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Polls Close April 21 for People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability Awards

Don’t forget to VOTE for your sustainability and social justice heroes of the past year!  Learn more here.

 

 
March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

 

Join us for our Ithaca Earth Day event centered around the national March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in Washington DC on Saturday April 29. We’re hoping for at least 1,000 marchers in Ithaca to visibly show our concern for the rapid deterioration of the planet, as well as the need for local and statewide leadership on energy democracy, green jobs, and environmental justice.

We’re asking marchers to gather at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons at 11:30 AM for live music and speakers. At 12:15, the march will proceed on a marked route to the Space @ GreenStar, to enjoy more music, food vendors, speakers, and exhibits framed around the themes of Keep it in the Ground, Clean Energy, and Low Carbon Living.

How you can help:

  1. Spread the word. Talk to your neighbors, schools, clubs, and organizations about the importance of having a voice in what is happening to the earth as a result of climate change.
  2. Make signs. We will be hosting sign-making events in the days leading up to the march, and we invite each of you to make a sign that reflects your values.
  3. Volunteer to be a route marshall, be on the set-up and clean-up teams etc.
  4. Bring your friends, family, and co-workers to the march!

Specials thanks to Beck Equipment for being a major sponsor of the Earth Day events, and to NP Environmental, Snug Planet, Halco, Twin Tier Solar & Wind, and SewGreen for being march sponsors. Thank you to musicians Burns & Kristie for opening our Rally with their performances.  Thanks also to Taitem Engineering for sponsoring the Fall Creek Brass Band to lead us from the Rally on the Commons to the Rally at the Space. Gratitude to The Sustainability Center for sponsoring our 2017 Signs of Sustainability Awards!

Here’s a schedule of the day’s events: Read more…

 
Polls are Open for 2017 ‘Signs of Sustainability’ Awards

VOTE HERE!  Now more than ever, it is time to make your voice heard, reaffirm our values, and connect with fellow activists.  The People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability Awards are selected through an online poll of community members who nominate those they believe made a contribution in the past year.

Voting is simple.  You can head to the online voting booth at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SignsofSustainability2017  to show your support for the people that stepped up in the past year to make ours a more sustainable and socially just community.  You can vote up to 5 times for a mix of your favorite sustainability heroines/heroes. Polls will close on April 21.  Nominations can be made in four categories (Individual, Youth, Organization, Business) and voters are asked to note which sectors were impacted and to provide contact information for their nominee.

Nominees and the top vote getters will be announced at the annual Earth Day Ithaca Celebration on Saturday, April 29, 4:00 to 4:30 pm, at The Space. Thanks to sponsorship by Beck Equipment, our Earth Day 2017 program will include a Rally and March for Climate, Jobs & Justice, workshops, music, food and lots of camaraderie.

 
Signs of Sustainability
Earth Day 2017

Tompkins Weekly       4-24-17

By Joey Diana Gates

Every spring is different and unfolds in its own time and in its own way. It is the time when the cold and the warmth engage in a tug of war for ruling the weather. Much like the political climate we are currently living in, where the struggles to control and save our social safety nets play out in heated debate. In times such as this, movements like the environmental one grow and swell in ranks as many are shaken out of complacency and propelled into the streets to safeguard our ecosystems and climate. It is in this vein that we, nationally and as a community here, observe and celebrate Earth Day this year.

On the traditional Earth Day of Saturday, April 22, many events are happening throughout the community, while the National Earth Day Network hosts the March for Science in Washington, D.C. Locally, the following weekend, on Saturday, April 29, under the sponsorship of Sustainable Tompkins, we will have a day full of events to help us find our voices, lift them up and join the chorus in pursuit of a more sustainable life through policy change and action. Ithaca’s March for Climate, Jobs and Justice will be one of 250 across the U.S. in association with the People’s Climate Movement.

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Get Down to Earth with Master Composters

Tompkins Weekly        4-10-17

By Lisbet Rattenborg and Shweta Dharlwal

With the help of worms, leaves, microscopic organisms and a little care, anyone can learn to turn food scraps and lawn waste into high quality garden soil.

That’s the guiding philosophy behind this year’s Compost Fair, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Composters. While 3,400 rubber ducks bob down the Cascadilla Gorge Trail as part of the 4-H Duck Race, an equal quantity of compost worms will be wiggling around waiting to be adopted by members of the public at this year’s Compost Fair. Worm bins, Earth Machines, DIY compost bins, and Japanese bokashi fermentation are just a few of the compost techniques that will be demonstrated at Cooperative Extension from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23. The fair will be largely organized by Master Composter volunteers, people from all backgrounds who are committed to building community composting skills.

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HeatSmart Shares Benefits of Fossil-free Heating, Cooling

Tompkins Weekly        3-27-17

By Jonathan Comstock

Residents across Tompkins County are discovering that they can make their homes more comfortable year round while simultaneously doing their part to reduce the world-wide-waste, pollution, and climate change impacts associated with fossil fuel based energy use.

How is this accomplished? Through electric heat pump systems. Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from one place to another, and are used for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Heat pump systems may sound confusing, but that’s where HeatSmart, a program of Solar Tompkins, plays a role in helping homeowners sort through the many choices available for home energy efficiency improvements.

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