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.

October 17, 2016

Why Local Matters

Tompkins Weekly     10-17-16

By Jan Rhodes Norman

I love where I live! Here in Ithaca, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of local, independently owned businesses, family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich, diverse culture with a strong local identity and one that Local First Ithaca is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.

Local First Ithaca is part of a nationwide movement. We advocate a new approach to sustainable, community economic development based on local ownership of community assets such as sustainable agriculture, independent media, renewable energy, green building, zero waste manufacturing, community capital and independent retail- building what is called a “Living Economy.”

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October 10, 2016

The Offsetter Lifestyle

Tompkins Weekly     10-10-16

By Gay Nicholson

What if carbon offsetting was as much a part of the Ithaca lifestyle as recycling? Imagine how we could seed energy democracy and climate justice by the simple step of accepting responsibility for our share of greenhouse gas emissions and helping others in need.

You can start with just a ton. And it will only cost you $25.

The average U.S. resident is responsible for about 22 tons of CO2 emissions every year. That’s a lot of carbon. It may sound exhausting to figure out how to move that kind of tonnage, but like so much in life, if we start small and work together, we can build momentum for our whole community’s carbon diet.

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October 4, 2016

Ithaca Garden Club, Healthy Food For All Throw ‘Farm-to-Fork’ Fundraiser

Tompkins Weekly     10-3-16

By Susie Backstrom

On a crystal clear autumn day, the Ithaca Garden Club joined with Healthy Food For All to throw a “Farm to Fork” fundraiser at Silver Queen Farm in Trumansburg.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, September 27, included a five-course harvest dinner on the farm. The dinner featured fresh produce, dairy products and meat donated by local farms and prepared by the chefs of Word of Mouth Catering of Trumansburg; each course was paired with wine donated by Hazlitt 1852 Winery in Hector.

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