Chronicle of Events
Sustainable Tallahassee's recent and not-so-recent events - both big and small - are summarized here.
November 1, 2018 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s 11th Year Celebration and Annual Meeting. The event theme for this year's annual meeting was “Speed Date Sustainable Tallahassee”, an opportunity for guests to hear first-hand from our most active committees and programs. It was held at the Alfriend Hall at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, a change from prior years.
October 27, 2018 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s Trash Dash 5K Run. This year was our 8th year to host the Trash Dash 5K cross country run at Leon County’s Apalachee Regional Park. This event is our primary fundraiser, and we appreciate our race sponsors for this successful annual event.
September 15, 2018 – EV Expo. Our very first EV Expo was a smashing success and we owe it to our terrific Renewable Energy Advocacy Committee and a host of other ST members and volunteers. Over 50 electric and electric plug-in hybrid vehicles participated in this event which was held in conjunction with National Electric Drive Week. We’re so excited about the momentum that we’re already talking about next year’s EV Expo!
September 8, 2018 - Sustainable Tallahassee’s Adopt-a-Street Clean-Up Event. This was our second event to host a clean up of our adopted street, Bronough Street, between 6th Avenue and Brevard. Once again, we thank Meta Calder for her leadership and coordination. Our next street clean-up is planned for January, 2019.
August 27, 2018 – Green Drinks: “Everything You Want to Know about Electric Cars”. Our presenters were Mike Mitchell, Steve Urse, and Tom Cordi who gave an excellent talk on why we should own an electric car. As a bonus, we had three electric cars on display – a Tesla, a Nissan Leaf, and a Chevy Volt – all this as a prelude to our upcoming EV Expo on September 15th.
July 30, 2018 – Green Drinks: “An Update on Florida A&M’s Sustainability Institute.” Kathryn Ziewitz, PhD, Director of the Sustainability Institute, gave an update on the student-oriented activities at The SEED -- the Sustainability Education and Engagement Destination, and on the Sustainability Institute’s research on improving understanding of social capital and resilience to face climate related hazards among socially vulnerable neighborhoods in our community.
June 25, 2018 – Green Drinks: “Environmentalism and Social Justice”. Jamie Valentine, Program Coordinator for FSU Sustainable Campus was our presenter. She addressed the issues of economic disparity, neighborhoods, and food deserts and how these relate to how we approach sustainability and the environment.
June 9, 2018 - Sustainable Tallahassee’s Adopt-a-Street Clean-Up Event. Thanks to a team of volunteers, we did a clean-up of our adopted street, Bronough Street, between 6th Avenue and Brevard Street. Eight bags were collected – six filled with trash and two with recyclables. This was a first of several clean-ups planned for this year - the next scheduled event is set for September 8th. A big thanks to Meta Calder for her leadership and coordination of this event!
June 4, 2018 - Green Drinks: "Citizens Climate Lobby and the Momentum in Congress". May’s Green Drinks was re-scheduled to June 4 due to weather. This month’s topic was Climate Change and what Citizens Climate Lobby proposes at the national level to reduce the changes that are coming. Our speakers were Cara Fleischer, Sam Adams, and Patrick Love who presented on the three major components of Citizens Climate Lobby and the positive momentum that CCL is building in Congress.
May 16, 2018 – “Recycling Roundtable”. Sustainable Tallahassee facilitated this roundtable of the Capital Area Sustainability Council (CASC) with the recycling coordinators of our CASC member organizations. Twenty-three representatives attended, including George Loscialo, Recycling Manager at Marpan, who recently attended a statewide conference on the status of national and international recycling markets. Each of our CASC organizations has experienced challenges and successes with recycling, and this was an opportunity to share and learn from each other.
April 30, 2018 - Green Drinks: "Florida Greenways and Trails". Dale Allen, President of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, was our speaker about the foundation's program on "Closing the Gaps" and "Creating a World-Class Greenway and Trails System for Florida" – connecting Florida’s trails to create a major recreational and tourist experience. The local project currently under construction is to connect the St. Marks Trail along HWY 98 to the Gulf. Learn more and view maps at http://fgtf.org/.
April 21 and 22 - LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival. For the third year, Sustainable Tallahassee coordinated the "greening" of this two-day festival with a team of volunteers, the Recycle Patrol, Rags2Bags team, Water Bottle Monster, and Plastic Bag Monster.
March 26, 2018 - Green Drinks: “Community Garden Network”. The Community Garden Network (CGN) is a program initiated in Sustainable Tallahassee’s Local Foods Committee to support gardening on a group level. Lizette Kelley covered different types of community gardens, how to get started, availability of local start-up grants, and how to connect with gardeners and information resources. The CGN is hosting a free day of gardening workshops on Saturday, March 31. (For the first time, we also had a group of green pickers in a jam session before start time.)
February 26, 2018 – Green Drinks: “Sustainable Tallahassee’s Launch of Green4Tally”. Green4Tally is a new program that recognizes businesses that practice sustainability. Joseph Petty, our Green Business Committee chair was our speaker to describe the program. Businesses that meet the criteria will receive plaques and stickers and will be recognized and promoted by Sustainable Tallahassee. The initial focus of the program is with restaurants. Check out our Green4Tally webpage.
February 25, 2018 – Tallahassee’s First Ever Recycled Wedding Market was hosted by Green Party Events at Aveda Institute as a fundraiser for Sustainable Tallahassee, netting nearly $4,000 for ST. Over 40 professional vendors and recently married sellers sold everything from tablecloths and vases, to centerpieces, signs, and many other wedding items to 400 shoppers who attended.
January 29 2018 – Green Drinks: "Building a Resilient Community". Abena Sackey Ojetayo, former Sustainable Tallahassee Board member and now the first-ever City of Tallahassee Chief Resilience Officer, presented the many challenges ahead for us in building a resilient community. On-going community-engagement will result in a Resiliency Plan that will determine steps for the City of Tallahassee moving forward. It includes addressing social conditions and working with unique populations in Tallahassee including seniors, students, climate 'refugees' and low income families.
