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“Getting Climate Action Right”
by Osamu Tsuda, member of Sustainable Tompkins Board of Directors

Climate Change – we hear about it a lot these days. Whether it is your neighbor talking about how the weather has become more extreme over the past decade or news reports about how we need to pass climate policy to avoid catastrophic disasters, the information and chatter on the topic can be overwhelming. From violent storms in the south, extensive wildfires in the west, severe flooding in the east, to melting ice caps in the north, as individuals we can feel quite helpless at times and resort to blocking it all out. Maybe if we wait long enough the problems will resolve themselves. After all, what kind of impact could we really have as individuals? 

As it turns out, there is a lot we can do! It is often easy to see all the destruction happening around us and forget or ignore the amazing resilient nature of human beings. Despite the delays and controversy, there have been many efforts to address the major threat of Climate Change, and now New York State is in the process of developing a climate action plan that will shape the fate of our state and the nation as a whole.  Read more…

 
May 25 at Noon! “Finger Lakes Forecast: Reducing Flood Risks for Your Home”

Join us on May 25th at Noon for “Finger Lakes Forecast: Reducing Flood Risks for Your Home” to learn how the recent changes to FEMA’s flood maps will affect you and your home. Hear Scott Doyle, formerly of Tompkins County Planning & Sustainability, Sally Hoyt of Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and Alan Springett, hydrologist and flood mitigation specialist, discuss FEMA’s new flood maps and findings, flood insurance options, and tips for how you can reduce flood damage to your home. The webinar will end with a Q&A session during which attendees can address our panelists. Register here for this event: bit.ly/May25forecast. This is the second webinar in our Spring Finger Lakes Forecast Webinar Series which focuses on how climate change will impact life in the Finger Lakes region and what people can do for themselves and their communities to prepare. The first webinar in the series was held on April 27th and focused on climate disruption and food security. It included a screening of Our Farmers in Flux, Adapting to Climate Change, a short documentary by Shira Evergreen and Uplifted Ithaca, and a panel discussion with local organic farmers. View the recording of the Finger Lakes Forecast: Climate Disruption & Food Security webinar on the Sustainable Tompkins YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4R96HPVfMQ
 
Register today for “Finger Lakes Forecast: Climate Disruption & Food Security” (April 27)

Our new webinar series, Finger Lakes Forecast, focuses on how climate change will impact life in the Finger Lakes Region and what people can do for themselves and their communities to prepare. This webinar series is free and open to the public. The first of these webinars, Climate Disruption and Food Security, will take place at 12pm EST on April 27 and include a screening of Uplifted Ithaca’s short documentary, Our Farmers in Flux: Adapting to Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion with Graham Savio, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County; Katie Hallas, Tompkins Food Future; Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain; and Chaw Chang, Stick and Stone Farm. Register online. https://bit.ly/Apr27forecast

On May 25th, we will host our second Finger Lakes Forecast webinar which will explore ways residents of the Finger Lakes can reduce flood risk for their homes. Additional topics to be covered in the webinar series include Policies to Reduce Harmful Algae Blooms in the Finger Lakes, Land Use and Renewable Energy, Public Health in a Hotter Finger Lakes, and FLX Demographic and Economic Trends.

Sustainable Tompkins is a citizen-based coalition working towards a more sustainable regional community. We advocate a systems approach to build the infrastructure and social capacity for more sustainable ways of living and working. Our projects and programs have focused on energy efficiency, climate protection, green purchasing, sustainable community development, green collar jobs, sustainable enterprise, and economic/ecological justice. Our office is open by appointment at 309 N. Aurora Street in Ithaca.

To learn more, email our Outreach Coordinator at sarah@sustainabletompkins.org.

 
Signs of Sustainability
New Cooperative Farm Coming to Danby

Tompkins Weekly        5-11-22

By Cathleen and Eric Banford

Danby residents will be welcoming new neighbors soon. We talked with Christa Núñez, Chacha Foli and Sonja Taylor about how this will provide opportunities for the participating Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) families and why the initiative is so meaningful.

“Hornbrook Farm came as a product of Khuba International’s Quarter Acre for the People Project, where we purchased a 14-acre parcel on Hornbrook Road in Danby, New York,” she said.

A handful of new BIPOC farmers will be cooperatively farming it, developing housing there, and will own it together, she said.

Read more…

Local Organizations Show Their Care for Earth

Tompkins Weekly    4-27-22

By Eric and Cathleen Banford

We visited the Ithaca Farmers Market (IFM) during the beautiful spring Earth Day Celebration to hear the perspectives of the eco-minded individuals working for the benefit of all. It was a beautiful spring day, good food smells filled the air, and the dock was filled with people enjoying being by the water. There was a strong sense of community.

We were interested to hear the perspectives of each Earth Day volunteer, including what they’re most passionate about regarding building more resilient and ecologically sound food systems.

We began our day at the composting table, where we met Adam Michaelides, Marissa McKown and Abby Aitken. McKown mentioned noticing wasteful things such as individually wrapped candies and said, “I wrestle with an internal sliding scale of what can I practically do something about, what am I going to actively worry about today.”

