programs & Projects
"Greening Our Community" articles, written by Sustainable Tallahassee representatives, are published bi-weekly in The Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper, in both the print edition and as online blogs, since 2012. These articles serve to acquaint the community with Sustainable Tallahassee and our initiatives, and to provide the community with information, challenges, and inspiration about how to be more sustainable as individuals, as organizations or businesses, and as a community. Links to all these articles, including articles written by partner organizations, can be found HERE. To view the articles specifically authored by Sustainable Tallahassee, click HERE.
As far back as 2009, Sustainable Tallahassee has had a monthly newsletter, first named "Good Green News", and renamed "Green Links" in 2018. Our newsletters will keep you up to date on our programs, projects, achievements, and committee activities, as well as providing some features about what sustainability achievements are happening elsewhere. You can find recent issues of our newsletters HERE. Members may access our archived newsletters back to the beginning, by logging in with your email address to access our "Members Only" pages.
Our Community Carbon Fund is a significant and far-reaching program. When you donate to the Carbon Fund, you are assured that the funds you donate will be kept in our community, used to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions locally, and used to benefit local social service agencies that serve the disadvantaged. What a win-win local benefit!
Your donation will be leveraged by Sustainable Tallahassee to accomplish more than the dollar amount of your donation - due to energy rebates and arrangements we can make for discounted or donated materials. You can use our easy Carbon Fund calculator to determine your personal Carbon Footprint, and gear your donation to offset your carbon footprint. Click our Community Carbon Fund page to learn about our successes, our current projects, and how you can support this important program.
Greening Community Events and Festivals
Sustainable Neighborhood of the Year
Kick Bottled Water
The climate crisis that is upon us motivated us to bring stronger public attention to reducing CO2 emissions in transportation. An outcome of these initiatives was establishment of an EV Expo, first held in September, 2018, with the intention to make this an annual event until electric cars become mainstream. Check out the success of our 2018 and our 2019 Expos. The creation of an EV car club grew out of this event and now meets monthly to create interest and exchange information. You'll find the meeting events on our calendar.
In 2011 Sustainable Tallahassee organized and facilitated the Capital Area Sustainability Council (CASC) to bring together organizations that have a community-wide sphere of influence on sustainability. Prior to 2011, few local businesses, governments, and universities had sustainability coordinators, and there was little to no collaboration among those. We are proud that for seven years the council created a synergy and served as a clearing house for the exchange of ideas and information, to promote collaboration and cooperation on sustainability projects and issues, and to eliminate or reduce duplication of effort among the participants. Sustainability has become so mainstream that today the synergy continues without the need for the structure of the council as a facilitation vehicle - an important goal accomplished.
EcoTeams are the most grassroots, and most personal, ways to learn about and adopt more sustainable lifestyles. We started this program in 2012 as a way to involve individuals and small groups to learn together about sustainable life choices. Want your office to reduce waste and stop buying Styrofoam? Start an EcoTeam at work. Wish your neighbors would reduce using pesticides and excess water on lawns? Start a neighborhood EcoTeam. Want your friends or family to stop buying gas guzzling vehicles and bottled water? Start an EcoTeam of friends or family. Want to explore more about sustainability in your civic or religious group? The EcoTeam concept is terrific way to discuss sustainability in groups that already exist. It's easy because we provide all the resources! We'll even coach and help your discussion leader.
The resource information is right here on the Sustainable Tallahassee website, fully available to you at no charge - because we want everyone to have the opportunity to gain the passion for a sustainable lifestyle and a sustainable community. Everything about EcoTeams is HERE.
What does it mean to be a ‘green’ business? Sustainable Tallahassee’s Green Business Committee has created Green4Tally - a Green Business designation. Starting with restaurants in 2018, we aim to educate, acknowledge, and recognize businesses that adopt sustainable practices in their operations. When business owners take the Green4Tally pledge it shows customers they are serious about greening their businesses. Learn more about Green4Tally HERE - and learn more about our Green Business Committee HERE.
One of our newest initiatives, begun in 2018, is a program devoted to reducing the use of plastic straws. The program goal is to "develop, promote, and institute new sustainable practices for reduction of single use plastics, specifically the single use straw." Meetings are posted on our calendar.