promote recycling at city facilities.
Additionally, the web address for the program, http://www.mcgtn.org/green , will be added to the city’s website as a link to more information about the green initiative.