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.

January 16, 2017

Master Composters Work for Sustainability, Have Fun

Tompkins Weekly       1-16-17

By Ron Cunningham

My partner Kerra emailed me in January 2015, forwarding notice of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Composter training. We talked about it. I liked the idea. Learning something new is good. Sharing it with Kerra is better. The possibility of getting free training by earning back the deposit was appealing. Now looking back at 150-plus pertinent emails in my CCE folder makes me realize the extent of our involvement. And the involvement continues.

We composted prior to Master Composter training, yet the fine-tuning we received has enriched our practice. The volunteer hours have expanded our hearts and horizons. The subject is diverse and complex, with an underlying simplicity and wisdom: Convert waste into resources. We were expertly piloted through 10 weeks of 2-hour, weekday evening classes by the Program Manager Adam Michaelides. Guest speakers were featured. Field trips were taken. Friendships were struck.

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January 2, 2017

Tompkins County Makes Solar History

Tompkins Weekly     1-2-17

By Emma Hewitt

On October 18, Tompkins County made history by becoming home to the first official Shared Solar project in New York State. Announced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority with support from the Governor’s office, it was a landmark moment not only for the state, but also for the numerous local families who now have access to decades of solar power benefits.

Shared solar, which is more commonly known as community solar, enables a group of local residents to purchase solar panels located at an offsite “solar farm.” In participating in these solar farms, residents receive credit on their individual monthly electric bills for the power their panels produce. This power can reduce or even eliminate their electricity costs.

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December 26, 2016

From Energy Nerd to Energy Navigator

Tompkins Weekly      12-26-16

By Karim Beers

Ronald Booker’s interest in energy efficiency and renewables is clear from his Ithaca home’s solar panels, passive solar room and wood stove that satisfies nearly all of his home’s heating needs. After taking these personal steps to reduce his energy use, “Booker,” as he is known to his friends, realized that there was an opportunity to share his expertise by helping others navigate the sometimes complicated process of evaluating energy choices. Through Get Your GreenBack Tompkins’ Energy Navigator program, Booker gained strategies and tools to help convey his passion and knowledge regarding energy conservation to others looking to take similar energy and money-saving steps.

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