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Nashville State Community College becomes Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certified

January 23, 2018 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification ProgramMontgomery County, TN – Nashville State Community College is the latest organization to join the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program (CMCGCP). To celebrate their success a green ribbon cutting was held Monday, January 22nd, 2018.

City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Montgomery County Chief of Staff Jeff Truitt, Chamber of Commerce Director Melinda Shepard, CMCGCP Steering Committee member Rose Melton (Altra Federal Credit Union), CMCGCP Stephen James (Nyrstar) and CMCGCP Manager Carlye Sommers attended the ceremony.

Nashville State Community College's Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification ribbon cutting. (L to R) Rose Melton, Carlye Sommers, Melinda Shepard, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, John Woodman, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Jessica Mallicoate, Kathleen Akers, Sharley Ross, Vicki McCovery, Megan Goosetree, Reggie Mclain, Larry Coppins, Jeff Truitt, Stephen James.

Nashville State Community College’s Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification ribbon cutting. (L to R) Rose Melton, Carlye Sommers, Melinda Shepard, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, John Woodman, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Jessica Mallicoate, Kathleen Akers, Sharley Ross, Vicki McCovery, Megan Goosetree, Reggie Mclain, Larry Coppins, Jeff Truitt, Stephen James.

Nashville State campus director Kathleen Akers led the certification efforts but said her cohesive staff helped to make the certification a reality.

Over the past year, Akers and her staff increased their recycling efforts and significantly reduced their paper waste and energy use.

Akers explained, “The parking lot was over lit at night so we were able to save a significant amount of electricity by only turning on half of the lights in the lot each evening.” The college has also seen a drastic reduction in white paper waste after a new printing policy was established.

Prior to last year, there was no limit on student printing which resulted in lots of wasted paper. To combat the waste, Nashville State gave each student a $15.00 account credit and removed all paper from the community printers. In order to print, students must supply their own paper. The change has resulted in less paper being purchased, less waste being produced and a big money savings for the college.

City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett both congratulated Nashville State on their efforts and certification. Mayor Durrett asked the staff if they recycled at home and the staff members responded that they were long time recyclers even outside of work. Mayor McMillan also asked if the students were taking the efforts home and Akers said she believed they are and that the students have all been supportive of the increased recycling efforts.

Following the ceremony, Campus Coordinator Larry Coppins led the attendees a short tour of the Nashville State campus. During the tour, Coppins highlighted the state of the art biology lab and explained that the college continues to experience growth and is considering onsite expansion in the future.

Nashville State is a comprehensive, regionally accredited, two-year college with six campus locations in middle Tennessee. The Clarksville campus is located at 1760 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. The college offers over 80 programs to prepare students for work or transfer to a four-year university. For more information on Nashville State, visit www.nsccc.edu

If your organization would like more information on the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program, contact Carlye Sommers at or call 931.245.1867. You can also find information about the Program and the over 100 Green Certified businesses at https://mcgtn.org/green

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