Tallahassee Community College has a proven track record in environmental stewardship. We have been previously recognized as the most energy-efficient college in Florida, and the first energy independent building on TCC’s main campus recently opened and a new energy independent building is planned for in Gadsden County.
"The idea of working in collaboration with state government to achieve positive outcomes is not new to us and we have a track record that anyone can check out." - TCC President Jim Murdaugh
The Florida Public Safety Institute, which is the model for the Wakulla Environmental Institute, also proves TCC’s record in environmental stewardship. FPSI’s campus includes Green Lodging certified on-site housing. The Department of Environmental Protection singled out FPSI as a best practice in managing lead on its training ranges for our use of frangible non-toxic ammunition. FPSI also employs a certified forester and certified wildlife biologists to manage the over 1500 acre campus.
TCC began its environmental efforts in Wakulla County in 2007 with the creation of our Green Guide Program, a certification program for outdoor recreation guides and businesses that has created over 30 new nature-based businesses in Wakulla County and trained well over 100 individuals interested in learning about the rich environment of the area.
Environment is in our name. Conservation is in our vision statement. WEI is always mindful of the responsibility we share with the citizens of Wakulla to be good stewards of the environment. Since its inception, WEI has worked closely with several state agencies and numerous businesses in conservation throughout the Big Bend to develop a conscientious strategy for our educational programs in land management as well as the management of our actual properties. These organizations include MGT of America and the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Walton County.
After acquiring the 158 acres off of Crawfordville Highway for WEI’s main campus, we immediately set to work with a comprehensive ecosystem management plan to restore the natural ecosystem which included longleaf-pine and wetlands habitats, sink holes and hardwood forests.
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