Sustainable Tallahassee, Inc.
PO BOX 765
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 765
Telephone (850) 597-9836
Alternate Address 110 N. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Sustainable Tallahassee
Former Names
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 26-2357163
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $60,150.00
Projected Expenses $60,150.00
Mission Statement
Sustainable Tallahassee promotes environmental stewardship and economic development through education and collaboration.
Needs Statement




  1. Initial seed funds to initiate a marketing effort for the Community Carbon Fund Annual Campaign.  Estimated cost $2,500. 
  2. Contributions to the Community Carbon Fund to assist in reaching our goal of $100,000. 
  3. Financial support to enhance recently initiated programs in the areas of renewable energy, alternative transportation and support of local “green” businesses. 
  4. Financial support for education and outreach to the community to further sustainability in our focus on water, waste, energy, transportation, food, and consumption.



Impact Statement





  1. COMMUNITY CARBON FUND: Five projects completed during the past year represent a major accomplishment with grants awarded to Elder Care Services, Refuge House, Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Boys & Girls Club and Lutheran Social Services resulted in significant energy savings and operating cost reductions.  The fund also gifted 110 live oak trees for Arbor Day 2014 and participated in the public planting. 
  2. NEW INITIATIVES:  New committee initiatives were created: Renewable Energy Advocacy and Alternative Transportation. 
  3. ECOTEAMS: Under contract with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County a series of EcoTeam discussion groups were organized focusing on sustainability issues in the areas of Energy, Water, Solid Waste & Transportation. 
  4. GREEN BUSINESS WORKSHOPS: We conducted a“Sustainable Business Workshop” and “Marketing Your Green Business Workshop”. 
  5. ANNUAL MEETING /CELEBRATION: A successful Annual Meeting and celebration was held in November which attracted over 100 people.






  1. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Recruit and hire an Executive Director to carry out the functions which have been performed by a volunteer E.D. over the past three years. 
  2. COMMUNITY CARBON FUND ANNUAL CAMPAIGN: Conduct a successful targeted Community Carbon Fund Annual Campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 so we can achieve greater energy & utility cost needs of non-profit organizations.
  3. VOLUNTEERS: Increase the number of participating volunteers to expand our focus on Energy, Water, Solid Waste, Transportation, Food, and Consumption.
  4. RENEWABLE ENERGY: Create a workable plan to facilitate a significant increase in renewable energy power production through a community solar garden and/or residential and business solar power installation.
  5. ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION: Create and carry out goals to increase public participation in bus and bike ridership and carpooling.




Background Statement

Sustainable Tallahassee began in 2007 as “Greenovation”, one of four community catalyst teams selected by the Knight Creative Communities Initiative to establish a broad community vision and promote economic prosperity in the region. The early organizers included Kristen Dozier, Mark O’Bryant, Mike Pate, Todd Sperry, Nolia Brandt, Bill Berlow, Larry Peterson, and other individuals committed to promoting sustainability and green business.


In its first year the Greenovation initiated Tallahassee’s first Park and Ride program and a recycling program called iRecycle that was rolled out in all Leon County Schools in August 2007. 


The Greenovation team established a non-profit organization to carry out its mission and adopted the name Sustainable Tallahassee, which was incorporated in 2008.  A grant from the Knight Foundation provided start-up funds for office space, communications, development of a website, and an executive director.


With the slow recovery from the recession, Sustainable Tallahassee became an all-volunteer organization in 2011.  Since then our organization has matured and achieved a high level of credibility for making things happen and for bringing other partners together. 


We were one of the founding partners of The Sharing Tree reuse center, we partnered with Rainbow Rehab in a green home renovation to achieve LEEDS certification, established the very successful Community Carbon Fund, conducted Green Business workshops, and implemented an EcoTeams project with the support of the City and County. 


Our active committees focus on reducing waste and promoting alternative transportation and renewable energy, in addition to a maintaining a robust website, monthly newsletter, and monthly evening gathering with a speaker.


