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Nitrogen Cascade Harms Vegetation, Human Health

October 28, 2020 - 2:20 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 10-28-20 By Richard W. Franke Plants appear to require about 18 essential elements to thrive. Some of these — zinc, iron, manganese, cobalt, nickel, etc. — are needed in small amounts called micronutrients. Carbon and oxygen, however, each make up around 45% of the dry weight of a plant, while hydrogen adds another […]

Trees Up Tompkins: Working for the Common Good

October 14, 2020 - 3:35 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 10-14-20 By Patricia Ladley Do you remember your mother’s instruction, so often repeated: “Eat your vegetables. They’re good for you”? Mother Earth also has something to say to her children: “Plant trees. They’re good for you!” These amazing beings we call trees not only provide beauty and support biodiversity, but they also filter […]

Fall Composting for Sustainability

September 25, 2020 - 2:02 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 9-23-20 By Adam Michaelides It won’t be long until it’s time to clean up the garden and prepare for the next growing season. In just a few weeks, our yards, sidewalks and streets will be littered with leaves. Before the snow flies, we have the opportunity to set ourselves up for the colder […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Applications Due October 1

September 11, 2020 - 2:25 pm

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Do you have an idea for a project to make our community more sustainable, resilient, or inclusive? Need a little help in covering the costs? Sustainable Tompkins is accepting applications for our fall/winter 2020 round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants. The Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant program supports initiatives improving environmental sustainability, equity, and environmental, economic, and social justice in Tompkins County. Since it began in 2008, it […]

Energy Audits: The First Step to Savings

September 9, 2020 - 10:04 am

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Tompkins Weekly 9-9-20 By Phil Cherry An energy audit is not like an IRS audit. It’s nothing to be afraid of, and in fact, it may actually save you money. An energy audit is also often called an “energy assessment” because it assesses the energy efficiency of your home and identifies areas where your house […]

COVID-19 and the Green New Deal

August 27, 2020 - 9:19 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 8-26-20 By Osamu Tsuda 2020 has so far been a very surreal time for many of us. Sometimes, it can be hard to remember that less than a year ago, we were still living in a time where the economy was supposedly at its peak and social distancing was not even a thing. […]

Rethink Single-Use Plastics at Festivals

August 12, 2020 - 10:07 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 8-12-20 By Clarissa Plank This summer, many of us are missing those quirky and unique celebrations of Ithaca — our festivals. While I’m devastated that our community is missing out on our festivals this year, let’s take this as an opportunity to pause, to rethink and to make sure that when the festivals […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Support Indigo Dye Workshop and Native Tree Planting

August 9, 2020 - 2:07 pm

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Even in the COVID-19 pandemic, Tompkins County residents are growing initiatives to build resilience, environmental stewardship, community, and social justice. In April 2020, two Neighborhood Mini-Grants totaling $1,000 were awarded to Luna Fiber Studio and Trees Up Tompkins. Luna Fiber Studio is hosting De-colonizing Dyes, an indigo seed-to-fiber workshop with underserved teenagers in the Youth Farm […]

Water’s Power in Forwarding Sustainability Efforts

July 22, 2020 - 12:19 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 7-22-20 By Tony Del Plato The Finger Lakes region has been inhabited by peoples for at least 12 millennia, most recently by the five (then six) nations of the Haudenosaunee, followed by immigrants, mostly from Europe. The culture and technologies of feeding them determined the sustainability of their communities. An understanding of the […]

Food Farming, Water for Sustainability

July 16, 2020 - 11:49 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 7-15-20 By Tony Del Plato and Brian Caldwell The Haudenosaunee have occupied and farmed the Finger Lakes region for over 2000 years. The Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) were part of their cultural and agricultural foundation. Corn, maize, is recognized as a gift from indigenous America to the world. About 60% of […]