Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission

Rating: 4.71 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 515 E. Broad St., Suite A Cookeville TN 38501 USA

Mission: The Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission is a local non-profit organization in Putnam County, Tennessee. The Clean Commission is committed to providing leadership to educate and involve ALL Putnam County residents. By teaching litter prevention, recycling, and proper waste management, we encourage the citizens of Putnam County to beautify and improve their environment. Through specific programming to schools, business and industry, we can make a positive impact toward conserving our natural resources for future generations.
Programs: Litter-free events: CityScape's Fall FunFest, Bark in the Park, Home & Garden Show, WOW festival, Dogapalooza

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Clean Commission performs essential tasks for the Cookeville community. It coordinates litter pick up, it educates children to understand the need to preserve the environment and how to do it, and it works with businesses to help them become more environmentally savy.

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I have personally seen the results of the Clean Commission in my work as the head of the environmental committee of WOW, the international festival hosted by Tennessee Tech. Last year, Lisa Luck worked overtime to make sure that the Clean Commission had a large presence at WOW. The Clean Commission has worked for years with WOW, providing recycling barrels, but last year, Lisa additionally created a children's area, giving children a chance to learn how to protect the environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If there were changes to be made to the organization, I would make the head of the Clean Commission a full-time job. I rated the Clean Commission as exceeding expectations because it does miracles with a part-time head.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a recently appointed board member, but have know of this organization for many years. This group sparked my interest in helping serve my community! They have been instrumental in educating the public on recycling, litter control and waste management. They have been a strong moving force in this community to improve our environment. From organizing neighborhood pickups, talking with school groups, becoming a familiar face in the local media, the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission has exceeded their goals on a regular basis. The group is a vital force in this community!

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Over the years I have witnessed the impact this group has made on our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only restraints this group faces in lack of resources to expand their programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of Tennessee Beautiful and as State Naturalist and State Archaeologist, Emeritus, I have seen first-hand the good work done over the years and including the present by the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission to make their area a great place to live. They have cleaned up unbelievable amounts of trash, particularly in the Cummings Fall area where we are currently raising a million dollars to set aside this beautiful spot as a State Park. The leadership of the Clean Commission is poised to make an even greater difference in the life of this community with their emphasis on education and by utilizing volunteer effort. If your financial grant could be made to extend their efforts to continue to beautify this area, it would make a great difference. They are in need of more educational materials and office equipment to further advance their objectives. Mack Prichard, Board Member of Tennessee Parks and Greenway Foundation as well as the Cumberland Alliance

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State contacts

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more financial support and encourage more volunteer effort.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Many years ago, before being on the board, I heard of the Clean Commission. It inspired me. I saw the things that they were trying to do. Putnam County has been credited with being one of the biggest recyclers in Tennessee, per capita. The Clean Commission continues to serve the community. Our board and coordinator hope to continue to educate and motivate our community. We want to make a difference!

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The Clean Commission has helped me educate the students at my school for years. They have provided displays, programs, and even pickers to help us Clean Up.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give us more money to work with. We could make a bigger impact.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Clean Commission is fulfilling a vital role in our community that no one else addrsses, that providing leadership in a battle against litter and up to date education on recycling. The Clean Commission started as a grassroots coalition of concerned citizens that wanted to make a difference in our environmnt. Over the past 25 years, the message on litter has stayed the same. Recycling is a natural partner for this endeavor.
The Clean Commission has a twelve member working board that shares the mission of promoting a litter free environment and conserving and preserving our natural resources.
The Clean Commission has a presence in our public schools and at an array of special events, including the Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show and the popular Fall FunFest. There is a special indoor and outdoor education program that promotes Litter Free Events

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Over a three year period, I experienced first hand the need for litter prevention and recycling education in Putnam County. The schools are open to the education opportunity and the students love to hear how to help Mother Earth. Volunteers hit the streets and pickup litter on a regular basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a means to increase their funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I served on the board of the Cookeville - Putnam County Clean Commission for several terms. I have never worked harder in my life! This a working group. We collected hazardous waste, did highway cleanups, lake cleanups, and educated school children. Over the years I have witnessed the changes the Commission has brought about. I see both trash and recycle bins at all public functions. I now see bins in public buildings!
I cannot express the positive feelings I have for the Cookeville - Putnam County Clean Commission. I hope that they keep going strong until the mission is completed!

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My experiences as a board member, a citizen, and an elementary school teacher.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more publicity and funds

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission has been a positive force in our community for 25 years. I have served on the board, as a volunteer, and lifelong donor because I believe in the adage "Think globally, act locally." The actions here include litter-free events, hazardous waste collections and educational programs in recycling, waste disposal and litter prevention. With strong leadership always at the helm, the Clean Commission is dedicated to making our part of the world beautiful and healthy for our children's children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... being able to contribute to environmental education, recycle, and learning to be a better steward of the Earth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... get more funding and staff.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

I live and work in Putnam County and see the litter linning the streets. I myself take the time to separate and recycle everything I can and clean up the trash when I see it floating along the roadsides. However, more funding is needed so everyone can be provided with a curbside bin designated solely for recycling making it convienient and seen. Right now the way it is, we all have to take our recycling to designated area, now I don't mind doing this, but most people just can't or won't find the time. This is a problem. If Putnam County wanted to make the change, grants and funding are available not to mention the money the County could make off of recycled products. As a region we are proud of our land and our beautiful plateau, we can become a leader in greening our communities if only we made the effort together and our elected official made recycling a budgeted priority.

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yes, I work with the Clean Commission and advocate for a cleaner community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to provide more recycling services to the people. It should be law that all people recycle just as it is law that littering is punishable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For twenty-five years the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission has worked tirelessly to promote recycling and litter prevention in the community. I first noticed their presence at a local festival several years ago. The current coordinator, Lisa Luck, puts in many more hours than she is paid for because she is so committed to this work. In addition to speaking at various area schools, Lisa meets with community members, elected officials and local business people to discuss a variety of topics related to the work of the organization. This is my third year as a board member and I can tell you that this board does much more than meet once a month! We clean a section of roadway twice a year and we all volunteer to staff our booth at several annual community events in addition to keeping these events litter-free with the help of many volunteers.

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I'm proud of the Clean Commission for working so hard to keep our community clean and beautiful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work on fundraising and increase the budget so that the coordinator can work full time and we can get our message out to more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It amazes me to see how a small group of people can affect a community so dramatically. Cookeville has changed from a town inundated with litter to a proud community, conscious of clean-up, beautification and the need to recycle. This has been due to an active board and a dedicated administrator, Lisa Luck.
Litter-control reminders abound through display and information booths at local events and festivals. School children and members of organizations are educated creatively to keep the city clean and to recycle. The annual beautification awards for residences and businesses serve to encourage and reward. Recycling sites are provided and solid waste managed. Public events are monitored for litter by volunteers. Individuals or groups take responsibility for designated pick-up.
All this is accomplished with a small budget and a part-time director. Increased funding could provide an office copy machine and additional educational materials.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enjoying a cleaner city, conscious of improving the environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the director work full-time and provide more volunteer workers to accomplish even more.

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