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Sustainable Tallahassee provides green upgrades to student housing complexes

Sustainable Tallahassee provides green upgrades to student housing complexes
Sustainable Tallahassee provides green upgrades to student housing complexes
Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 14:58:06-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Sustainable Tallahassee is partnering up with the Southern Scholarship Foundation to green the student housing complexes.

It's all made possible through the Community Carbon Fund project.

Sustainable Tallahassee helps nonprofit organization's serving low income or disadvantaged people to reduce their carbon footprint. Organizations benefit from an immediate reduction in utility costs, freeing up more of their funds to be used to serve clients.

"We have replaced these large electric water heaters with on demand gas water heaters, so they are saving 55 percent of the cost of their water heating," said Debbie Gibson. Which is a huge benefit to local colleges like TCC, FSU, FAMU and others.

The Southern Scholarship Foundation provides rent free housing for college students who have a financial need. The foundation has 17 houses across Tallahassee, 13 of which have already updated their utilities and are seeing savings.

Students are only required to pay for utilities and food, so the money they save through the community carbon fund project goes back into the students pockets.

"These college students, as you can imagine, are already struggling as it is to keep their grades up," said Amber Tynan. "But to help reduce that financial burden, any dollar or contribution matters."

292 students take advantage of the Southern Scholarship Foundation. Without the help of generous donors across the Big Bend, the Community Carbon Fund project would not be possible.

Sustainable Tallahassee and The Southern Scholarship Foundation are seeking donations to complete the project on 3 student housing complexes outside of Florida A&M University.

If you want to help, visit the Sustainable Tallahassee website  and check out the Carbon Fund tab!