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.

July 6, 2015

Environmental Racism 03: The President(s), the Court, the EPA, the Movement

Tompkins Weekly 7-6-15

By Richard Franke

This is the 3rd essay on the topic of environmental racism in this series. The first appeared in Tompkins Weekly on Dec. 8, 2014 and the second on January 26, 2015. Both were based mostly on the United Church of Christ reports linking toxic waste and race, the first one published in 1987 then updated in 2007.

We saw that the UCC’s 2007 update report – titled Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987–2007 – had observed local progress where activists had built strong organizations but overall a stagnating, possibly even worsening over representation in exposure to harmful chemicals by people of color in the U.S. Read more…

June 29, 2015 serves up food news and networking

Tompkins Weekly 6-29-15

By Alison Fromme

I’m so pleased to introduce a new community resource: Hot Potato Press, the online food news and networking site for Ithaca and Tompkins County. Everyone can access it at

What makes Hot Potato Press different from other food and farming websites? Hot Potato Press aims to connect the many, many residents who care about the health, fairness, and sustainability of our food system and 150+ organizations in our county working in food and farming. Read more…

June 22, 2015

Equity, Energy, and the Economy

Tompkins Weekly 6-22-15

By Gay Nicholson

Back in 2007, I organized a Sustainable Design workshop for 20 of Ithaca’s entrepreneurs, planners, educators, and green builders. The primary goal of our work together was to identify principles of design that would lead to sustainable community development.

We had a lot of fun that day with our thought experiment, but the thing that sticks in my mind eight years later is our conclusion that all our most powerful design principles could be distilled down to one concept: Everything is Connected. Holism, biomimicry, equity, system dynamics….. the core value underlying all the design principle themes was “Relationships Matter.” Read more…