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America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia

By Sustainativity, Inc. | Savannah, Ga.

09/25/2014

As a humanitarian and sustainability consultant who is passionate about green building, Tommy Linstroth was frustrated when he saw his philanthropic efforts go to waste.

“I don’t like when donations go to overhead or something else,” explained Linstroth, chair and founder of Sustainativity, a non-profit organization that invests in environmentally friendly practices, based in Savannah, Ga. “Our philosophy is to set up a kind of sustainability endowment.”

Think of the proverb: teach a man to fish instead of giving him one.

Sustainativity’s first investment went toward a lighting retrofit for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Now, the food bank’s offices and warehouse are illuminated by roughly 80 high-efficiency fluorescent and LED fixtures. Occupancy sensors also help control energy consumption.

“Rather than make a one-time donation, we look at a lighting retrofit as an investment that continues to pay off,” Linstroth said. “There is no depletion or expiration on it.”

Second Harvest will save over $3,000 annually on utility costs, allowing them to provide 15,000 more meals to the Savannah community. Year after year, the group will be able to continue directing future savings toward its goals, said Linstroth, adding that partnering with Second Harvest is the type of win-win investment Sustainativity seeks.

But the Savannah community is the real winner, countered Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of Second Harvest. “These savings will go a long way toward providing added assistance for families in our area,” she said.

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