What is the Community Carbon Fund?
What is the mission of the Sustainable Tallahassee Community Carbon Fund?
Why is the ST Community Carbon Fund needed?
Why is the ST Community Carbon Fund important to the Tallahassee community?
Who really benefits from the ST Community Carbon Fund?
Who founded the ST Community Carbon Fund?
What is carbon reduction?
Do people have to pay to reduce all their CO2 pollution?
How is donating to the ST Community Carbon Fund different than buying traditional carbon offsets?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
What types of projects are funded by the ST Community Carbon Fund?
How are projects selected for funding?
How can organizations apply for funding?
How much of a donation goes directly to fund projects?
How will the ST Community Carbon Fund estimate how much CO2 pollution will be reduced?
The Community Carbon Fund, a donor advised fund at Sustainable Tallahassee, Inc., 501(c)(3), breaks new ground in the carbon reduction market. It is a community-based, open-access carbon reduction fund. The Fund offers a structured, highly transparent option for the public to easily play a role in reducing carbon emissions by supporting local community projects that foster positive economic, social and environmental development.
Anyone - individuals, organizations and businesses - can contribute to the Community Carbon Fund to reduce their carbon emissions from personal or business behaviors including traveling, commuting and home/business utilities usage.
The mission of the ST Community Carbon Fund is to sponsor the formation and implementation of local carbon reduction projects that help foster economic development, social well-being and environmental stewardship in the Tallahassee area.
As a result of their consumption patterns, Americans annually emit more than 7.5 billion tons of carbon, contributing to a global increase in temperature, rise in sea level and dramatic changes in climate and weather patterns. These effects are cause for concern and action. As more individuals and corporations around the globe are motivated - either by personal passion or regulation - to be better stewards of the environment, reducing carbon emissions has become a viable choice for citizens or businesses to undertake.
The Community Carbon Fund allows donors to "think globally, green locally." Contributions not only support action steps to reduce carbon emissions in the Tallahassee area, they enhance the economic and social health of the local community. Tallahassee donors can be assured their contributions are making positive change happen in their own backyard.
Everyone benefits. The Community Carbon Fund originated to help combat the harmful impact of carbon emissions in the Tallahassee region and on the environment worldwide, which in the end, has positive, global benefits for all. Locally, many parties benefit. Donors are able to reduce their carbon footprint in a quick, easy, and ethical way. Organizations granted funds use the money to not only sustain their missions but also effectively reach out and help their target audiences. Finally, the Tallahassee area benefits because funds are given directly to projects in the region, stimulating economic development, creating jobs and improving the community's environmental health.
The ST Community Carbon Fund represents collaboration at its best. Supportive of one mission, the unique partnerships at the Community Carbon Fund work to stimulate economic development through environmental programs and stewardship. The fund concept originated with Sustainable Tallahassee, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Carbon reduction projects lower the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. These types of projects may be used to counterbalance or compensate for other environmentally harmful emissions activities. To be a legitimate reduction, the project cannot be a "business-as-usual" activity - an activity that would have occurred anyway.
No. However, anyone can use the carbon calculator on the Community Carbon Fund's website to better understand their contribution to climate change and to inform their donation decision to the Community Carbon Fund. All or any portion can be contributed at any time.
Donating to the Community Carbon Fund is different than buying conventional 'carbon offsets' for several reasons. Contributions to the Fund go to local projects overseen by non-profit organizations throughout the Tallahassee area that would not have happened or would not have happened the same way without this funding. To reduce administrative fees, the Community Carbon Fund has chosen not to certify and retire the carbon emissions reductions that result from the funded projects.
Since Sustainable Tallahassee, Inc. is a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code, section 501c3. Contributions are generally tax-deductible. Contributors should consult their own tax advisor about their specific situation.
The ST Community Carbon Fund benefits local carbon reduction projects that foster economic development in Tallahassee communities. Projects such as solar applications, home energy efficiency retrofits, vehicle conversions to alternative fuels, tree planting and other greenhouse gas reduction initiatives may be selected for funding.
All proposed projects will go through a process similar to that of typical grant proposals. An Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the Carbon Fund Steering Committee as well as academics and professionals with relevant expertise will make funding recommendations to be approved by the Sustainable Tallahassee Board of Directors. Projects will be considered based on a range of metrics, including cost per metric ton of CO2 reduced, collateral social and economic benefits, location, track record of the non-profit organization and number of people served.
Periodically notices to apply for funding will be published on this Sustainable Tallahassee website.
The ST Community Carbon Fund is committed to making sure that as much of a donation as possible goes directly to projects. In developing and launching the Fund, in-kind contributions of time and expertise have been solicited from partnering organizations whenever possible. More specific information about this will be provided upon the announcement of the Fund's projects.
The ST Community Carbon Fund's Advisory Committee will work with potential applicants to calculate and validate the expected carbon reduction from each proposed project. These CO2 estimates will follow the best available greenhouse gas accounting principles. All calculations will be made as transparent as possible. In fact, one of the goals of the ST Community Carbon Fund is to equip local non-profit organizations with the tools to accurately calculate the carbon reduction benefits of their projects.