Achievements & awards

Public Servant of The Year 2017-2018 by Council of Neighborhood Associations

Sustainable Tallahassee was honored to be awarded the 2017-2018 CONA Public Servant of the Year for our focus to engage neighborhoods.  One of our big initiatives this year was to reach out to neighborhoods in an effort to promote how to be more sustainable - by creating a Sustainable Neighborhood of the Year award, which was given at the CONA/Leon County/City of Tallahassee Neighborhoods of the Year awards reception.  

ReThink Energy Florida's Energy Innovator Award, June, 2018

Sustainable Tallahassee's Geen4Tally program won ReThink Energy Florida's Energy Innovator Award for 2018.  Green4Tally focuses on working with businesses to help them "green" their operations - increasing efficiencies and reducing single-use plastics, waste, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycle Florida Today Environmental Sustainability Award for Outstanding Recycling Program or Event, 2017

Winning this statewide award given by Recycle Florida Today was a significant achievement for Sustainable Tallahassee.  Our entry in the competition was prepared by our summer interns, showcasing the "greening" of the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival.  We're proud of the great submission they created - click HERE to see it!

Senior Talent Show winner, 2016

Our Rags2Bags team was the winner of the Tallahassee Senior Center's Senior Talent Show.  The team enlisted seniors to sew bags made of donated fabric and taught less-able seniors to braid handles for the bags.  This collaboration has proved beneficial to both the Senior Center and to our efforts to make shopping bags to encourage their use instead of single-use plastic bags.

Rethink Energy FLorida's Energy Innovator Award, June, 2016

Sustainable Tallahassee's Rags2Bags team won the 2016 Energy Innovator award by ReThink Energy, Florida.  They were nominated for their project to make reusable shopping bags from donated fabric, and giving the bags away for shoppers to use in place of retailers' single-use plastic bags.  Each bag contains a printed message about the fossil fuel and other reasons to skip using retailers' plastic bags. Read more about our Rags2Bags initiative HERE.

Tallahassee Democrat Volunteer of the Year Award, NonProfit Group Category, 2016

As part of a long standing tradition, the Tallahassee  Democrat newspaper "recognizes local volunteers who have poured selfless service into the capital city's community to make it a better place."  This Non-profit Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Sustainable Tallahassee at the 38th Annual Volunteers of the Year Award ceremony on May 5, 2016.

Sustainable Florida - 18th Annual Best Practice Awards: Sustainable Non-Profit Award, October, 2015

Sustainable Tallahassee’s Community Carbon Fund was the winner of the “Sustainable Non-Profit Award” at Sustainable Florida’s statewide conference on October 2. Best Practices awards are given annually by Sustainable Florida and winners are determined by a panel review. Congratulations to all who are responsible for this achievement, including Debbie Gibson, Steve Urse, Pam McVety, Bob Henderson, and Steven Service, as well as the building audit and evaluation support staff from the City of Tallahassee. 

Big Bend Homeless Coalition's "Champions of Hope" award, September, 2013  

This award was given to Sustainable Tallahassee for the energy efficiency, carbon reducing, and money saving projects our Community Carbon Fund implemented at the Big Bend Homeless Coalition. Congratulations to our hard working Community Carbon Fund committee for this recognition and for the hard work they did.  Learn more and see a video of the committee's accomplishments at Big Bend Homeless Coalition HERE.

LEED Award Partnership with Rainbow Rehab, November, 2012

Sustainable Tallahassee partnered with Rainbow Rehab to rehabilitate a 1939 house with an army of volunteers, to bring it to LEED standards.  The project began in 2009, and the LEED certification was awarded To Rainbow Rehab and the homeowner at Green Drinks in November, 2012.  It's a great story of community partnership with a significant result.  See the details and an excellent video of the project HERE.

Knight Foundation Grant, 2009 

This significant grant from the Knight Foundation, awarded early in Sustainable Tallahassee's existence, provided start-up funds for office rental, equipment and furniture purchase, marketing, and salary for Executive Directors for our first three years. 

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