Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission

Rating: 4.71 stars   21 reviews

Issues:

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: 5 stars  

I am a director of a non-profit in Cookeville, and have worked with the Clean Commission for the four years I have been in this role. We have an annual festival around the Courthouse Square each fall with some 20,000 people in attendance. The Clean Commission has a booth there for educational purposes as well as handling the huge job of litter pick-up throughout the event. This organization has made us all aware of how much can- and should be- recycled, and are willing to work hard to show us just how to do that. I have a great appreciation and respect for Lisa Luck and the Clean Commission, and fully support them in their mission.

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

mine and other events

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

none

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Rating: 4 stars  

When I first moved to Cookeville in l981 it was the amount of litter in this area that first caught my attention. As a result, I was one of the first Board Members to the Clean Commission in the mid l980s. Since that time much time and effort has been spent on educating people about litter prevention, hazardous waste, recycling efforts, Adopt-A-Highway participants, property awards and so much more.

As the number of new residents has grown in and around Putnam County over the years so has the amount of litter. The need for curbside recycling is very real, massive education efforts in schools, civic clubs and businesses has to be addressed... all of this takes dollars and manpower.

I am proud to live in this area for many reasons. However, we have to find a way to make every person care about their environment.. at home... at work... even on the golf course!

I respectfully request that the Putnam County Clean Commission be considered for this prize. Your dollars will be well spent!

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

many ways. The Clean Commission works diligently throughout the year in Home Shows, Fun Fests, and other community affairs. Our Director meets monthly with City and County officials on better ways to reduce litter and assist with recycling efforts. Our Adopt-A-Highway program continues to grow.

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

Pay and provide more work hours for our Director. She would gladly work a 40 hour week if funding were available.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a past Board member and President, I have been committed to the mission of the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission. The Commission attempts to educate, encourage and recoginize community members to recycle and prevent littering. Our county, as any county across the nation can attest, the litter problem we face is an epidemic, defacing the beautiful countryside of all our communities and generally saying to those visiting, "we really don't care about the litter and trash along our highways!" What a sad commentary on how the general public feels about the unsightly trach and garbage that is strewn everywhere!!! Until we all take more pride in where we live and how we can improve its aesthetic appearance, litter will forever be a plague on our environment.

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

Helped to further its mission by not only being a Board member but by participating in highway cleanups and promoting its mission.

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

Hope for more funds so that the work it attempts to do could be more influential.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For 25 years, the Cookeville/Putnam Co. Clean Commission has worked to keep our community looking its best. As a new board member, I have come to learn what a very limited budget they have to work with. It is an organization that relies heavily on donations and volunteers. I have been in this community for over 20 years, and their presence is unbelievable considering their limited funding. They have always done an amazing job promoting recycling, as well as educating the general public of its importance.

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

The recycling bins around town and at special events.

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

Try to get more funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Clean Commission was founded a year after Keep Tennessee Beautiful was founded 26 years ago. Both organizations saw that the state was picking up litter but no one was trying to break the cycle of littering. Over the years this commission has made huge strides in improving, not only the problems of littering, but has also worked diligently to changes attitudes and encourage the community to take pride in where they work and live. Litter pick up and education are only a part of what they have accomplished.
The Commission has spearheaded recycling projects and encouraged its citizens to "reduce, reuse and recycle", and sponsored beautification projects across the county that have been a major factor in the improved appearance and character of their communities over the years. Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the state of Tennessee have received national recognition from Keep America Beautiful for being the first state in the nation to have 100% county participation in the Great American Cleanup and have accomplished this feat for the past four years. The Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission and their volunteers across the county have been one of the most active participants in this event each year and have strongly contributed to its success over the years.
I cannot think of an organization the better exemplifies the hard work and dedication that goes into maintaining such a worthwhile purpose in continually striving to better their community

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

As I stated above, they have been a strong part of the national recognition from Keep America Beautiful in recognizing Tennessee and a leader in the Great American Cleanup

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

Can not think of a thing except to say to them to continue the wonderful work they are doing in their community

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the Cookeville Clean Commission for the past four years as a Conservation Cmmittee Chairperson within the Cookeville Junior Woman's Club. During this time they have promoted a litter free program. They started an adopt a highway program. In conjunction with this program, our club has adopted a downtown park to keep it litter free.
Our club donated money for the Ceal Commission to purchase recyling bins which are used for all major city events. Our club also purchased recycling bins for all the county public schools. The clean Commission is responsible for educating the public, especially the children of our community. A wonderful organization. Bea O'Donnell

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see above

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an active member of the Cookeville Junior Womens Club, I am proud that our group supports this most worth while organization. Their work is not only timely, but necessary. Helping them to provide recycling bins in various schools in the area was of great pride to our club, especially since we did the easy part. They continue to be out there reminding the community of the importance of keeping our environment and surroundings clean for future generations. Without thei tireless efforts many would not have the option to do something as simple, yet crucial, as recycling.

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

They came to one of our club meetings to request funds to purchase recyling bins. Their budget was limited and needed help to continue their campaign that year.

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

No changes, other than to get them more state funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland is thankful to the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission for coordinating the recycling efforts at the annual Home & Garden Show. Without the help of the clean commission, massive amounts of cardboard, aluminum and plastic would be discarded in the dumpsters during the 3-day event.

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

the Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show.

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

Give them more funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work of this organization is important to our community not only for what they do in helping to make our county a cleaner place to live but in helping to spread the word about environmentally sound practices that will have an effect on future generations. One small action today can have a major ripple effect for the future. If all organizations with the objectives of this one had the same impact relative to size and resources that this one does, it would be an amazing world. Very impressive with the group and the goals.

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

They have volunteered to help us with litter reduction at a local community event next year.

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

Increase the funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Clean Commission does an amazing amount of activism and volunteering for such a small organization. They have a presence at all community events and help keep our city clean by educating our citizens and mobilizing volunteering efforts. The Clean Commission doesn't just direct, though. They get their hands dirty picking up litter across the city and Lisa Luck is always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave at Clean Commission project sites.

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

I have seen the amount of trash and litter that accumulates after one of our major city events, such as the Fall Fun Fest, and subsequently seen the fantastic job that the Clean Commission does in cleaning up!

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

...hire more workers. While volunteers certainly help out, it's difficult for their single employee to maintain all of the paperwork and continuity required in such an active organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

I visited their booth at a local event.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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