Cedars of Lebanon Go Green
Cedars of Lebanon State Park has completed the Platinum Recognition Level of the TN State Parks Go Green With Us Initiative and Guidelines. The guidelines include multiple areas of environmental sustainability, including education and outreach, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste and recycling, and much more. Congrats to this park for going above and beyond to be excellent stewards of our natural resources!
The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.
- Cedars of Lebanon State Park is enhancing their cedar glade ecosystems through beekeeping and butterfly gardens that are maintained by Master Gardeners. The park is a Certified Monarch Waystation Site which means that it meets the habitat needs of monarch butterflies during the butterflies’ annual migration across North America.
- The park also prevents erosion in the campground with tent pads which are man-made surfaces that protect the ground from damage caused by repeatedly setting up a tent in the same spot.
- Cedars of Lebanon is tracking park-wide energy consumption and has upgraded water heaters to more energy-efficient tankless water heaters that only heat water as needed.
- The park has installed strategically placed trash and recycling dumpsters, removing all individual trash cans and placing signs informing visitors of these locations. Fewer trashcans result in a decrease in the number of trashcan liners required. This means less waste and a decrease in associated cost.