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.

June 27, 2016

Sharing Summer’s Bounty with our Neighbors

Tompkins Weekly     6-27-16

By Meaghan Sheehan Rosen

Did you know that 40 percent of food is wasted in America? And if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, behind the U.S. and China? Meanwhile, millions of Americans, including nearly 20 percent of children in Tompkins County, are not sure where their next meal is coming from.

Friendship Donations Network (FDN) and our community partners are working to address both of these problems by collecting excess food that would otherwise be wasted, and ensuring it gets to the people in our community who need it most. Our network of volunteers works year-round to collect donations of edible but unsaleable food from grocery stores, farms, colleges and other food outlets—more than 1,000 pounds each day.

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June 23, 2016

Building Homes for the Post-Fossil Fuel Era

Tompkins Weekly     6-20-16

By Jon Harrod

I own a company that installs insulation and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. While most of our projects involve existing buildings, we also work on new homes.

Building a house is an act of imagining a personal future. I’ve heard our clients talk about the living room where their yet-to-be-conceived children will play or the bedroom they’ll use when they no longer want to climb stairs. Houses are also expressions of our larger social and environmental vision. The longevity of houses requires us to think ahead and build in a way that will make sense in decades to come.

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June 14, 2016

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees Responds to Global Crises

Tompkins Weekly       6-13-16

By David Rhodes

Imagine if you were about to be born, and you didn’t know if you were entering the world now or 100 years from now. What approaches to environmental protection would you want to see in place from this position of uncertainty?

Now imagine you were about to enter the world into either a situation of peace and stability or one of lethal risk to yourself and your loved ones. What approaches to refugee resettlement would you want to see in place?

In both of these scenarios, the goal is the same—a world in which present and future generations have access to resources and opportunities that enhance the ability to live peaceful, healthy and meaningful lives. This concept lies at the heart of sustainability and it connects directly to the work of a new community initiative called Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR).

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