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 12, 2015

The Pope, the Planet and the Poor

Tompkins Weekly 10-12-15

By Richard Franke

Our previous essay about Pope Francis’s June, 2015 Encyclical, “Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord” – was published on August 24. In that essay we summarized his views on environmental threats and especially global warming.

We noted that, surprisingly, given the international attention, Francis devoted only ten of 246 paragraphs of the encyclical to global warming. The main theme of the encyclical is actually poverty and its relationship to the environment. Read more…

October 5, 2015

Beyond Compostables: The Dish Truck

Tompkins Weekly 10-5-15

By Joey Diana Gates

In Pope Francis’s recent Encyclical, “Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home,” he recounts how each year, hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated. “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth.” Read more…

September 28, 2015

ReUse Center Focuses on Reducing E-Waste

Tompkins Weekly 9-28-15

By Jackie Doherty & Michael Troutman

More than 70% of a laptop’s energy usage comes from the manufacturing process, rather than its operation by consumers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Read more…