Signs of Sustainability
The multi-faceted Signs of Sustainability program began with a section on our first website that featured news of individual or organizational actions and programs that supported the shift to sustainable lifestyles. At our December 2006 holiday dinner, we presented a slideshow and gave out SoS certificates to 31 new businesses and organizational programs related to sustainability. The annual awards program has rapidly grown and by 2010 celebrated 221 new sustainability initiatives. In early 2007, we approached the publishers of Tompkins Weekly to suggest a weekly column on local sustainability written by representatives from various organizations and managed by ST. The articles also are featured on the ST website. The SoS program also includes “On the Homefront” where members can post their suggestions for more sustainable patterns of living, and “Local Signs” which summarizes overall trends related to sustainability in Tompkins County.