State Parks Recognized for ‘Going Green’ Performance | Alive


NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced that 28 of Tennessee’s 56 state parks have achieved Platinum status, the highest level of achievement, under the department’s Go Green With Us program. . This is the most Platinum parks in program history.

Both Roan Mountain State Park and Sycamore Shoals State Park were on the list.

“Our state parks go above and beyond in environmental protection and sustainability, and we are thrilled with their performance in this program, said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson. “This formally recognizes our parks’ commitment to preserving the environment and setting the best possible example for our visitors.”

The TDEC announcement predates World Earth Day, Friday, April 22.

The comprehensive Go Green With Us program, established in 2015, incorporates guidelines across park operations that help staff and guests become more environmentally conscious. The parks implement sustainability practices and are recognized in the spring near Earth Day. A total of 37 parks have increased this year by one level of status from the last assessment in 2020, with 22 parks achieving Gold status and six Silver.

All parks recycle what is available for recycling in their counties. Other program activities include replacing old water fixtures with low-volume alternatives, composting food waste, installing LED lighting in high-traffic areas, enforcing no-idle zones to reduce emissions, tracking rare, threatened and endangered species and planting native species.

Many campgrounds are trash-free with conveniently located dumpsters and recycling bins. Some restaurants are reducing food waste through diversion, donation and composting practices. Some parks have on-site gardens, providing seasonal herbs and vegetables to local kitchens and communities.

The 28 state parks to achieve Platinum level recognition were:

East Tennessee

Big Ridge State Park

Booker T. Washington State Park

Lake Cove State Park

Frozen Head State Park

Harrison Bay State Park

Indian Mountains State Park

Roan Mountain State Park

Seven Islands State Bird Park

Sycamore Shoals State Park

West Tennessee

Fort Pillow State Park

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Johnsonville State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Paris Landing State Park

Pinson Mounds State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park

Middle Tennessee

Capitol Mall Bicentennial State Park

Bledsoe Creek State Park

Burgess Falls State Park

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park

Cummins Falls State Park

Long Hunter State Park

Montgomery Bell State Park

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Radnor Lake State Park

Rock Island State Park

sergeant. Alvin C. York State Park

Standing Stone State Park

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