December 2 & 3, 2017 – Alternative Christmas Market: This year, the sixth year for our Community Carbon Fund to participate in the Alternative Christmas Market, the Carbon Fund is raising funds to replace inefficient hot water systems for Southern Scholarship Foundation’s student residence houses. The result will be lower utility bills – and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to Debbie Gibson for organizing our participation in the Alternative Christmas Market every year.
November 27, 2017 – Green Drinks: “Green Means GO!”. Pat Maurer, Program Manager for Commuter Services of North Florida (http://www.commuterservices.org/), and co-chair of Sustainable Tallahassee’s Sustainable Transportation committee, led a fast paced transportation quiz game to reinforce our knowledge about sustainable transportation options.
October 30 2017 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s 10th Year Celebration and Annual Meeting. Celebrating ten years comes only once, and we made the most of this event with a recap of our history and accomplishments. We also had the largest attendance of all our annual meetings. Check out more and see pictures HERE.
October 28, 2017 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s 7th Annual Trash Dash 5K Run. This year our Trash Dash was a Gulf Winds Grand Prix race - a big milestone for our annual cross country 5K race. And as our main fundraiser, this year's race was our best ever. Pictures and more are HERE.
September 25, 2017 – Green Drinks: “Health of Your Lakes, Streams, and Rivers”. Charley Schwartz, PE, Senior Design Engineer with Leon County’s Public Works, and Sustainable Tallahassee board member, gave a presentation about the county’s local water quality program including monitoring locations, sampling processes and nifty online summary reports, and about the County’s upcoming Lake Jackson "On the Water" Clean-up event scheduled for Saturday, September 30th.
August 28, 2017 – Green Drinks: “Aquaponics”. This presentation was by Lowell Collins, of Tallahassee Aquaponics Urban Farm, and Michele Madison, of Farming the Future. They provided an excellent introduction to Aquaponics, the practice of raising fish while using the waste byproduct from the fish to cultivate plants in raised beds.
July 31, 2017 – Green Drinks: "Growing: The Sharing Tree & Back to School." Carly Sinnadurai, Executive Director of The Sharing Tree, spoke about the benefit The Sharing Tree provides for teachers, children, and the public. The Sharing Tree began as a project in Sustainable Tallahassee’s 3 Rs Committee (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in 2009-10. The Tree’s current Third Avenue location is being sold and a new home must be found for an October 2017 move.
June 26, 2017 – Green Drinks: “Florida Trail Association”. Dawn Griffin, of the Florida Trail Association, was our speaker this month. The Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association maintains the portion of the Florida Trail from the Aucilla River west to the Apalachicola River, as well as the Torreya Hiking Trail (in the Torreya State Park), The Fort Bradon Trail (in the Lake Talquin State Forrest), and the Phipps Park Trail (along Meridian Road in Tallahasee).
May 29, 2017 - Green Drinks: “Sea Turtle Research”. Natalie Monterro’s presentation was about FSU’s ongoing work to understand and protect long living sea turtles and the difficult environments they must navigate to sustain their lives.
April 24, 2017 – Green Drinks: "Leon County Fruit & Nut Exchange." Tabitha Frazier was our speaker about the "Leon County Fruit & Nut Exchange", a new local urban gleaning program she initiated that helps eliminate food waste by collecting excess food bounty from tree owners and getting the food to organizations that feed those in need.
April 22, 2017 – Earth Day activities: Sustainable Tallahassee was one of four co-sponsors of the City of Tallahassee’s Earth Day/Healthy Communities Festival at Cascades Park; we had a prominent table and day-long involvement of our Water Bottle Monster. Also, Sustainable Tallahassee provided “greening” of the local Pridefest at Kleman Plaza. In addition, this day was a New Leaf Market Co-op “share day” with a percent of sales donated to Sustainable Tallahassee; members of our Rags2Bags team were set up at both locations to support the event.
April 15-16, 2017 – LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival: For the second year, Sustainable Tallahassee partnered with LeMoyne to “green” the festival, a 2-day juried arts festival fundraiser for LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. We set up our Rags2Bags team, Kick Bottled Water and the Bottled Water Monster, and a team at recycle, compost, and waste stations to help with public education. See more HERE.
April 8, 2017: Clean-up of Lake Henrietta. A dedicated team of ST board members, Charley Schwartz, Ed Bettinger, Tom Taylor, and several volunteers spent a hot morning in a clean-up of Lake Henrietta, collecting over ten large bags of litter, some recyclables, and other large items from the lake and shoreline grasses. See the results HERE.
March 27, 2017 – Green Drinks: "FSU Sustainability by the Numbers". This month’s topic was an impressive presentation about Florida State University's sustainability programs and what’s ahead, by Elizabeth Swiman, Director of Campus Sustainability at FSU. For the first time, sustainability is a component of the 2017-2022 University Strategic Plan.
March 26, 2017 - “Solar Comes to Tallahassee”, a presentation by David Byrne, Manager of the City of Tallahassee’s Electric System, co-hosted by Sustainable Tallahassee and Center for Inquiry. The first 20 MW solar farm will start construction next month, with completion by end of summer; the second 40 MW phase should be operational by December 31, 2019.
February 28, 2017 - Green Drinks: “Finding Virtual Clean Power for a Community". Colleen Castille has a long history of environmental and energy expertise and is CEO and a founding owner of EarthSTEPS, as well as former Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs. She described virtual clean power as ". . .kind of like finding that extra lane for rush hour traffic – but only when you need it.”
February 23, 2017 - Speed Date Your Local Officials, sponsored by Village Square. Sustainable Tallahassee members attended and chatted with local elected officials. Topics we discussed included distributed solar, expanding the Community Carbon Fund, improving public transportation (including bringing back Amtrak passenger service), expanding bike infrastructure, energy efficiency in public buildings and recycling in schools. Thanks to The Village Square for organizing these great events.
