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June 30, 2014

CEMC earns green certification


The latest business to complete requirements for Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification and host a Green Ribbon Cutting is Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (CEMC).

Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers, City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Economic Development Council Executive Director Cal Wray and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melinda Shepard were there to congratulate the CEMC board members and employees for their certification.

Bowers asked them to share what they had done to become CMC Green Certified.

Supervisor of Purchasing and Warehouse Scott Bagwell, who led the certification effort, shared, “We have increased our cardboard, paper, plastic and can recycling with Bi-County and we are now being paid for our junk aluminum and steel wire. To reduce energy, we have been updating lighting from T12 to T8 light bulbs, we added a white reflective roof that increases the insulation and adjust thermostat settings in unused areas of the buildings.”

Member Services Manager, Barbara Hooper added, “We are planning to expand recycling in six other locations as well. In addition, we have reduced our paper and reduced energy by eliminating fax machines and moving to electronic communication. We also encourage our customers to use online billing to save paper on paper, fuel, and postage.”

Additionally, CEMC has installed GPS systems in more than 60 vehicles to provide faster response time to outages and reduce fuel usage and mileage. They also added an instant hot water circulator to provide quicker access to hot water and reduce the amount of water used.

McMillan expressed her gratitude for their work, asked if employees were practicing recycling and energy conservation in their homes, and encouraged them to do so if they were not already. Bagwell and Harper said employees are encouraged to practice some of the same initiatives in their homes.

Bowers closed by thanking CEMC for taking the initiative to voluntarily conserve resources in Montgomery and surrounding counties. “What you are doing is making a difference and we appreciate you and the support of your board in these efforts.”

CEMC serves a five-county area including Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart and Sumner County. For more information about CEMC and what you can do to conserve electricity visit .

For details on how your business can participate in the Green Certification Program, contact Michelle Newell at

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