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Building Green for All

March 13, 2019 - 5:06 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 3-13-19 By Jean Rightmire In an ideal world, housing should be producing energy rather than consuming it. Call it “green,” “energy conserving,” “energy efficient,” or “sustainable,” any home should be healthy, be easily maintained, cause little or no pollution, and be affordable for all families and individuals to attain. While this is far […]

Purity is First Winner of HeatSmart Stewardship Award

February 27, 2019 - 8:03 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 2-27-19 By Jonathan Comstock You already loved Purity Ice Cream, but now you can love them even more. When the owners of the iconic Ithaca institution renovated their shop, they decided to scoop out a little happiness for the planet, too. Today, Purity heats and cools its entire operation with high-efficiency ground source […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Supports Climate Change Education in Tompkins County Schools

February 17, 2019 - 6:45 pm

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Effective local action to address climate change requires a populace to understand  the complex science and social dimensions of this global threat. To this end, the Ithaca-based Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) created The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change and is engaged in an ongoing effort to distribute it to all high school science teachers in […]

Nuclear Arms and Climate Disruption: Two Inconvenient Truths

February 14, 2019 - 1:13 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 2-13-19 By Dr. Charles Geisler At a time when major nuclear arms treaties are being orphaned and thick reports on climate disruption are accumulating like waves on a stormy beach, many are asking if there are connections between the two. The answer is an obvious and uncomfortable yes. Consider ‘nuclear winter,’ the name […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Applications Due March 1

February 1, 2019 - 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 spring round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants. Applications are due March 1. The Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant program provides support for initiatives promoting environmental sustainability, equity, and environmental, economic, and social justice in Tompkins County.  Grants range from $150-$750 […]

An Easily Digestible Climate Crisis Solution

January 30, 2019 - 11:35 am

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Tompkins Weekly 1-30-18 By Amie Hamlin Recently, the term “climate crisis” has started to replace the term “climate change.” Some worry that this newer terminology will scare people. That is exactly the point – to communicate the seriousness of what is happening to our planet, which is dire. There is not a lot of time […]

Fiber Artists Inspired by Cayuga Lake Watershed

January 16, 2019 - 4:24 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 1-16-19 By Patricia Haines Gooding For generations, quilts have embodied creativity, heritage, and community. Over the last decade, watershed groups across the country have begun turning to the art of quilting to spark public awareness of the increasingly critical importance of protecting our precious water resources. For a few examples:• In 2006 in […]

Community Decision Making: Voice

December 26, 2018 - 6:02 pm

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Tompkins Weekly     12-24-18 By Cathleen Banford In September, I attended the “Local Economic Development Conference,” organized by Veronica Johnson and the Civil Advocacy Project. Guest speaker Bruce Seifer, with the support of Bernie Sanders, began the work of promoting progressive entrepreneurship in Burlington, VT. Small businesses grew in the wake of Seifer’s advocacy. […]

It’s Time to “Seal the Cracks” Again!

December 17, 2018 - 8:09 pm

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Tompkins Weekly       12-17-18 By Gay Nicholson It is that time of year again – every fall and winter we ask you to help us Seal the Cracks in homes across the Finger Lakes Region, doing our part in fighting climate change while helping others in need. Working together, we are making a difference across our […]

Heat Locally to Benefit Yourself, Your Community, and the Planet

December 10, 2018 - 4:23 pm

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Tompkins Weekly           12-10-18 By Guillermo Metz Do you know where your home’s heat comes from? Most of us burn something — usually, gas, oil, or propane — but most of us are blissfully unaware of where that fuel comes from. Many people are becoming more aware of where their food […]