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.

August 31, 2015

Pathways for Sustainable Land Use

Tompkins Weekly 8-31-15

By Steve Gabriel

Understanding and using historical ecological knowledge to properly manage the landscape is one of the great tasks of landowners in our time. Over the past fifty to one hundred years, forests around the region have been coming back, due largely to the widespread abandonment of farm fields. The inevitable restorative nature of the forest is a blessing to our generation, but one we must not take for granted. Read more…

August 25, 2015

The Pope and the Planet: Part One

Tompkins Weekly 8-24-14

By Richard Franke

“Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord” – so begins Pope Francis’s June, 2015 encyclical on the environment. The Pope quotes from a famous canticle (chant or religious song of praise) composed in 1225 by Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Francis’s chant goes on to praise Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brothers Wind and Air, Sister Water, Bother Fire, and Mother Earth, “who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” Read more…

August 3, 2015

Students Study Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Tompkins Weekly 5-3-15

By New Roots Staff

What if every high school introductory business course began with a lesson about sustainability? At New Roots Charter School, they do!

This spring a dozen students at New Roots created business plans to study the social, environmental and financial profitability of their own entrepreneurial ideas in their Sustainable Entrepreneurship class. They began their course learning measures of triple bottom line as a well as other sustainability concepts as they researched for their own plans and practiced basic budgeting, marketing and presentations skills for their ideas. Read more…