FLEC Blog

Can Art Shake Us Out of Our Climate Denial?

In the Finger Lakes, it’s been a summer of extreme drought and repeated heat waves. Elsewhere, fires and floods have displaced tens of thousands. No wonder people feel nervous about what will happen next. But it’s also pretty easy to feel overwhelmed by the complex global nature of climate change, and end up in a […]

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Energy Expert Joins Finger Lakes Climate Fund Grantmaking Committee

We are so happy to welcome Chris Balbach, Vice President of Research and Development at Performance Systems Development, to the grantmaking committee of the Finger Lakes Climate Fund.  Chris joins Ian Shapiro, Chairman of Taitem Engineering, and Gay Nicholson, President of Sustainable Tompkins, on the committee. Chris is taking the seat of Mark Pierce, Extension Associate for […]

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Heat Pump Workshop Video

Sustainable 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.

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Heat Pump Workshop, part 1/6 – Gay Nicholson
Heat Pump Workshop, part 2/6 – Brice Smith
Heat Pump Workshop, part 3/6 – Melissa Kemp
Heat Pump Workshop, part 4/6 – Brice Smith
Heat Pump Workshop, part 5/6 – Smarter Design
Heat Pump Workshop, part 6/6 – Summary and Q&A

A Clean Energy Future for Everyone

Climate change and income inequality are big problems. That’s why it’s great when we can do something about both at the same time! Our Finger Lakes Climate Fund helps local lower-income families with gap financing for home energy efficiency improvements.

Reduce your fossil energy use, and then offset the rest. It’s surprisingly affordable and only takes a few minutes!

Local Voices take up the Energy Challenge

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Buttoning Up a First Home

Walking Their Talk on Fracking

It’s Easier with a Team

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Sustainable Tompkins created the Energy Challenge in 2009 as the fight against fracking in NYS geared up. We believed that most of the folks showing concern about gas drilling were also interested in living more sustainably – but how could we prove it? How could we demonstrate that we “walk our talk” when it comes to opposing drilling for natural gas?

Our online pledge platform gave homeowners, renters, and businesses customized checklists and links for how they could wean themselves from fossil fuel use for electricity, hot water, heating, transportation, and food consumption. Several hundred local residents took the Energy Challenge and many of them are now both activists against fossil fuel build-out and ambassadors for low-carbon lifestyles.

We continue to provide leadership and support for overcoming our dependency on fossil fuel through our community partnerships and service.

Roots of the Energy Challenge


Gay Nicholson on why we must take up the Energy Challenge!    Check out more roots of the Finger Lakes Energy Challenge here.