Under the leadership of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, a coalition of Cortland and Tompkins County nonprofits, colleges, businesses, youth groups, and local governments formed in the fall of 2012 to support ongoing local planning and action on climate mitigation and adaptation. Their first project together was to produce and host a major regional conference on making our communities more climate friendly and climate resilient from April 18-21 in Ithaca and Cortland. Sustainable Tompkins served as the coordinator for the project.
Approximately a thousand people attended the events over the four days of the conference, and judging from the very positive written evaluations and verbal feedback, people were grateful, inspired, impressed, and energized by what they learned and how they experienced the community created by the conference. We hope that we have strengthened their resolve and attuned their focus to address the urgency of climate disruption.
We know our impact goes beyond those attending the conference. A broad and diverse outreach and marketing effort meant that thousands of people in our region were introduced to the reality of climate impacts in our communities. This is a critical step toward creating new expectations and new response plans.
Our coalition is exploring what various members will do next to deepen engagement on climate change in our region. We share a sense of urgency and concern about the unnecessary harm that fossil fuel dependency is causing the web of life on our planet, and we hope that many others will join us in concerted action. For now, we wish to thank once again our generous sponsors and supporting partners, our knowledgeable speakers and moderators, and our team of volunteers that made our events a smooth success.
Sustainable Tompkins has been working hard over the past five months to coordinate a major regional conference on making our communities more climate friendly and climate resilient. Under the leadership of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, a coalition of Cortland and Tompkins County nonprofits, colleges, businesses, youth groups, and local governments has formed to support ongoing planning and action on climate mitigation and adaptation. The Climate Smart & Climate Readyconference will take place April 18-21 at multiple venues in Cortland and Ithaca. The conference will focus on how our local governments, institutions, residents and businesses can both lower fossil carbon emissions and prepare for multiple impacts of a turbulent climate regime. Read the rest of this entry »
Sustainable Tompkins was honored to be asked to co-host, along with the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, the 50th Anniversary Celebration for HOLT Architects on February 22. The keynote speaker for the anniversary celebration was Ed Mazria, the visionary and courageous leader behind the 2030 Architecture Challenge to build only zero carbon buildings by 2030.
Gay provided opening remarks to a large audience at the Hanger Theater composed of HOLT clients and local sustainability advocates. Sustainable Tompkins has partnered with HOLT in the past when they helped us put on our Health and Sustainability conference in 2007, and they are currently sponsoring and helping to design sessions of our Climate Smart & Climate Ready conference to be held April 18-21.
We appreciated Ed’s encouragement to the architects and engineers in the crowd to remember that they hold great power in helping to determine how effective our response to climate change will be.
As Gay emphasized in her remarks, this is no time for business as usual. And in fact, there is no more business as usual because even if we continue to build in the same old way and move around in the usual way, the outcome is no longer “as usual.”
The philosopher Holmes Rolston calls this a “hinge point” in human history. We have set in motion planetary changes and have entered a new era of human-induced major shifts in the ecosystems that support us. Thanks to visionaries like Ed Mazria and leaders like the folks at HOLT, we have only to implement the restorative power we already possess.
Sustainable Tompkins is working with the Owego branch of RAFT (Residents Against Fracking Tioga) to make a positive difference in the conversation around energy and climate. As a follow-up to our February 9 movie and conversation about “When Climate Change Hits Home,” we have put together what promises to be a fun and informative day of hands-on education for homeowners and businesses about the many ways they can participate in the transition to a clean energy economy. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to all of you who made a gift to Sustainable Tompkins in 2012. Your gifts and membership donations not only support the work we do to convene and catalyze people in our area working toward a more sustainable future, but they also go a long way in demonstrating community support for our work to foundations and others who help us make a difference. If you aren’t already a member, or forgot to make your year end gift please click on our donate link and make a gift today!
Even as we might be tempted to relax and enjoy this mild December weather, New Yorkers understand we have to invigorate a collective response to the multiple threats that climate change poses to our security and our economy.
Under the leadership of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Sustainable Tompkins is working with a coalition of Cortland and Tompkins County nonprofits, colleges, businesses, and local governments to support ongoing planning and action to make our region more climate friendly and climate resilient. The Lifton climate coalition has been meeting to plan a major regional conference focused on how our local governments, institutions, and businesses can both lower fossil carbon emissions and prepare for multiple impacts of a turbulent climate regime. The ‘Climate Smart & Climate Ready’ conference will take place April 19-21, 2013.
We invite you to join us in this regional conversation at the Ithaca premiere of ‘Chasing Ice’ at Cinemapolis on Friday, December 21 at 6:45 pm. This award-winning documentary by James Balog was created from years of time-lapse filming under the extreme conditions of the planet’s polar regions.
Originally a climate skeptic, Balog encountered the undeniable evidence of global warming on his first visit to Iceland in 2005. What he saw made him realize the scope of the greatest risk that humanity has ever taken, and he decided to launch the Extreme Ice Survey and capture multiple years of arctic climate change on film. Read the rest of this entry »
Since 2006, staff and board members at Sustainable Tompkins have identified and honored individuals and organizations emerging on the local scene, all doing their part to advance community sustainability. With a record number of such “signs” this year, there’s a lot to celebrate!
Please join us in honor of hundreds of your friends and neighbors and celebrate their contributions in co-creating a more sustainable community.
Everyone is invited to the “Signs of Sustainability” reception on Sunday, December 2nd from 4:30-6:30pm at the Wine Center in downtown Ithaca. This will be our biggest Signs of Sustainability celebration yet – don’t miss it! Our celebration will include brief remarks around 5:00 pm, leaving ample time for enjoying one another’s company with free food and beverages, including local wines courtesy of King Ferry Winery. You are welcome to come for all or part of the event. We’ll post all the “signs” we saw this year – including yours! – on the walls at the Wine Center, so you can browse them at your leisure. Please RSVP through our Facebook page. We hope to see you there!
For more information, email email@example.com, visit our Signs of Sustainability web page, or call 607-216-1552.
Special thanks to the Park Foundation, Sustainable Tompkins donors, members and volunteers who make it possible for us to continue our work.
Join us at the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair (IAGF) on December 1, 2012 from 11am-6pm. We’ll be at table 10 in the First Presbyterian Church in DeWitt Park. Since 2004, the IAGF has hosted an annual fair featuring dozens of hard-working local community groups working to make a better future for all of us. Show your love for what really matters this holiday season by supporting Sustainable Tompkins in our work to craft a more equitable and sustainable community.
Special Screening of New Documentary Film and Discussion
Finger Lakes Bioneers presents:
YERT – (Your Environmental Road Trip)
Where: Greenstar’s “The Space” venue– access via northside of 700 W. Buffalo St. Just west of N. Fulton St. at the intersection with W. Court St. parking is available — across from Finger Lakes Fabricating. Free Admission, but donations welcome. About 70 minutes for film plus time for discussion. THANKS TO PURITY ICE CREAM for donating a special treat for attendees!
This special New York version of the film will be introduced by two of its traveling producers whose own story is a topical component– Ben Evans and Julie Dingman Evans, actors turned real world sustainability ‘detectives’… This project has been underway for five years and is based around a 50-state research tour into the environmental challenges and potential solutions that citizens and activists are engaged with across the country; the documentary offers a combination of serious and humorous insights.
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