Clarksville Montgomery County Green Certification Program (CMCGCP)
Montgomery County, TN – The Clarksville Montgomery County Green Certification Program (CMCGCP) held a green ribbon cutting on Monday, September 24th, 2018 for the newest certified organization, Waterdogs Scuba and Safety.
The ceremony was attended by Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Melinda Shepard of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, David Graham Director of Bi-County Solid Waste, CMCGCP Steering Committee member Rose Melton (Altra Federal Credit Union), CMCGCP Steering Committee member Doug Jones (Montgomery County), and CMCGCP Manager Carlye Sommers.Waterdogs Scuba and Safety is passionate about the environment and sees firsthand the results of pollution in our waterways. That was what originally led them to the Green Certification Program. Once they got started in the Program, they identified new ways to help the environment and save on their utility costs.
Co-owner Rich Holladay explained, “We requested a free energy audit from CDE and they showed us how LED lighting could help reduce our energy use. We changed the lighting in early 2018 and saw a $200.00 a month savings during the summer months.”
They have also reduced the amount of waste going to Bi-County landfill by recycling cardboard and switching to electronic forms.
Mayor McMillan asked if anyone had taken home the green practices they learned at work and Glenda Stout, wife of co-owner Cecil Stout, said the lights in their home are now all LEDs. She said at first, she was skeptical of the savings, but said they have seen the same results at home that they had at work.
In addition to the staff’s work at the office, they are also environment stewards while on dive trips. They belong to Project Aware, a conservation effort that encourages scuba divers to protect underwater environments.
They also participate in Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris program where they collect and log debris they find. By collecting and sharing the data, it allows Project Aware to track and study how long it takes for the debris to return.
Waterdogs Scuba and Safety is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center that thrives on quality service, safety and fun. Established in 2013, the staff has over 100 years of combined experience. They offer instruction for all levels of scuba experience from newcomers to advanced technical divers and professional dive trainers. They even have youth courses for children as young as 8.
For more information on Waterdogs Scuba and Safety visit them online at www.waterdogs-scuba.com or in person at 681 North Spring Street.
You can also find information about the Program and the over 115 Green Certified businesses at www.mcgtn.org/green