Read more…

Celebrate Electric Vehicles for Earth Day

Tompkins Weekly     4-13-22

By Holly Payne

The price of gas is well over $4/gallon, but electric vehicle (EV) drivers couldn’t be happier!

Because EVs run on electricity, you can skip the gas pump and just plug into an electric charger. Most commonly, drivers simply plug into a safely installed EV charging cable that hooks up to a home outlet (the same way a washer/dryer does). Compared with what owners would have spent on gas, home electricity is much cheaper (60% less on average — and even cheaper since the cost of gas has spiked).

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) invites everyone to check out its upcoming event, Most Affordable EVs for Earth Day, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cass Park’s skating rink, 701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca.

In partnership with Drive Electric Earth Day and Energetics, CCE-Tompkins will display the most affordable electric vehicles (and a couple of high-end models as well).

Read more…




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“Getting Climate Action Right”
by Osamu Tsuda, member of Sustainable Tompkins Board of Directors

Climate Change – we hear about it a lot these days. Whether it is your neighbor talking about how the weather has become more extreme over the past decade or news reports about how we need to pass climate policy to avoid catastrophic disasters, the information and chatter on the topic can be overwhelming. From violent storms in the south, extensive wildfires in the west, severe flooding in the east, to melting ice caps in the north, as individuals we can feel quite helpless at times and resort to blocking it all out. Maybe if we wait long enough the problems will resolve themselves. After all, what kind of impact could we really have as individuals? 

As it turns out, there is a lot we can do! It is often easy to see all the destruction happening around us and forget or ignore the amazing resilient nature of human beings. Despite the delays and controversy, there have been many efforts to address the major threat of Climate Change, and now New York State is in the process of developing a climate action plan that will shape the fate of our state and the nation as a whole.  Read more…

 
Register today for “Finger Lakes Forecast: Climate Disruption & Food Security” (April 27)

Our new webinar series, Finger Lakes Forecast, focuses on how climate change will impact life in the Finger Lakes Region and what people can do for themselves and their communities to prepare. This webinar series is free and open to the public. The first of these webinars, Climate Disruption and Food Security, will take place at 12pm EST on April 27 and include a screening of Uplifted Ithaca’s short documentary, Our Farmers in Flux: Adapting to Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion with Graham Savio, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County; Katie Hallas, Tompkins Food Future; Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain; and Chaw Chang, Stick and Stone Farm. Register online. https://bit.ly/Apr27forecast

On May 25th, we will host our second Finger Lakes Forecast webinar which will explore ways residents of the Finger Lakes can reduce flood risk for their homes. Additional topics to be covered in the webinar series include Policies to Reduce Harmful Algae Blooms in the Finger Lakes, Land Use and Renewable Energy, Public Health in a Hotter Finger Lakes, and FLX Demographic and Economic Trends.

Sustainable Tompkins is a citizen-based coalition working towards a more sustainable regional community. We advocate a systems approach to build the infrastructure and social capacity for more sustainable ways of living and working. Our projects and programs have focused on energy efficiency, climate protection, green purchasing, sustainable community development, green collar jobs, sustainable enterprise, and economic/ecological justice. Our office is open by appointment at 309 N. Aurora Street in Ithaca.

To learn more, email our Outreach Coordinator at sarah@sustainabletompkins.org.

 
Sustainable Tompkins Puts Sustainability on the Map

screenshot of section of sustainability mapThe Sustainable Finger Lakes Map created by Sustainable Tompkins provides a visual interface for people interested in learning more about the regional sustainability movement. People are coming together across our region to relocalize the economy, make our systems of local governance more just and democratic, and protect our land, air, and water for future generations. The Map currently has over 800 entries and allows visitors to quickly search 8 main categories of sustainable living for local programs, businesses, and activities. Regional businesses or groups are invited to put themselves on the Map! If they are working on some aspect of a more sustainable system, they can register online and submit a short description of their sustainability efforts, and contact information. Submissions are reviewed on a weekly basis.

With a shared goal to assure a future landscape in which all of us can thrive despite the many changes underway, community members are invited to help build this map of the sustainability and democracy movement in the Finger Lakes Region. Residents can add what they are working on, plug in where they can make a difference, and spread the word to share with others. Visit the Map to discover the creative and the compassionate, the solidarity builders and the self-reliant, the pioneers and the protectors of a sustainable future.

Recent additions to the Map include Lev Kitchen, Central New York Labor Federation, Food Policy Council of Tompkins County, and Oxbow Farm. Located downtown on the Ithaca Commons, Lev Kitchen is one of Ithaca’s newest restaurants and features Yemeni flatbread called Malawach and the amalgamation of distinctive cuisines and cultures from countries such as Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Opened in March 2022, they aim to embrace business transparency, explore what it means to be a “sustainable” food service operator, and support food security by donating 1% of all revenues to the World Food Program and their relief efforts around the world. Read more…