February 20, 2017 - "Share Night" by Four Points by Sheraton Hotel: with 10% of proceeds donated to ST's Community Carbon Fund. A perfect evening at the hotel's poolside Aqua bar with live music, margaritas, fish tacos, and good company. Thank you to Bo Schmitz and his crew at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel - a LEED certified hotel.
January 30, 2017 - Green Drinks: "2017 Conservation Update". Aliki Moncrief updated us on the current status of conservation lands in Florida and the compelling need for citizens to be involved and hold our elected officials accountable for protecting our state's resources. She is the Executive Director of Florida Conservation Voters and one of the Tallahassee Democrat's 2016 “25 Women You Need to Know”.
December 3 & 4, 2016 – Alternative Christmas Market: This year was the fifth year for our Community Carbon Fund to participate in the Alternative Christmas Market. We thank Debbie Gibson for organizing our participation every year. In addition to the Community Carbon Fund, visitors to the market were able to make a donation to 30 community non-profit organizations in the name of a Christmas gift recipient.
November 28, 2016 – Green Drinks: "It's All in the Way We Communicate Sustainability”. Tessa Schreiner, Recycling and Sustainability Manager, and Piper Miller, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, with Leon County’s Office of Resource Stewardship, shared their approach to sustainability education, one of the most important roles of their office. They launched their video "Recycling - the Movie", tracing the life of a plastic water bottle and exploring recycling. It can be viewed on the ST website HERE.
November 10, 2016 - Sustainable Tallahassee’s Ninth Year Celebration and Annual Meeting: Our speaker was Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, and Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. New and renewing board members were elected. The event was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
October 31, 2016 – Green Drinks: "The Hidden World of Underwater Caves”. Our speaker, Lamar English, is a Mag Lab Research Engineer with 39 years of experience diving in and exploring underwater caves. He is best known for designing and building underwater lights and as a pioneer of tri-mix gas for deep diving. His diving group mapped 33 miles of underwater caves leading downstream to Wakulla Springs, and he spoke of the degradation in water clarity & quality over past years. There is a description of some of those cave discoveries HERE.
October 29, 2016 – Trash Dash 5K Run. Our Sixth annual Trash Dash 5K Run fundraiser is held each year at the world class Cross Country Track at Leon County’s Regional Park. Find out more and see pictures HERE.
September 26, 2016 - Green Drinks: "FAMU’s Sustainability Institute". FAMU launched its Sustainability Institute two years ago. Kathryn Ziewitz, Sustainability Program Coordinator at Florida A&M University’s Sustainability Institute, updated us on the Institute’s focus on collaboration, innovation, academics, and service to generate global solutions to sustainability. The Institute’s website is worth checking out: http://sustainability.famu.edu/
August 29, 2016 – Green Drinks: "Keeping Public Lands Public". Susan Cerulean, acclaimed author and strong environmentalist, gave a very compelling talk on why we should be concerned about our stellar system of public lands - why we love our parks, refuges and forests, what threatens them, and why they still need our care and attention. “The budget for the National Wildlife Refuge system is equivalent only to the amount to keep 5 marching bands going in the armed forces….National Parks, forests, refuges, Monuments, and Wilderness areas are our most democratic spaces.”
July 25, 2016 - Green Drinks: "The Making and Merits of Compost". This month’s presentation was by Sundiata Amel-El, founder of Compost Community. Sundiata has been involved in the Tallahassee Food Network for a number of years and helps youth learn entrepreneurship and farming skills at the iGrow Youth Farm in Tallahassee. Best take-aways: Use EM-1 microbial inoculant for a great compost boost, and cook compost at 120-150 degrees.
June 27, 2016 – Green Drinks: "Medicinal Herbs and Edible Plants". Phoenix Fermin, Director of Development for Lichgate Garden on High Road, explained that many weeds and nuisance plants, such as Chickweed, plantain, native wild violets, chaste berry tree, dandelion, Mimosa blooms and inner bark, all provide healing or nutritional benefits. A good resource is http://www.eattheweeds.com/.
May 30, 2016 – Green Drinks: "Local Lakes - their History, Biology, and Ecology". Our speaker was Michael Hill, retired biologist with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish commission, who has been involved in restoring and protecting Florida’s aquatic resources. He explained and showed slides illustrating the natural systems and restoration efforts of Lakes Jackson, Iamonia, Miccosukee, Piney Z (Lafayette), and Munson.
April 25, 2016 – Green Drinks: "Biking as Community". Our speakers Erica Bea Puckett, co-founder of the Joyride Bicycle Collective, S. Scot Benton, Founder of Bicycle House, and Artie White, transportation planner for the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department and Bike TLH, spoke on making biking more accessible and safer for everyone, getting affordable bikes to those who don’t have access to one, and helping people return to biking after a long hiatus. Check our local City/County Bike Route Map.
April 23, 2016 – Healthy Communities Festival. Sustainable Tallahassee’s Kick the Bottled Water Committee set up an exhibit with the Bottled Water Monster to gain attention for the need to reduce the use of commercial single-use bottled water. This annual event is a celebration of Earth Day, hosted by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, and Florida Dept of Environmental Protection. Meet the Bottled Water Monster in this short City video of the event HERE.
April 16-17, 2016 - LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival. In a partnership with LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Sustainable Tallahassee assembled a team to launch the “greening” of this 2-day festival that attracted over 50,000 people. This initiative will lead to creation of a guide for greening local festivals. We also set up several exhibits, including our Community Carbon Fund, Rags2Bags, and Kick Bottled Water. Find out all that was accomplished and see photos and all the fun we had HERE.
March 25, 2016 – Green Drinks: "The Greening of this Year’s LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival on April 16-17". LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts is partnering with Sustainable Tallahassee to provide significant "greening" and reduction of waste for this annual event that ranksin the top 100 of nationwide art shows. Speakers included Jim Davis, ST Executive Director, Paul Hurst, Recycling Coordinator for City of Tallahassee, and Maggie Seketa of Proper Channel. In addition to the City of Tallahassee, we're coordinating with Green Party Events, and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel to accomplish our “greening” activities. Read a March 31, 2016 article in the Tallahassee Democrat about the festival and ST's involvement HERE.
