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.

November 23, 2015

Do We Have the Courage to Experience Thanksgiving?

Tompkins Weekly 11-23-15

By Eric Clay

This Thanksgiving, we need new foods to feed our families. The old comfort foods won’t sustain us in a world of refugees, terror, race and class issues, climate disturbances, and partisanship.

Social psychologists and anthropologists have made significant progress in documenting how our prejudice and distrust may be overcome within seemingly intractable conflicts. Read more…

Ethical Fashion Respects Workers and the Environment

Tompkins Weekly 11-16-15

By Wendy Skinner

Millions of consumers enjoy shopping for clothing in large chain stores full of inexpensive frippery. There is so much to be had, for so little money! The truth behind most mass market clothing is less attractive.

For example, Joe Fresh is a brand of trendy clothing sold in hundreds of stores across North America. Joe Fresh is the brand that was being made the day of the 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers. Read more…

November 9, 2015

Hydrilla Project 2015: Proven Approaches & New Strategies

Tompkins Weekly 11-9-15

By James Balyszak

The transition to fall marks the end of another growing season for local terrestrial and aquatic plant communities. Leaves change color and drop, in a spectacle both brilliant and pleasing to the senses. Crops mature and are harvested to feed communities across the region. Plant communities senesce, as roots and seeds prepare for winter survival until spring arrives next year. It is a dynamic transition, both familiar and reassuring at the same time. Read more…