Go Green With Us

 

Go Green With Us to protect and preserve our State Parks through resource conservation, sustainable operations, and recycling.

Sustainability efforts at Tennessee State Parks are as diverse as the Tennessee landscape - from recycling paper in park offices and installing energy efficient LED lighting to creating vegetative buffer areas around wetlands and shorelines at the golf courses.

Since 2015 when the Go Green With Us Program began, state parks have seen increased their environmental stewardship while reducing their carbon footprint. Many campgrounds are now trash-can-free and are served by conveniently located dumpsters and recycling bins. Some restaurants are composting food scrap waste and some have kitchen gardens, providing fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables to the kitchen.

2018 marked the inaugural Go Green With Us recognition awards program. Twenty-six parks have been recognized for taking positive steps to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect land and water resources and reduce waste. Sustainability highlights include:

  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is the first state park in Tennessee to be 100 percent  upgraded to LEDs throughout the entire park.
  • Johnsonville State Historic Park is one of the first parks to host a Go Green education and outreach event teaching Jr. Rangers the importance of reducing waste by creating their own canteens to use and keep and not using plastic bottles and cups.
  • Norris Dam Sate Park has built their own recycling bins and a divided recycling trailer.
  • Henry Horton State Park is part of the TSP Honey Project. The Governor’s Table Restaurant composts food scraps and a green house and garden provides produce for the restaurant.
  • Montgomery Bell State Park was honored for their on-site composting operation and participating in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, which saved the park nearly $4,000 in diverted solid waste fees.
     

To see what other things parks are doing to Go Green, click on a park below.

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Big Cypress

Bicentennial Capitol Mall - Bronze

Big Ridge

Big HIll Pond

Bledsoe Creek

Booker T. Washington

Chickasaw

Burgess Falls - Gold

Cove Lake - Bronze

Fort Pillow - Silver

Cedars of Lebanon - Bronze

Cumberland Trail - Bronze

Meeman-Shelby Forest

Cordell Hull Birthplace

David Crockett Birthplace

Natchez Trace

Cumberland Mountain

Fort Loudoun - Bronze

Nathan Bedford Forrest - Bronze

Cummins Falls

Frozen Head

Paris Landing - Silver

David Crockett

Harrison Bay - Bronze

Pickwick Landing

Dunbar Cave - Bronze

Hiwassee/Ocoee Rivers

Pinson Mounds

Edgar Evins

Indian Mountain - Silver

Reelfoot Lake

Fall Creek Falls

Norris Dam - Bronze

T.O. Fuller

Harpeth River

Panther Creek - Bronze

 

Henry Horton - Gold

Red Clay

 

Johnsonville - Bronze

Roan Mountain - Bronze

 

Long Hunter - Bronze

Rocky Fork

 

Montgomery Bell - Gold

Seven Islands

 

Mousetail Landing

Sycamore Shoals

 

Old Stone Fort

Warriors' Path

 

Pickett - Bronze

 

 

Port Royal - Bronze

 

 

Radnor Lake - Silver

 

 

Rock Island - Silver

 

 

Sergeant Alvin C. York

 
 

South Cumberland - Silver

 
 

Standing Stone

 
 

Tims Ford - Bronze