February 29, 2016 - Green Drinks: "Trees in Our Community". Stan Rosenthal, renowned local forester with over 30 years of experience, spoke about the impact of development on trees, the conundrum of how to preserve tree health with urban infill, the proper way to prune trees, and the importance of planting native trees. Even though Tallahassee has more trees now than 50 years ago, there is a need for citizens and our Canopy Roads protection initiatives to stay active.
January 30, 2016 – Wakulla Springs Clean-up. A big group of Sustainable Tallahassee volunteers turned out for a clean-up day at Wakulla Springs State Park, coordinated by ST board member John Leeds. The group worked all morning and enjoyed a free Wakulla River boat ride in the afternoon. More HERE.
January 25, 2016 – Green Drinks: "Rise Above Plastics". Holly Parker, Florida Coordinator of The Surfrider Foundation, brought us up to date on the increasing volume of plastics in our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Surfrider is supporting bills in the Florida legislature that will allow coastal communities up to populations of 100,000 to create pilot programs to ban or regulate plastic bags. Holly is also launching a statewide program to recognize restaurants that are “plastics free”.
January 8, 2016 – Sustainable Tallahassee sponsored the movie “This Changes Everything”, based on Naomi Klein’s book of the same title, shown at the All Saints Cinema. The movie is an inspirational look at climate change and how people can rise up to challenge and halt corporate takeover of land for energy production and mining that destroys our lands and our atmosphere. Naomi Klein narrates the movie – one of her statements is “You are tenants of the land, and if you abuse it the land will evict you.”
December 5 & 6, 2015 - Alternative Christmas Market. This year was the fourth year that Sustainable Tallahassee’s Community Carbon Fund has participated in the Alternative Christmas Market. We are very appreciative of the community support we receive for our Community Carbon fund. HERE is more information about this year’s Alternative Christmas Market.
November 19 2015 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s 8th year annual celebration and annual meeting. This year the program format was a competitive presentation by representatives of the two solar amendments that may be on the ballot in November 2016. It was also our annual business meeting and election of new board members for 2016. Click HERE for details and the new board members who were elected.
November 14, 2015 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s 5th Annual Trash Dash 5K Run. This race is ST’s primary annual fundraiser and each year it gets bigger and better. This year the race was chip-timed, drawing in some really serious competitors along with our local strong as well as weekend casual runners. Perfect weather and great outcomes. More HERE.
October 26, 2015 – Green Drinks: "New Green Infrastructure Programs". Charley Schwartz, PE, discussed two new Green Infrastructure programs in the Tallahassee community. These include new Green Infrastructure educational programs at the Tallahassee Museum (http://tallahasseemuseum.org/?s=green+infrastructure&submit=Go), and the grassroots campaign "Green Infrastructure Alliance of Tallahassee (http://giatally.weebly.com/).
September 28, 2015 – Green Drinks: "City of Tallahassee’s 10 MW Solar Power Plant". The City of Tallahassee utility staff presented a program on the plans and current status of the 10 MW solar project that is to be online by December 2016.
August 31, 2015 – Green Drinks: "Beyond Coal, The Future of Energy in Florida". We were honored to share the evening with Big Bend Sierra Club for this talk by Tim Heberlein, Organizing Representative with the Sierra Club's Florida Chapter. He shared information and comparisons of renewable energy to fossil fuels, and emphasized that municipal owned utilities in Florida are more progressive about renewable energy than Duke and Florida Power and Light.
July 27, 2015 – Green Drinks: "Everybody Eats! How We Benefit by Keeping it Local". Michelle Gomez, a representative of Sustainable Tallahassee and a 2013-2014 Community Catalyst with the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI), spoke about the growing movement that encourages us to take a closer look at where our food comes from, what goes into it and what comes out. We have selected GrassLands Brewery as our new home to host Green Drinks each month.
June 29, 2015 – Green Drinks: "The Tallahassee Time Bank - A Community Resilience Building Network". Carmen Mary Marcous gave a talk that created a lot of interest in the time bank concept. She is a founder and administrative director for the Tallahassee Time Bank. We were hosted by Gabe Grass at his new GrassLands Brewery, a local green business.
May 27, 2015 – Green Drinks: "A Special Night at The Sharing Tree". Thanks to Carly Sinnadurai for hosting Green Drinks at The Sharing Tree. She is the Executive Director of The Sharing Tree, as well as a board member and Chair of Sustainable Tallahassee’s Three R’s Committee. Spread the good word about The Sharing Tree – don’t keep it a secret!
April 29, 2015 – Green Drinks: "Deeply Rooted-21st Century Agriculture in a 19th Century Setting". Lawton “Bud” Chiles, Jr. is building a sustainable farming operation featuring 40 acres of High Bush Blueberries at his family’s farm, Jubilee. He believes our area is ideally suited to develop a food industry around sustainably grown blueberries.
April 25, 2015 – Earth Day Community Celebration: “Healthy Communities Festival”. Sustainable Tallahassee’s Local Foods Coordinator Michelle Gomez participated in coordinating this year’s Earth Day event at Cascades Park with the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
April 18, 2015 – Fun Ride to the Arts. Sustainable Tallahassee’s Alternative Transportation Committee, with the participation of StarMetro, hosted free bus rides from five locations to acquaint our community with bus riding. We rode to the annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Arts Festival downtown and the Southern Shakespeare Festival at Cascades Park.
March 25, 2015 – Green Drinks: "Advocating for Renewable Energy in the Florida Legislature". by Kim Ross, of ReThink Energy Florida. At stake this session are fracking, legislative issues regarding fossil fuels in Florida: fracking, hidden nuclear energy fees, and consumer choice about solar.
