programs & Projects

Green Drinks

Green Drinks is our "signature event" - a monthly gathering for everyone interested in learning about and fostering sustainability in our community and our world.  It's both fun and serious: an opportunity to get to know others interested in sustainability, and an opportunity to hear a short program on a relevant topic.  You are invited!  Check our calendar for the next date and location of Green Drinks.  Learn more about Green Drinks HERE.

"GREENING OUR COMMUNITY" ARTICLES

"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.

"GREEN LINKS" - MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

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.

Community Calendar

Our website calendar displays our Sustainable Tallahassee events and those of many other organizations.  Keep a link to our calendar handy to find out about upcoming community events that are sustainable-related.  And if your email editor is Outlook or Mac you’ll be able to download events directly to your own calendar. 

Trash Dash 5K Run

Our annual Trash Dash 5K Cross Country Run was first held in 2011 and serves as our primary fundraiser.  Check out these past Trash Dash events for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 20162017, and 2018.

Community Carbon Fund

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

How many community events do you attend where you'll find Styrofoam plates and cups, plastic utensils, bottled water sales, and overflowing trash cans?  Starting in 2016, Sustainable Tallahassee has coordinated with event sponsors to provide assistance to "green events", several with partners Green Party Events, Leon County, and the City of Tallahassee. These have included the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, The Southern Shakespeare Festival,  Pridefest, and the Turkey Trot run, all together attracting more than 160,000 attendees.  Check out these links for more about some of these events and the accomplishments:

LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival: 201620172018, and 2019 Article: Greening Our Community with two Green Festivals, April, 2017

Sustainable Neighborhood of the Year 

The Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), in partnership with Leon County and the City of Tallahassee, has for many years held an annual Neighborhood of the Year competition.  Starting with the 2017-2018 year, Sustainable Tallahassee now participates in the CONA Neighborhood of the Year competition with an award for "Sustainable Neighborhood of the Year".  

Your neighborhood is invited to apply for this award.  Click HERE for details and the criteria, time-frame, and application form.  

Rags2Bags

The goals of our Rags2Bags program are:  
To reduce the use of fossil fuels
To reduce plastic bag injuries for marine life
To keep trash out of our environment!

Our Rags2Bags team educates and inspires behavior changes by making shopping bags from donated fabric - and giving away the bags with a message about sustainability tucked inside.  By the end of 2017 the team had made and given away over 5,000 bags!  Click HERE to find out more, to join the team, or to donate materials.

Kick Bottled Water

Drink tap, not bottled!  We all know the environmental issues these discarded single-use bottles have caused, not to mention the fossil fuels to create and transport bottles, the cost and energy to recycle them into new products, and the fact that less than 25% get recycled.  Join us to spread the word about this very important issue.  Find out more about our efforts HERE and help our Water Bottle Monster change behaviors!  

EV EXPO and EV CAR CLUB

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 first event HERE.  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. 

Capital Area Sustainability Council

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

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.

GREEN4TALLY

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.

Straw Free Tally

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.

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