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.

February 10, 2016

Why Diversity is Vital in the Fight Against Climate Change

Ithaca Voice       2-8-16

By Margo Hittleman

To successfully address climate change, we must shift from pursuing diversity “because we should” and recognize that “If we don’t, we will fail.” Here’s why, along with some ideas for how. The need to “cultivate diversity” is a foundational requirement for those working on ecological sustainability.

Without it, biological systems are weak and vulnerable to collapse. “Diversity is one of the most important energy storages in any ecosystem and a good measure of the level of available information,” writes Peter Bane in The Permaculture Handbook.

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January 28, 2016

What you can do to help sustainability efforts in Tompkins in 2016

Ithaca Voice        1-27-16

By Tom Shelley

The local sustainability movement, in all of its various manifestations, has developed significantly in Ithaca and Tompkins County over the past few years. As anyone involved with efforts in climate, environmental, and social and economic justice issues knows, there is much that remains to be done.

I would like to take this opportunity to suggest some directions to pursue in the coming year.

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January 13, 2016

Composting Since World War II

Ithaca Voice      1-12-16

By Adam Michaelides

Those who get into composting often really get into composting. For the 24th year, Master Composter training will be offered in Tompkins County. The training provides an entry point into the world of microbes and provides education in the language and practicalities of making compost. Not all compost enthusiasts, however, have been through our program. Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting an extraordinary one. I’d like to tell you a little bit about him.

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