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Our Eighth Year Celebration & Annual Meeting, Nov 19, 2015

This year’s Annual Meeting/Celebration was a packed house, featuring a lively forum on the two Florida solar amendments that may be on the 2016 ballot.  A speaker from each of the proposed amendments made remarks, followed by rebuttals and audience Q&A.  Our speakers were:

Susan Glickman, the Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), represented the Floridians for Solar Choice Amendment.  Susan has a background in running political campaigns and also directs Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Action Fund in the Sunshine State.

Matthew Carter II represented the Smart Solar Amendment. Matthew is a former Chair of the Public Service Commission and a current member of the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida.

         
         Susan Glickman                     Matthew Carter II

The audience had many questions, and there is clearly a need for more on this subject over the next several months.  As of Nov 2015, the Solar Choice amendment language has been approved by the Supreme Court, and the Smart Solar amendment language is being reviewed by the Court.  


Sustainable Tallahassee’s
Community Carbon Fund received three special honors at the event:

  •  A grant of $10,000 from Leon County, presented by Tessa Schreiner, Leon County’s Recycling and Sustainability Manager, as a match grant for funds raised by Sustainable Tallahassee donations. 
  • An award from the Sustainable Florida Collins Center for “Sustainable Non-Profit Best Practices Award”, presented by Tim Center, Executive Director of Sustainable Florida. 
  • Announcement by Bo Schmitz, manager of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, that the hotel will make a $1,000 donation to the Community Carbon Fund!  The hotel was also presented an award by Tim Center for “Sustainable Large Business Best Practices” by Sustainable Florida Collins Center. 

Debbie Gibson and the Community Carbon Fund committee members received these recognitions, and Debbie gave a summary of the CCF, how it functions and the current projects.

                                              
              Left to right: Debbie Gibson, Chair of the Community Carbon                                            Award from Sustainable Florida
           Fund, committee members Steve Urse, Pam McVety,
  
           and Bob Henderson, Tessa Schreiner, Leon County.

Board members were elected for terms beginning January 1, 2016 (learn more about each of them HERE):

Mike Brezin, continuing board member, for a 1 year term ending Dec 31, 2016
Jennifer Taylor, new board member, for a 2 year tern ending Dec 31, 2017
Charley Schwartz, new board member, for a 2 year term ending Dec 31, 2017
Alan Williams, new board member, for a 2 year term ending Dec 31, 2017
Rosa Morgan, continuing board member, for a 3 year term ending Dec 31, 2018
Tom Taylor, continuing board member, for a 3-year term ending Dec 31, 2018
Katherine Preston, new board member, for a 3-year term ending Dec 31, 2018
Sue Hansen, new board member, for a 3-year term ending Dec 31, 2018
Tyler Knox, new board member, for a 3-year term ending Dec 31, 2018
Peggy Sanford, continuing board member, for a 3-year term ending Dec 31, 2018.
Matthew DeStefano, continuing board member, for a 3-year term ending Dec 31, 2018

We bid adieu to these members who are rotating off the board at the end of 2015: Ken Goldberg, Carly Sinnadurai, Fabio Vargas, and Anne Harvey - they all promise to stay actively involved!  Anthony Gaudio will remain in the board capacity of Immediate Past President, and Bob Henderson will remain as President-elect.  We look forward to a very active and exciting new year.



A record crowd attended!


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