Friends of Henry Horton State Park was awarded the “2009 Tennessee Sustainability Award”, for their innovative and outstanding lead removal project in Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, TN.  The award was presented by John McFadden on December 10, 2009 to Stacey Cothran and Theresa Dugger (pictured).  The Council also presented “2009 Outstanding Volunteer Awards” to Louise Gorenflo of Crossville TN, the founder of Solar Valley Coalition, and to Brian Paddock of Cookeville, TN, who is an environmental attorney and chairman of the Tennessee Chapter Sierra Club transportation committee. 

Friends of Henry Horton State Park, under the leadership of Stacey Cothran and Teresa Dugger, led a project to remove the lead shot from Henry Horton State Park.  They collected more than 200,000 lbs of this hazardous material, and recycled the lead netting over $60,000 for their non-profit group. These funds were reinvested in Henry Horton State Park’s infrastructure by painting the inside of the Skeet Lodge, replacing the Skeet Lodge furniture and countertops and installing lighting and fans.  They also purchased a display case for merchandise at the Skeet Lodge and token operated machines for each skeet and trap field for visitor convenience.  The funds also allowed them to refurbish bathrooms at the range picnic shelter, and to fund construction of 6” X  6” wood borders for all tent campsites to lessen the impact on the campground.  Finally, these funds were used to engage community youth in the benefits of the park.  Over 125 students from Chapel Hill Elementary School were hosted at the park to study the park’s history, management and the Duck River, the state’s most bio diverse river system.  The project was selected for the 2009 Sustainability Award because it embodied the three tiered approach to sustainability: economic, environment and equity of access to the resource.

Louise Gorenflo is the founder of Solar Valley Coalition, a network of organizations and advocates with the common purpose of encouraging TVA and the Valley to reduce energy demand and greenhouse gasses, and set challenging renewable energy goals with citizen involvement.  She is also founder of Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team, and acts as coordinator for several projects including Crossville 2015 Sustainability Vision Project, Crossville Sustainability Fair, Blue Turning Green, Cumberland Stewards, and Obed Watershed Community Association.  She is the manager of Cumberland Sustainable Farmer’s Market and the Executive Director of The Learning Community in Cumberland County.  Gorenflo’s commitment to a wide variety of environmental issues supports the conservation community and Tennessee Environmental Council’s mission of educating and advocating for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee´s environment, communities and public health.

Following a 35-year career as a lawyer and lobbyist, Brian Paddock has spent the past 10 years in environmental law doing most of his work on a pro bono basis.  In this past year he has drafted legislation, found legislative sponsors and worked actively with speakers and other individuals and groups to support the passage of a bill that would ban radioactive waste in Tennessee landfills.  He has also drafted legislation requiring a balanced representation on state regulatory boards, and legislation requiring open meetings for local electric coops.  Paddock is instrumental in clean energy advocacy in Tennessee working with Solar Valley Coalition, Sierra Club and TVA’s Generation Partner’s program.  He chairs Tennessee Chapter Sierra Club’s Transportation Committee, attends Tennessee Water Quality Control Board meetings, works with Model Forest Advisory Project for the City of Cookeville, publishes a monthly newsletter for Save our Cumberland Mountains, and provides legal advice and support for citizens, non profit groups and other organizations.  Paddock’s home has a 6.25kw Solar system and he has participated in the National Solar Tour day for 4 years.  Paddock’s accomplishments were recognized for exemplifying the mission of the Council.   
The Tennessee Environmental Council educates and advocates for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities and public health.  The Council presents these awards annually to recognize the outstanding service and accomplishments of individuals and environmental group that advance the Council’s mission in Tennessee.