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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Parks & Recreation earns three Green Certification awards


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department was the big winner Tuesday as the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program bestowed its annual awards during an online event celebrating environmental stewardship. 

Parks & Recreation claimed the Outstanding Efforts in Land Use Award, the Best Overall Small Organization Award and an award for achieving Platinum Level in the program.

Overall, this year’s awards included eight Excellence Awards, two Best Overall Organization Awards, 16 Level-Up Awards and the Ron Smithfield Persistence Award.

The 2020 award recipients were:

Excellence Awards:

Outstanding Efforts in Air Quality – Clarksville Transit System.

Outstanding Efforts in Engagement & Education – Clarksville Gas & Water.

Outstanding Efforts in Land Use – City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation.

Outstanding Efforts in Recycling – Moore Magnet Elementary School.

Outstanding Efforts in Reduction – Red Knight Distribution.

Outstanding Efforts in Resource Conservation – Customs House Museum.

Outstanding Efforts in Reuse – Montgomery County Election Commission.

Outstanding Efforts in Water Quality – Action Air.

Best Overall Organization Awards:

Small Organization (fewer than 100 employees) – City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation.

Large Organization (more than 100 employees) – Austin Peay State University.

Level-Up Awards:

Advancing to Silver Level: Action Air, Batson Nolan PLC, City of Clarksville Fleet Garage, First Choice Moving & Storage, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, My Place Realty & Management, Screaming Eagle Express Car Wash, Superior Distribution.

Advancing to Gold Level: Florim, Montgomery County Election Commission, Moore Magnet Elementary School, Multi-Color Corporation, Northfield Eye Care.

Advancing to Platinum Level: Austin Peay State University, City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation, Avanti.

The Ron Smithfield Persistence Award was present to David Berggren from Red Knight Distribution for his dedication to the Program and his commitment to the environment. With David’s oversight Red Knight Distribution became the first ever organization to reach Platinum level in the Program. Part of which was thanks to the Styrofoam recycling he started in 2016. Red Knight remains the only organization providing Styrofoam recycling in our community. 

The UPCYCLE Challenge winner was Trane. The Challenge was for Green Certified organizations to create an entry from only recycled or reused materials. This year’s theme was to “Create the Trophy” that will be presented to future award winners. The Trane team created an entry made from gear drives, sheet metal and scrap from the assembly line. Trane will display the trophy for the next year before it is given to the 2021 UPCYCLE Challenge winner. 

Event sponsors were Florim, USA and Montgomery County. Award sponsors were Altra Federal Credit Union, Bi-County Solid Waste, Arcadia Senior Living, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Clarksville, Clarksville Gas & Water, Mainstream Heating and Cooling, Screaming Eagle Express Car Wash, Stone, Rudolph and Henry, Legends Bank, Trane and Winn Materials.

For information about the Green Certification Program, including a list of the 130+ local Green Certified Organizations, visit 

Clarksville Parks & Recreation claimed the Outstanding Efforts in Land Use Award, the Best Overall Small Organization Award and an award for achieving Platinum Level in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program’s annual awards event. Carlye Sommers, program manager, presented the award to, from left, Mayor Joe Pitts; Amanda Pitt, Parks & Recreation administrative support technician; and Jennifer Letourneau, director of Clarksville Parks & Recreation.

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