Sustainable Tallahassee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the Federal IRS code and is registered with the State of Florida as a charitable organization. We are an approved non-profit with the Community Foundation of North Florida. You may access our profile with the Foundation at: https://findlearngive.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1127600.
Sustainable Tallahassee promotes environmental stewardship and economic development through education and collaboration.
To be an organization that empowers all citizens to participate in creating a world-class sustainable community to meet the needs of present and future generations.
In 2007, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation selected Tallahassee as a location for a pilot project called the Knight Creative Communities Initiative (KCCI). It involved selecting 30-35 Tallahassee residents to participate as “Community Catalysts” in an intensive training workshop. These “Community Catalysts” were then challenged to develop and implement ideas that would improve Tallahassee’s “sense of place.” (https://kccitallahassee.com/)
One of the KCCI inaugural projects that first year was “Greenovation”. The Greenovation Catalyst team developed a goal that Tallahassee could become a more environmentally conscious city and function as a catalyst for stimulating green industry and green collar jobs.
The Greenovation Catalyst team initiated projects such as Tallahassee’s first Park and Ride program and a recycling program called iRecycle that was rolled out in Leon County Schools in August 2007.
The public response was so enthusiastic that the following year Greenovation formally incorporated as a non-profit and adopted the name Sustainable Tallahassee.
Our founding team included Bill Berlow, writer for The Tallahassee Democrat who later affiliated with Leon County Schools,, Mark O’Bryant, CEO of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Nolia Brandt, PhD and owner of Brandt Information Services, David Byrne, with the City of Tallahassee utilities division, Mike McManus, with the Nature Conservancy, Todd Sperry, a commercial builder, Kathy Bartlett with SunTrust Bank, Frank Mayernick, a legislative consultant, and Kristin Dozier, Vice President of Mad Dog Construction who became Sustainable Tallahassee's first President and later became a Leon County Commissioner.
Receiving a significant grant from the Knight Foundation in 2009 allowed our fledgling organization to establish and furnish an office and hire an executive director. And thanks to the generosity of Kim Williams of Marpan, we were able to create a website.
Each year since 2007 there have been new KCCI Community Catalyst teams and projects. Sustainable Tallahassee is one of only a few that have incorporated and have continued to thrive. Our programs and projects keep growing as we seek new opportunities to make our Tallahassee regional community a sustainable place for today and for future generations.