Sustainable Tallahassee functions as a catalyst for bringing together individuals, groups, and local government to promote savings in water and energy, to optimize the sustainable use of resources and local food, to reduce waste and consumption, and to ensure a place that will still be special for our children and grandchildren.  

Service Categories
Environmental Education
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tallahassee, Leon County, and the surrounding metropolitan area.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

Sustainable Tallahassee wants to lower the rate at which we are tearing through our natural resources, depleting and degrading our water supplies upon which life depends, and warming the planet.  As an all-volunteer organization here’s what we are doing to improve sustainability in our local environment, economy, and quality of life:

Community Carbon Fund: The Fund offers citizens and organizations a chance to offset carbon emissions with donations that are used for energy efficiency projects at non-profit social services agencies.  Funds expended for the projects remain in the community and support local businesses. 




REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE (Three Rs Committee): As well as recycling, the committee plans to focus increased public awareness on the need to reduce what we acquire and how it’s packaged, keeping more from being disposed.


Renewable Energy Advocacy Committee: The focus is on ways to increase renewable energy production in our area.  It is exploring successful programs in other cities which have produced significant increases in residential solar power.


Alternative Transportation Committee: Brings together representatives from StarMetro, Commuter Services of North Florida, Capital City Cyclists and other interested parties to support ways to encourage reduction of one-person one-car modes of transportation. 


Capital Area Sustainability Council (CASC): Facilitated by Sustainable Tallahassee it includes representatives from the city, county, universities, Leon County Public Schools, CONA, Tall Timbers, and the Chamber of Commerce to share ideas and collaborate on sustainability efforts.  The bi-weekly “Greening Our Community” articles published in the newspaper and a shared community calendar on the Sustainable Tallahassee website are examples of this collaboration.


Green Drinks: Our monthly gathering provides a short informational program and a chance to visit and network with others who share a concern for the environment and the need to live more sustainably.  Sustainability is a journey to be lived and shared by us all.

The Community Carbon Fund has a four-pronged benefit to our community:
1.Environment: Reduction in greenhouse gas CO2 emissions

2.Social Services: Reduction in utility costs for social service agencies that serve the poor or disadvantaged 
3.Local Funds: Donated funds remain in our community
4.Local Jobs: Local labor used for the projects supports the local economy
Donations to the Community Carbon Fund are used for energy improvements to the facilities of local non-profit organizations that serve low-income or disadvantaged individuals. Energy audits determine needed improvements and the expected impact on lowering energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The benefit to the nonprofit organizations is reduced utility costs, enabling more of its funds to be used to serve clients.
Typical projects include replacing inefficient lighting and appliances, adding insulation, installing programmable thermostats and efficient water heaters, all provided by local labor.
Budget $100,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Energy Resources
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
In 2015 we intend to include at least one significant solar initiative among the projects we complete with donations to the Community Carbon Fund.
Every completed carbon fund project, large or small, represents a success, because the recipient agency will experience an immediate and ongoing reduction in its utility costs that will free up additional funds to carry out its mission.
Every project will provide economic benefits for local contractors who perform the work.
Long term Success
The Community Carbon Fund’s ultimate goal is a significant reduction in carbon emissions at the local level, which contribute to a “greenhouse” effect that traps heat, causing global warming and adverse climate change.  
To achieve this goal, our  focus will need to greatly expand, to include solar photovoltaic and other renewable energy alternatives.  With significantly greater donations, our ability to leverage funds and provide the necessary management can make this possible. 
As more carbon reducing projects are funded and implemented, carbon emissions will be lowered and climate conditions should improve.
Expenditures for these projects will support our local economy and enhance the social services provided by the agencies that are the beneficiaries of the projects.
Program Success Monitored By
The program’s success can be quantitatively measured by the carbon reduction that is achieved by a given project. During the project selection process calculations are made as to the expected carbon reduction. Ongoing monitoring of utility bills and energy consumption gives feedback about the success of projects and will identify areas where continuing improvement can be achieved.
One example is monitoring thermostat settings on heating and air conditioning systems with follow-up training of the agency’s staff if needed.
Examples of Program Success
Two years of energy and carbon reduction projects for seven organizations: Elder Care Services, Refuge House, Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Bethany Family Apartments, Grace Mission, Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend, and Lutheran Social Services of North Florida.
  • Projects completed: $ 59,100
  • Projects actual cost: $31,600 after rebates, incentives, and donated labor & materials
  • Utility cost savings to organizations: $16,300 every year going forward
  • Carbon emissions (CO2) saved: 74 metric tons every year going forward
Example: Big Bend Homeless Coalition projects
  • $31,525 - Projects completed
  • $17,850 - Funds expended by the Fund
  • $10,000 - Annual utility cost savings = ¼ its annual food budget
In appreciation BBHC awarded the Community Carbon Fund a “2013 Champion of Hope” award.
In addition the Fund expended $2,450 for a carbon sequestration project to purchase and gift 110 live oak trees to the community, planted at the Alford Arm Greenway county park on Arbor Day 2014.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Community Carbon Fund was launched in 2011, and at this point we have the experience, knowledge, and commitment to expand our projects and achieve a greater impact in the community.
Our desire is to raise sufficient funds to include solar and other renewable energy projects among the initiatives we complete, starting in 2015.
Such significant projects will:
  1. Have an even greater energy and cost saving impact on agencies’ ability to serve clients, 