March 14, 2015 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sustainable Tallahassee participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, using this opportunity to reach more of our citizens - wearin’ the green to save the green!
March 14, 2015 – Gramlings Centennial Celebration. Sustainable Tallahassee, through our Local Foods Coordinator Michelle Gomez, provided planning support, concept development, and event staffing to help make Gramling's Centennial Celebration a success. It showcased sustainable production through many components of the local food system - farmers, chefs, historians and cottage industry artisans, whose participation is sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee in partnership with Tallahassee and Leon County.
February 28, 2015 – Community Carbon Fund Tree Planting. Sustainable Tallahassee's Community Carbon Fund provided 50 Live Oak Trees for public planting at Leon County's Apalachee Regional Park. The trees will capture many tons of carbon over their lifetime. Leon County’s Parks and Recreation Department pre-dug the holes and provided underground irrigation.
February 25, 2015 – Green Drinks: "Advocating for a Climate Solution via a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend". Our speaker was LucyAnn Walker-Fraser, member of the local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, which is a national organization that advocates for climate change policy and legislation.
January 28, 2015 – Green Drinks: "Sustainability Institute at FAMU is Advancing Sustainability". Our speakers were Dr. Odemari Mbuya, professor in the Division of Agricultural Sciences, and Kathryn Ziewitz, Coordinator of Education and Training Programs for the Sustainability Institute at FAMU.
January 24, 2015 - The 2015 Sustainable Communities Summit – Food for Us. This year’s Sustainable Communities Summit was hosted by Leon County. Sustainable Tallahassee assisted the County in the planning and coordination along with others involved in the food community.
December 6&7, 2014 – Alternative Christmas Market. This year was the third year for Sustainable Tallahassee to have a booth at the Alternative Christmas Market to raise funds for the Community Carbon Fund. Visitors made donations in the name of gift recipients and received calligraphied cards for gift giving. The John Wesley Church has hosted the ACM for 28 years and retains none of the donated funds.
November 13, 2014 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s 7th Year Anniversary Celebration/ Annual Meeting. We celebrated Seven Years since our founding, in conjunction with our Annual Meeting, on November 13. Eric Draper, Executive Director of Florida Audubon, gave a compelling talk on the subject of water in Florida, and we elected new members to our Board of Directors. More details, the list of board members elected, and photos are HERE.
November 8, 2014 – Sustainable Tallahassee’s Trash Dash 5K Run. This year was the fourth year for our 5K run, Sustainable Tallahassee’s major fundraiser, held at the Cross Country Track at the Leon County Regional Park. We thank our sponsors and the runners who make this race more successful each year. For more info and pictures: HERE.
October 29, 2014 – Green Drinks: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Sustainable Tallahassee’s “3 R’s Committee” hosted a presentation on the three elements that are key to reducing our landfill waste: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Speakers were: Carly Sinnadurai, Executive Director of The Sharing Tree, Jon Hinkle, Donations Director, ECHO, and Paul Hurst, with the City of Tallahassee’s Solid Waste Department.
October 25, 2014 – Downtown Fun Ride. Our Alternative Transportation Committee teamed up with StarMetro to host free bus rides, starting at three different bus stops and all meeting up at C.K. Steele Plaza, where we learned more about bus riding and took a downtown walking tour. The reviews were excellent and we’ll do more of these! More details HERE.
September 24, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Riding the Bus". Charles Main of StarMetro was the speaker at this meeting that featured Sustainable Tallahassee’s Alternative Transportation Committee. Representatives of ST and StarMetro were available to help attendees with bus trip planning. The committee will host a bus riding event on Saturday October 25 to introduce bus riding to those who haven’t tried it.
August 27, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Our Impact on Wakulla Springs". The meeting topic was the connections between man’s activities on the land surface and the groundwater impacts at Wakulla Springs. John Buss, Manager of Water Resources Engineering for the City of Tallahassee, gave a very informative talk with statistics and slides on what has been done and the remaining needs.
July 30, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Community Solar Power". Our speakers were Walter Borden, Vice President of Business Development for the southeastern region of the US for Clean Energy Collective, and Tom Cordi, Assistant Laboratory Director for Business Administration at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at FSU. Tom is a member of Sustainable Tallahassee’s Board of Directors and serves on our Renewable Energy Advocacy Committee.
June 25, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Transportation in our Community". Our speaker was Jeff Horton, the Executive Director of Commuter Services of North Florida – an 8-county commuter program funded by the Florida Dept. of Transportation. He is also Director of the Marketing Institute at the FSU's College of Business, specializing in market research, strategic planning, and professional development for transportation organizations across the country.
June 12, 2014 – Match Day. We participated in Match day, a “FindLearnGive.org” initiative of the Community Foundation of North Florida to raise funds for our Community Carbon Fund. Thanks to all our wonderful supporters we not only earned the maximum $1,000 match from the Foundation, we also earned a $500 incentive for having the most contributors during the noon time slot. Our total contributions for Match Day were $7,783.00 that we will use to fund energy saving projects for non-profit organizations that serve the disadvantaged.
May 28, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Community Carbon Fund and Eco Teams". We’re often asked about these two programs, how they work and what they accomplish. This month Debbie Gibson, chair of the Community Carbon Fund, and Daniel Parker, EcoTeams coordinator, each gave a presentation that provided the answers and inspiration for participating. It was a good introduction for our Carbon Fund's appeal for donations on the Community Foundation of North Florida’s Match Day, June 12.
April 30, 2014 – Green Drinks: "The Increasing Shortage of Fresh Water in the World and the Resulting Consequences". Dr. Ray Bellamy gave a very compelling and informative talk on this subject and the pressing need for governments to take action now and make this issue the number one priority for our survival. Dr. Bellamy is an orthopedic surgeon and is active with the Climate Reality Project - Al Gore's organization to educate the world about global warming.
