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.

May 23, 2016

Seeking Equal Opportunity in Local Farming

Tompkins Weekly          5-23-16

By Jenn Bassman

If you have ever composted, you have likely heard the term “browns and greens.” It refers to the carbon (brown) and nitrogen (green) materials in your compost bin. Achieving the perfect 3:1 ratio of these substances creates a mixture that turns everyday yard waste into magical garden-enriching gold, aka soil. Fail to include the proper ratio of any part of this recipe, and you wind up with something that may smell from here to the next county or just sit there and do nothing at all. (Bear with me here, there’s a metaphor in all of this.) Read more…

May 17, 2016

Sustainability Center Moves into New Home

Tompkins Weekly       5-15-16

By Nick Goldsmith

The Sustainability Center Board of Directors has announced that the center is back in action in its new space in the Ithaca ReUse Center at 214 Elmira Road. Please join us to celebrate this milestone at our grand opening on the evening of Thursday, June 9. Additional details are below.

Until fall 2014, the Sustainability Center was located in a Tompkins County building at the corner of State and Albany streets. Since then, the center has maintained a low level of activity while waiting for its newly renovated space. Read more…

May 10, 2016

Family Embraces a Change in Lifestyle

Tompkins Weekly     5-9-16

By Mark Silver

My twin seven-year old boys have probably been one of the biggest barriers to my wife and me living a more sustainable life.  

It’s not their fault, of course. They’re just kids, doing their thing. But, when it’s 6pm and we’re surrounded, again, by styrofoam restaurant take-out containers, my heart aches. I know, it’s just take-out food, no mortal sin.

Yet I also know the styrofoam is going to live on in a landfill. Read more…