Statement on the "City of Tallahassee explores using renewable natural gas" article published August 23, 2021
August 27, 2021
Sustainable Tallahassee's Greening Our Community column of the Tallahassee Democrat has long been a space to share information and create dialogue around all issues related to sustainability in our community. We have made this space available for any relevant topic, and while we do review each article before publication, our primary purpose has always been to inform rather than advocate. The information provided in this week's article titled "City of Tallahassee explores using renewable natural gas", written by a City representative, has sparked controversy not only over the term "renewable natural gas" but also our decision to publish views that many clean energy groups in our area oppose, and some have even called for a retraction of the article. We stand by our decision to hold our forum open to community members, including government representatives who are sharing views that have a direct impact on the future of Tallahassee, and we do not feel that a retraction would be appropriate. However, because our foremost priority is providing educational resources to the public, we believe that it is important to understand all viewpoints regarding renewable natural gas and the future policies affecting our community. Therefore, we will publish a follow up article in the coming weeks that will represent the opposition to renewable natural gas. We will also add a disclaimer to select articles published under our column to make it abundantly clear that the views and opinions expressed within are not necessarily our own.
We are grateful for our community, our members, and our partners, and we will continue to carry out our vision as an organization that empowers all citizens to participate in creating a world-class sustainable community to meet the needs of present and future generations. This vision is more important now than ever, and being a steward of open discussion is just one way Sustainable Tallahassee serves us all.
Shawn Youngblood, PhD
President, Board of Directors
OLIVIA'S TREE FUND As part of a family tradition, Olivia Ingram makes a donation on her birthday each year to a local non-profit organization so that she will always be mindful that it is a blessing to give as well as receive. Using proceeds from her lemonade stand, she donated $500 to Sustainable Tallahassee to plant trees in our community.
Sustainable Tallahassee leads tree planting efforts in the community, including 100 oaks several years ago at the J.R. Alford Greenway. Olivia’s donation sparked the desire to make this a recurring event. Thus was born Olivia’s Tree Fund. This year we raised $1,000 that will be used to match donations to this fund. Its focus will be on tree planting, habitat restoration, and similar beautification projects in the Tallahassee area.
Let's reduce the use of plastic shopping bags!
Our focus is to reduce the use of plastic bags by educating the public about the environmental consequences of single-use plastic bags. We do that by making and giving away shopping bags that we make ourselves from donated fabric. The bags are FREE for everyone! You're invited to join the group for good company and the chance to become part of this fun and funky reusable bag movement. If you're a novice, you’ll easily learn how to sew a basic fabric bag with braided handles (the hallmark of these bags). If you're an experienced sewer you can jump right into bag production.
You can access the instructions HERE.
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Mission: Sustainable Tallahassee accelerates the community’s transition to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Vision: 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. We do this by providing educational resources, fostering community networks, and demonstrating equitable and inclusive practices.
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