March 26, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Frenchtown Heritage Marketplace" Members of the Frenchtown Heritage Marketplace (FHM) Action Team told us of plans to establish a consistent, all-weather marketplace in Frenchtown that provides access to locally-sourced produce, health and heritage education, and economic opportunity for residents and the broader community. Speakers were Jim Bellamy, president of the Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, Miaisha Mitchell, executive director of the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council, Nathan Ballentine, iGrow Youth Farm Coordinator and co-founder of Tallahassee Food Network, and Michelle Gomez, Community Catalyst with Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI). This marketplace will be an important addition to Frenchtown and our growing sustainable community.
February 26, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Florida’s Wildflower Program Procedure". Jeff Norcini’s presentation acquainted us with the history of wildflower protection in Florida and the FL Dept of Transportation’s new Wildflower Program Procedure that was implemented in cooperation with the Florida Wildflower Foundation on behalf of the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance and the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
January 29, 2014 – Green Drinks: "Fossil Fuel Divestment, Creating Political Space for Humanity to be Heard on Climate Change". Pam McVety spoke about how hundreds of organizations from universities to churches around the world are divesting from fossil fuel holdings to get the attention of Congress and the industry, that climate change is a real and an extremely serious issue that must be addressed. She is a biologist who has led initiatives on water policy, marine endangered species, coastal issues, ecosystem management, marine science, and climate change.
January 27 & 28, 2014– Sustainable YOU 2014 Summit: The Power of Collaboration by the City of Tallahassee. We contributed speakers for these breakout sessions: “Frenchtown Fresh Challenge: A Cooperative Model for Community Markets”, “Essentials for Positive Partnerships and Activism”, “Community Solar Power: The Power of Collaboration to Promote a Sustainable Energy Future”, “Streamlined Solar PV Permitting: A Sustainable Tallahassee-League of Women Voters Collaboration”, and “Community Supported Enterprises: Investing Locally.” We also provided volunteers as facilitators for many of the breakout sessions.
January 25, 2014 – Arbor Day Tree Planting with 110 Live Oak Trees Donated by ST’s Community Carbon Fund. In addition to projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions and save utility costs for non-profits that serve the underserved, our Community Carbon Fund also promotes sequestration of carbon. Read More about our donation of 110 live oak trees for this year’s Arbor Day community event.
December 7 & 8, 2013 – Alternative Christmas Market. This was Sustainable Tallahassee’s second year to participate in the Alternative Christmas Market, with a booth for gift donations to the Community Carbon Fund. Over 30 non-profit organizations participated to give our community a non-commercial gift alternative that will help those who are disadvantaged.
November 21, 2013 – Sixth Year Sustainable Tallahassee Celebration and Annual Meeting. We celebrated Sustainable Tallahassee’s sixth anniversary and our successes of the past year with a great evening at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Included were entertainment by Dale Crider, an excellent talk by Estus Whitfield, great food, and election of new Board Members. Take a look at more details and photos.
November 16, 2013 – Third Annual Trash Dash 5K Run. Our third annual Trash Dash attracted 145 runners and was held on Leon County’s brand new cross country course at the Apalachee Regional Park on Apalachee Parkway. This year’s Trash Dash was Sustainable Tallahassee’s most successful fund raiser ever – thanks to our generous sponsors. Visit our Trash Dash page for our sponsors, photos, and more about this event.
October 30, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Advancements in Energy Efficient Construction". Steven Service was our speaker about up to date methods of energy efficient home construction. His presentation was about a new home built with a 7K photovoltaic solar system, insulated concrete formed walls, metal roof, geothermal heating/cooling, rainwater collection system, and spray foam insulation.
October 3, 2013 – Whole Foods benefit for Sustainable Tallahassee. Whole Foods hosted a pre-opening benefit for Sustainable Tallahassee. 250 people enjoyed barbecue, music, and drinks under tents on the Whole Foods property, and all proceeds were donated to Sustainable Tallahassee! We are deeply appreciative of Whole Foods' commitment to sustainability and for honoring Sustainable Tallahassee. See the photos and MORE about this event.
September 26, 2013 – Sustainable Tallahassee honored by Big Bend Homeless Coalition. Our Community Carbon Fund was recognized as a “Champion of Hope” at the Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s annual fundraiser banquet. For photos and more about this event, click HERE.
September 25, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Seven Days of Local Delights". Claire Mitchell, the Marketing Manager for the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, spoke about the local food movement and the Seven Days of Local Delights which begins with New Leaf Market’s 6th Annual Farm Tour on October 19 and includes more than 15 local food events during the following week. This is the first year for the Seven Days event, a celebration to bring attention to local foods and farms, local markets, local composting, and the restaurants that use local produce.
August 28, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Visit from an Electric Bus". Star Metro has launched five electric buses in Tallahassee, making our city the first in Florida and first in the eastern US to have a fleet of fast-charge electric buses! Ralph Wilder of Star Metro and Michael Hennessy of Proterra gave us a very impressive description of the buses and the fast-charge station - along with a ride! We have more details and photos HERE.
July 31, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Petroleum Released by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill". Our speaker was Dr. Amy McKenna, a petroleum chemist with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, who was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study and address the degradation of petroleum released in the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. She made an informative and interesting presentation on the molecular identification of various types of oil, the effect of dispersant chemicals used on the spill, and the benefits of this study to improve the knowledge of the behavior of oil in the Gulf and how to better respond to spills in the future.
June 26, 2013 – Green Drinks: A “No Waste Summer!” Kim Wiley’s family of five had a “no waste summer” in 2012 and they’re doing it again in 2013. They evaluated packaging with every purchase, recycled, composted, and then creatively reused most non-recyclables, ending the summer with only one small bag for the landfill. Their research and resources included the Leon County Waste Management Facility, Terracycle, Freecycle, Network of Need, Publix recycle bins, and neighborhood Facebook page. We congratulate the Wiley family for not just talking about their commitment to sustainability, but actually doing it - and telling us how we can do it in our homes. Their experience was later publicized in a February 2014 "Greening Our Community" blog.
