|One of many industrial dumpsters filled with trash picked up along the river |
during this year's River Rescue shoreline clean-up organized by Ijams Nature Center.
Sustainability Report #4
Ijams Nature Center is now a part of the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership or TP3. This is a network of households, schools, government agencies, organizations and businesses that demonstrates that pollution prevention not only protects the environment but saves money as well.
TP3 is sponsored by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Ijams became familiar with the program through our collaborative work with B&WY12. The program is open to anyone living in the state of Tennessee and has several steps or levels to the partnership program.
The first step is to complete a TP3 sign up card which is available on TDEC’s website. The next step is to submit a pledge card for pollution prevention in clean air, energy efficiency, hazardous material management, land and water conservation and solid waste reduction. After a pledge card has been submitted, interested parties can start working towards partnership by submitting a plan for a new project, completing a success story and community outreach.
Ijams is at the beginning stages of documenting our current policies and procedures internally, but we have long been involved in regional environmental education through programs such as EarthFlag, WaterFest, Living Clean & Green! and IjamsRecycles. This past March, Ijams coordinated the 23rd Annual River Rescue, a yearly cleanup of local river and creek shorelines that routinely attracts hundreds of volunteers.
- Sabrina DeVault, Sustainability Committee