Signs of Sustainability

We have a long way to go, but we're making progress. Here are some signs that we are moving towards sustainability.

August 25, 2015

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…

August 3, 2015

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…

July 27, 2015

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…