June 4, 2013 – EcoTeams Celebration. Those interested in EcoTeams and present and past team members gathered at the Leon County Extension Service for dinner, gift presentations, and a Sustainability Project Challenge. It was interesting, innovative, competitive - and fun! Daniel Parker and Tom Taylor organized and facilitated this event which was hosted in conjunction with the ongoing “EcoTeams” project sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee and co-funded by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee. For more details and photos of this event, click HERE.
May 29, 2013 – Green Drinks: "An Economist’s View of Resource Consumption, Population, and Climate". Our speaker was Dr. Tim Lynch who spoke on population growth, energy and resource consumption, the impact on climate, and what we can do at the local level. He served for many years as the Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University and as Economics Adjunct Professor teaching in Economics, Political Science, and Urban Planning. He has special interests in the areas of international economics, health care, environmental, energy, and transportation economics.
May 7, 2013 - Understanding our Local Mobility Options. Presentations at this program were about Tallahassee and Leon County’s actions toward making transportation about people and not just about automobiles, about Tallahassee’s new all-electric buses, and about the focus on bike and pedestrian mobility. The speakers were Harry Reed, Executive Director of the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency, Ivan Maldonado, Director of Star Metro, Megan Doherty, Transportation Planner with the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, and Chuck Goodheart, with City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs. This event was one of four special programs hosted in conjunction with the ongoing “EcoTeams” project sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee and co-funded by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.
April 24, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Water Resource Sustainability". Our speaker was Jennifer Cherrier who is an Associate Professor in the School of the Environment at Florida A&M University where she teaches and conducts research. Working with her doctoral students, she has developed the next generation of water drainage basins and rain gardens that will more efficiently remove contaminants and yield cleaner water. There are several projects underway and a patent pending. This may be a significant contribution to the quality of our water resources.
April 23, 2013 - A Look into our Community’s Energy Future. This program consisted of experts knowledgeable about our local sources and delivery of electricity. The speakers were Michael Ohlsen, CEM, City of Tallahassee Utilities, Barry Moline, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association, and Dan Ard, who is responsible for energy conservation with Talquin Electric Cooperative. This event was one of four special programs hosted in conjunction with the ongoing “EcoTeams” project sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee and co-funded by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.
April 11, 2013 – Marketing Your Green Business Workshop. In partnership with the FAMU Small Business Development Center and the Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Tallahassee conducted this workshop on target market selection, competitive analysis, developing your value proposition, and promotion. It was led by Chris Workman, Sustainable Tallahassee board member.
April 9, 2013 – Understanding Our Local World of Waste. This program consisted of a panel of local experts to discuss the cost consequences of what we bury, what options there are for re-use, what happens to the stuff we recycle, and why waste is such a big deal. The speakers were Robert Mills, Leon County Director of Solid Waste, Paul Hurst, City of Tallahassee Recycle Coordinator, and Nancy Paul, General Manager, Marpan Recycling. This event was one of four special programs hosted in conjunction with the ongoing “EcoTeams” project sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee and co-funded by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.
April 4, 2013 – Sustainable Business Development Workshop. In partnership with the FAMU Small Business Development Center and the Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Tallahassee conducted this workshop for new or existing business owners who wish to engage in green products or services. It was led by Chris Workman, Sustainable Tallahassee board member.
March 27, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Local Alternative Transportation". At our March Green Drinks Tom Clark spoke on “Making Your Car Optional”. He’s a veteran of local transportation alternatives – for the past three years Tom has regularly walked 4 miles to work and ridden the bus home. He shared his personal experiences and his personal inspirations – and how to make alternative transportation work for us.
March 26, 2013 – Understanding Our Local Water World. This evening program consisted of a panel of local water experts to discuss where our water comes from, its vulnerability to pollution and depletion, and the status of efforts to protect it. Speakers were Harley Means, Florida Geological Survey, Hal Davis, US Geological Survey (retired), and Dan Pennington, 1000 Friends of Florida. This event was one of four special programs hosted in conjunction with the ongoing “EcoTeams” project sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee and co-funded by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee. Videos of the speakers' presentations are available on our EcoTeams Resources page.
February 27, 2013 – Green Drinks: "Publix’s Sustainable Practices". Kim Brunson, Publix Corporate Recycling Coordinator, was the speaker at our February Green Drinks. Kim’s job is to assure the company's corporate focus on sustainability is carried out at each of the 1,000+ Publix stores, and she had impressive details to share. To learn more, and to see the results of Publix’s sustainability programs, visit: http://sustainability.publix.com/get_into_a_green_routine/get_into_a_green_routine.php. Contact Kim at Kim.Brunson@publix.com
February 9, 2013 – New Leaf Market’s Wine and Cheese Benefit for Sustainable Tallahassee. More than 100 people attended New Leaf Market's benefit for Sustainable Tallahassee! There were many fine wines and wonderful cheeses from Sweetgrass Dairy to sample. We are indebted to New Leaf for this wonderful honor and for the donation Sustainable Tallahassee received from this event, and we especially thank Cristin Burns and the New Leaf Market board of directors for your support. Click HERE for more details and photos.
January 30, 2013 – Annual Meeting
December 1 and 2, 2012 – Alternative Christmas Market. Sustainable Tallahassee participated in the Alternative Christmas Market to join more than 30 other non-profits that serve those in need and to raise funds for the Community Carbon Fund. To learn more and see pictures of this successful and heart-warming event click HERE.
November 28, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Rainbow Rehab and LEED Award". The local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council joined Sustainable Tallahassee for a joint meeting at November's Green Drinks to award a “LEED for Homes Gold” certification to Buddy Holshouser, President of Rainbow Rehab, and the team involved in this project. This Green Home Renovation was a collaboration between Sustainable Tallahassee and Rainbow Rehab, Inc. For information about this project, including photos and an excellent video produced by FSU, click HERE.
