Sustainability Summit, Composting, and More, Oh My!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 

Sustainability Newsletter

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Our sustainability work has shifted more virtual as our community combats COVID-19, but we remain excited and available to work with the Leon County community and are always looking for new opportunities to connect. Feel free to email us at sustainability@leoncountyfl.gov or give us a call at 850-606-5021.


Meet the Sustainability Team

Sustainability Team

Tessa Schreiner - Tessa, our Sustainability Manager, manages the Office of Sustainability's many projects, oversees policy recommendations and community outreach, and guides the County's efforts to meet our sustainability goals. In addition to traveling and going on adventures in her free time, you may find her enjoying a round of disc golf or playing volleyball with friends!

Tobias Raether - Tobias serves as our Sustainability Programs Coordinator, where he helps promote sustainability within County operations and the community at large, through educational outreach events and written content. When he is not giving presentations or engaging the community at events, Tobias enjoys riding Tallahassee’s many single-track bike trails and trying new local food! (Fun fact: Tobias completed a solo bike journey across the United States in 50 days!)

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Reader Action Items

1) Register now to attend sessions at the Sustainable Community Summit! 

2) We want to hear from you! 

Have you been out to our new composting site? We want to know what you thought! Complete the survey.

3) Sustainabiz

Wish your favorite stores, restaurants and more were following more sustainable business practices? Soon, Leon County Sustainability will be announcing a program that may help. Stay tuned for all the ways citizens can become Sustainability Superheroes and how we are working with businesses locally. We want to know, what businesses should we try to work with? Let us know by messaging us on Facebook or by calling us at 850-606-5022.

4) Lead your own clean-up!

We're happy to announce the Leon County Community Beautification Program, which reimburses individuals, neighborhood and community groups, and schools who plan, organize, and implement a small beautification, litter reduction or place-making project. Learn more about how it pays to get your hands dirty here.

5) Share your sustainability journey with us!

Have you recently made a change to become more sustainable? We want to hear and share your story! Share a post describing the changes you have made and include the #LCSustainabilitySuperstar hashtag to have your posts shared by Leon County Sustainability or to be featured as a future Social Media Highlight!

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Highlights

compost bins

1) The first batch of compost bins are Sold OUT! 

Interest in the compost bins has blown us away! Over 400 people have signed up for a bin, which is amazing!! Thank you for the support. While we have run out of our first batch of bins, we are in the process of ordering more bins. If you are interested in joining a waitlist to get an email when the next compost bin sale/giveaway launches, please complete this form.

2) Drop off your food waste at the Solid Waste Facility

Beginning last Thursday, March 18, the Solid Waste Facility (7550 Apalachee Pkwy) began accepting compost. The facility also offers free mulch, hazardous waste drop off, and recycling.  Learn more about what the facility can and cannot accept here

3) The Sustainable Community Summit is right around the corner

The 2021 Leon County Sustainable Community Summit, Sustainability in Action, will take place from Tuesday, April 6th to Saturday, April 10th and will feature sessions that cover a diverse range of topics focused on how each member of our community can implement small changes that collectively, can help make Leon County more sustainable. Don’t have time to join the full summit? You can pick and choose the sessions you’d like to join, and all sessions will be available online after the end of the summit. Learn more about each session here! 

4) EV Drive Days

Did you know that the County is working to convert 30% of light-duty fleet vehicles to fully electric by 2030? To help spread the word to departments, we've been hosting EV test drive days to give employees the opportunity to drive the County's first fully electric vehicle - the Chevy Bolt. The test drives are helping familiarize staff with electric vehicles and providing a firsthand experience to see how fun driving electric can be! For more information on the County's Integrated Sustainability Action Plan, visit www.GrowingGreen.org/ISAP

EV Drive Days

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Publications
compost

 

Turn trash into treasure: County offering two new ways to compost – Tessa Schreiner

This article, featured in the Tallahassee Democrat this month, highlights Leon County’s collaborative effort to launch two new composting initiatives to help reduce waste.

Leon County creates new compost drop-off site

This article, featured on the WCTV website, highlights Leon County’s collaborative effort to launch two new composting initiatives to help reduce waste.

Get In On the Action with Leon County's Sustainability Summit

This article, featured on the WCTV website, highlights Leon County’s collaborative effort with leading community sustainability experts to lead sessions on a variety of sustainability topics. Sign up now at GrowingGreen.org/Summit

Tessa Interviewed on Mom's Everyday

Tessa discusses the Sustainable Community Summit on Mom's Everyday. Watch the video at the link above. Sign up for the Summit now at GrowingGreen.org/Summit

Summit

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Upcoming Events

All these sessions are part of our 2021 Sustainable Community Summit - register for one, two, or all the sessions below! 

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