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The Sustainability Table – Your Homeroom for Sustainability in Tompkins County

Sx Table Anna, Ellen, Kitty

We’re excited to announce our participation in the upcoming “day of giving” for our community on Friday, August 28!  Organized by the good folks at GiveGab, it’s an opportunity for everyone in our county to come together in support of local nonprofits that are so important to the placemaking, quality of life, and shared future of our region.  Sustainable Tompkins has put together an online fundraising portal for The Sustainability Table — a way to support our work as we support our local sustainability movement.

Your gift today means we can keep “home room” open for the many volunteers and community leaders who gather here to work on behalf of stewardship, justice, and plenitude.  It costs $15 a day to keep the doors open, or $450 a month.  Please help us reach our goal of $5400 to keep this resource for the movement secure for the next year.  Or be a different kind of One Percenter and donate $54 to the campaign!

The conference table in the Sustainable Tompkins office has seen a lot of action over the years.  Its residue of invisible fingerprints of shared ideas, strategic organizing, renewed commitments, and challenges to the status quo can be seen out in our community as new infrastructure, policies, enterprises, and social norms pushing us forward to new systems of living and working together. Read more…

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Energy and Equity Go Hand in Hand

WHY WE NEED TO JOIN EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT WITH EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY AND RACISM

Urgent challenges being addressed in Tompkins County

Extreme income inequality, persistent racism, and increasing climate disruption are undeniable plagues of our time. We are fortunate that many people in Tompkins County are working on these issues. Some are advocates for racial and economic justice, such as creating living-wage jobs, removing barriers to reentry from the prison system, and ensuring affordable housing for all. Many others are involved in initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as, stopping gas infrastructure development, switching from fossil fuels to renewable sources, and conserving energy in housing, transportation, food, water, and waste. Read more…

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Video of Heat Pump Workshop for Builders Now Available

Heat Pump Workshop introSustainable Tompkins hosted a workshop on “Building and Heating with the Climate in Mind” on March 17, 2015 at Hotel Ithaca.  Professor Brice Smith of SUNY Cortland and Melissa Kemp of Solar Tompkins joined Gay Nicholson in presenting their case for using alternatives to methane to heat new buildings in Tompkins County.  The event was for anyone connected to the building sector in our area: developers, architects, engineers, builders, mortgage bankers, realtors, contractors, electricians, suppliers, designers, plumbers, elected officials, and planning boards.

Video of the workshop is now available on the Sustainable Tompkins YouTube channel.

 
Signs of Sustainability
The Pope and the Planet: Part One

Tompkins Weekly 8-24-14

By Richard Franke

“Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord” – so begins Pope Francis’s June, 2015 encyclical on the environment. The Pope quotes from a famous canticle (chant or religious song of praise) composed in 1225 by Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Francis’s chant goes on to praise Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brothers Wind and Air, Sister Water, Bother Fire, and Mother Earth, “who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” Read more…

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Students Study Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Tompkins Weekly 5-3-15

By New Roots Staff

What if every high school introductory business course began with a lesson about sustainability? At New Roots Charter School, they do!

This spring a dozen students at New Roots created business plans to study the social, environmental and financial profitability of their own entrepreneurial ideas in their Sustainable Entrepreneurship class. They began their course learning measures of triple bottom line as a well as other sustainability concepts as they researched for their own plans and practiced basic budgeting, marketing and presentations skills for their ideas. Read more…

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Make Your Voice Heard in Congress

Tompkins Weekly 7-27-15

By Miranda Phillips

You probably believe either or both of the following:  1. Congress will never act on climate. 2. We have little influence in the matter.

I’m writing to argue the very opposite: Congress is right now very interested in climate solutions, and wants to hear from you.

What makes me think so?    If you’ve read the July 10 op-ed in the Ithaca Journal, “Re-think what you know about Republicans and their stance on climate change”, you already know something of this. Read more…

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Energy and Equity Go Hand in Hand

WHY WE NEED TO JOIN EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT WITH EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY AND RACISM

Urgent challenges being addressed in Tompkins County

Extreme income inequality, persistent racism, and increasing climate disruption are undeniable plagues of our time. We are fortunate that many people in Tompkins County are working on these issues. Some are advocates for racial and economic justice, such as creating living-wage jobs, removing barriers to reentry from the prison system, and ensuring affordable housing for all. Many others are involved in initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as, stopping gas infrastructure development, switching from fossil fuels to renewable sources, and conserving energy in housing, transportation, food, water, and waste. Read more…

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Home Rule and the Greater Good

Screen shot 2015-06-17 at 6.56.25 PMAfter hours of discussion at the June 16th county legislative meeting, the vote on the fate of the Old Library ended in a stalemate of 6 in favor of a large apartment complex for seniors (TravisHyde), and 6 in favor of a smaller adaptive reuse condo project (Franklin Properties) which had hundreds of petition supporters and inspired dozens of citizens to show up and speak in favor of the Franklin proposal.

The vote was pretty much split along geographic lines with those representing the urban/suburban core of the county (Chock, Shinagawa, McBean-Clairborne, Burbank, Kiefer) backing the project that had widespread neighborhood support (along with Klein from Caroline/Danby). Those supporting the large 63-unit apartment complex came from the more rural parts of the county (Dryden, Groton, Lansing, Ulysses, Enfield/Newfield). These rural reps stressed the need for adding housing to try and relieve the incessant demand that has driven up the price of shelter. Residents of the historic DeWitt neighborhood around the old library spoke strongly about the importance of adding density appropriate to the scale and character of the location, and pointed to other Read more…

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How to Get Active on Climate? Even More Locally

By Miranda Phillips

With artic ice melting at great speed, and climate disruption happening a hundred years sooner than expected, climate change is promising to be the biggest challenge of the 21st century.  Not often talked about, at least in mainstream media, are the psychological and spiritual aspects of this challenge – among them, fear, guilt, and grief that make it difficult for us to act and act fast. Read more…

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