November 14, 2012 – Fifth Year Anniversary Reception. Sustainable Tallahassee’s fifth year anniversary reception was held at the Tallahassee Garden Club Center, with 103 people attending. Executive Director Stew Parsons led a “We Were There” program with panelists Mark O’Bryant, Todd Sperry, Nolia Brandt, Bill Berlow, and Commissioner Kristen Dozier, who were among the original founders of Greenovation which became Sustainable Tallahassee. Following the panel were updates on current initiatives: Steve Urse spoke about the Carbon Fund, Tom Taylor spoke about EcoTeams, and Paul Hurst gave an update on community recycling. Click HERE for photos, event sponsors, and details.
November 10, 2012 – Trash Dash Fundraiser for Sustainable Tallahassee Sustainable Tallahassee and Leon County Recycling hosted America Recycles Day with a 5K TRASH DASH at the Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility, which was Sustainable Tallahassee’s 2012 fund raiser. We had 98 runners on a track over hills and valleys of what was formerly the Leon County Landfill. The day started out chilly but was bright and sunny - a perfect fall event! Click HERE for photos, race winners, event sponsors, and more details.
October 31, 2012 – 2012 Sustainable Communities Summit. Sustainable Tallahassee assisted with Leon County’s 2012 Sustainable Communities Summit by participating in the pre-event planning process and providing volunteers to host each breakout session.
October 24, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Bing Energy and Fuel Cells". The October Green Drinks program featured a program by BING ENERGY, a local company which won first place in Sustainable Florida's 2012 "Best Practices" competition in the Small Business category. Bing uses nanotechnology to produce a dramatically better PEM fuel cell, which operates with greater efficiency and will save energy and reduce costs and emissions. For information about Bing Energy: www.bingenergyinc.com
September 26, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Florida's Water & Land Legacy, and To the Village Square". Two speakers made presentations. Aliki Moncrief, representing Florida’s Water and Land Legacy campaign, gave us a presentation about an initiative to launch a major constitutional amendment campaign for the November 2014 ballot. The amendment would dedicate funding for water and land conservation, management, and restoration for the next 20 years to protect the cherished places that make Florida special. Liz Joyner of To The Village Square gave us an overview of the Tallahassee Wiki and how we can use this medium to further the message of Sustainable Tallahassee. Thanks to Tom Taylor, member of ST’s Board of Directors, we already have a page in the Tallahassee Wiki: http://tallahasseewiki.org/
August 29, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Tour of new Sheraton Four Points Hotel". August’s GREEN DRINKS was a tour of the new Sheraton Four Points Hotel – the FORMER ROUND HOLIDAY INN. The new owners completely gutted and revamped the hotel and have taken steps toward achieving the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED status.
June 27, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Bee Keeping". Sherri Kraeft, 4-H Agent in Wakulla County, spoke about basic bee physiology, bee behavior, pollination, beekeeping equipment and building, honey extraction and a general appreciation and love for bees and their role in our environment and in sustainable agriculture. She brought bee colonies for display and honey samples for sharing.
May 30, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Wakulla Springs & Florida's Water". Jim Stevenson, former chair of the Florida Springs Task Force has been the chief biologist for the State Parks System for 20 years. He discussed the health of Florida’s springs and provided information and maps showing the Wakulla Springs basin and the effects of pollution.
April 25, 2012 - Green Drinks: "A Local LEED Certified Home". Mark Powell shared his experiences building a LEED certified home that features a solar photovoltaic system, solar water heater, and many energy reducing features.
March 28, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Local Green Businesses". The speakers this month were green business owners Jack Diestelhorst and Marc Dick. Jack Diestlehorst discussed and demonstrated energy-saving products available on the www.GreenEnergyGreenEarth.com website. Marc Dick represents Eco $mart, www.EcoSmartInc.com, a One Stop Green Construction and Remodeling Supply company that sells products to contractors.
February 29, 2012 - Green Drinks: "Local Food Production". Claire Mitchell of Green Industries presented the importance of local food and gave an introduction to the Tallahassee food system in reference to area farms, markets, and agriculture education. She also talked about the programs and future goals of Green Industries.
January 25, 2012 - Sustainable Tallahassee's Annual Meeting. In our annual meeting, we recapped 2011 accomplishments, introduced the plans for 2012 and enjoyed conversation and networking. This year’s mission is to promote "environmental stewardship through education and economic development."
November 30, 2011 - Green Drinks: "Highway Roadsides and Wildflowers" Jeff Caster, landscape architect with DOT, made a presentation on "Conservation and Beautification along Florida Roadsides", Florida's program to beautify highway right-of-ways with wildflowers and other plantings.
November 19, 2011 - Sustainable Tallahassee's first Trash Dash. Sustainable Tallahassee’s 5K run was our 2011 fund raiser and was an event in Leon County’s celebration of America Recycles Day - events, educational booths, food and fun. The race course took place at the Leon County Solid Waste facility on Apalachee Parkway. Leon County has converted the landfill into a community activity area.
October 26, 2011 - Green Drinks: "Solar Farm Plans for Gadsden County". Felix Llevada of National Solar Power and David Gardner, Executive Director of Gadsden County Economic Development Council, discussed plans for the Gadsden County Solar Farm.
September 28, 2011 - Green Drinks: "City of Tallahassee's Sustainability Initiatives". The program featured John Baker from the City of Tallahassee Environmental Policies & Energy Resources Department (EPER) who provided information about the City's recently developed Sustainability Initiatives. County Commissioner Kristin Dozier provided information on the upcoming Farm Tours sponsored by New Leaf Market.
August 31 2011 - Green Drinks: "TCC's Florida Green Academy". Marc Dick made a presentation about TCC's Florida Green Academy. Also, Tammie from All-Pro Landscaping gave an update about the Southwood Community Garden. For more on the Florida Green Academy, click HERE to read Marc's February 2013 "Greening Our Community" article.
Yes, there were regular events back to the beginning of Sustainable Tallahassee, but when it comes to updating a website, you have to start somewhere!!