NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-six Tennessee State Parks have been recognized by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for sustainable concepts as part of the state’s ‘Go Green With Us’ initiative. Parks that received the highest honors include Burgess Falls State Park, Henry Horton State Park and Montgomery Bell State Park.
A full list of parks and their recognition level is below:
Recognition Level: Gold
Burgess Falls State Park - Gold
Henry Horton State Park - Gold
Montgomery Bell State Park - Gold
Recognition Level: Silver
Fort Pillow State Historic Park - Silver
Indian Mountain State Park - Silver
Paris Landing State Park - Silver
Radnor Lake State Park - Silver
Rock Island State Park - Silver
South Cumberland State Park - Silver
Recognition Level: Bronze
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park - Bronze
Cedars of Lebanon State Park - Bronze
Cove Lake State Park - Bronze
Dunbar Cave State Park - Bronze
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park - Bronze
Harrison Bay State Park - Bronze
Johnsonville State Historic Park - Bronze
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park - Bronze
Long Hunter State Park - Bronze
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park - Bronze
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park - Bronze
Norris Dam State Park - Bronze
Panther Creek State Park - Bronze
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park - Bronze
Port Royal State Park - Bronze
Roan Mountain State Park - Bronze
Tims Ford State Park - Bronze
The ‘Go Green With Us’ program recognizes Tennessee State Parks that have integrated sustainable practices into park management and operations. The program launched in 2015 as a recycling initiative at all 56 state parks and evolved into a more comprehensive initiative from energy efficiency to food service to visitor programming.
Parks were ranked on a tiered system based on points earned for various sustainable management practices, similar to the LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certification model for sustainable buildings.
Initiatives at gold-level winner Burgess Falls State Park include management of a 20,000 sq. ft. pollinator garden, water aerators on all faucets and low-flow toilets, and a children’s educational program on recycling. Montgomery Bell was named the 2017 Sustainable Park of the Year by TDEC for its food waste reduction efforts, which saves the park nearly $4,000 per year on diverted solid waste fees. Henry Horton also composts food from its on-site restaurant and grows fresh produce served in its restaurant.
The other 23 state parks recognized have instituted concepts such as energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, controlled burns to reduce invasive plant growth, and ‘Leave No Trace’ principles in visitor programming. Parks with golf courses are internationally recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Groundwater Guardian Green program.
For more information about the initiative and individual park accomplishments, visit www.tnstateparks.com/about/go-green-with-us.
B-roll available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u1lfw6kfepv9tbr/GoGreen_PressRelease_v01.mp4?dl=0.
Photos of individual parks receiving awards available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnenvironment/albums/72157695864421545.
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