  2. Help our community avoid adding more power generating plants, and 

  3. Serve as visible beacons to the increasing focus on sustainability that is occurring in our community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Thomas Cordi
Company Affiliation National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Term June 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mr. Edward A. Bettinger Florida Department of Health/ Bureau of Environmental Health
Leighanne Boone Community Volunteer
Mr. Mike Brezin IDDEA, Inc.
Mr. Thomas Cordi National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Matthew DeStafano Community Volunteer
Mr. Anthony Gaudio John Harvard PA
Mr. Ken Goldberg attorney
Yvonne Gsteieger Florida Legislature
Anne Harvey Community Volunteer
Mr. Bob Henderson Community Volunteer
Matt Kopka Community Volunteer
John Leeds Florida Department of Energy
Lorilee Medders Community Volunteer
Ms. Susan Mertz Tallahassee Nurseries
Mr. Tom Montalbano Carr, Riggs, and Ingram, LLC.
Ms. Rosa Ramos Morgan Community Volunteer
Mrs. Becky Parsons Community Volunteer
Ms. Peggy Sanders Community Volunteer
Carly Sinnadurai The Sharing Tree
Dr. Tom Taylor FSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Fabio Vargas Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jim Davis
Term Start Oct 2014
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation 18,000

Jim Davis recently sold his financial firm and assumed the position of Executive Director for Sustainable Tallahassee in October 2014. As a Certified Public Accountant, he has served as a Chief Financial Officer of a large nonprofit plus provided accounting and auditing services to various nonprofits in North Florida. Additionally, he has served on numerous Board of Directors of local nonprofits.

Former CEOs
Mr. Tom Cordi Mar 2009 - Aug 2009
Ms. Sharon Liggett Apr 2010 - June 2011
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2009
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Champion of HopeBig Bend Homeless Coalition2013
Energy Innovator AwardReThink Energy Inc.2012
Knight Foundation GrantKnight Foundation2009
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $60,150.00
Projected Expenses $60,150.00
Form 990s
FORM 990N2014
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$17,600$0
Individual Contributions$18,668$22,357$34,035
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$6,638$7,013$4,293
Special Events$7,498----
Revenue In-Kind$3,911$5,934$6,532
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$34,377$52,192$56,355
Administration Expense--$894$995
Fundraising Expense--$2,436$1,339
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.571.150.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%94%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%6%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$64,501$44,278$35,915
Current Assets$62,947$42,724$34,361
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$451($7)($7)
Total Net Assets$64,050$44,284$35,922
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities139.57----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Sustainable Tallahassee, Inc.
Address PO BOX 765
TALLAHASSEE , FL 323020765
Primary Phone 850 597-9836
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Davis
Board Chair Mr. Thomas Cordi
Board Chair Company Affiliation National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Year of Incorporation 2008
Former Names