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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 […]

Lack of Regulation Leads to Courthouse Showdown

November 12, 2018 - 5:56 pm

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Tompkins Weekly    11-12-18 By Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now Cayuga Lake is at risk. Our beloved lake provides drinking water for over 40,000 people residing in at least six municipalities, not to mention the numerous private wells along the entire shoreline. However, the quality of Cayuga’s waters is threatened by nutrient-loading manure from large […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Application Deadline December 1

November 8, 2018 - 4:42 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 winter round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants. Applications are due December 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.

Uh Oh, Here Comes Winter

October 22, 2018 - 4:28 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 10-22-18 By Anne Rhodes Winter – the season that challenges us to heat our homes without heating our planet. Everyone wants to stay warm and comfortable in their home, and luckily there are lots of strategies and solutions to help us do just that – including some that won’t add to our climate […]

Home Composting

October 9, 2018 - 3:39 pm

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Tompkins Weekly   10-8-18 By Adam Michaelides Fall is an excellent time of year to compost. Dead leaves are becoming abundant once again. These “brown” materials are just what the outdoor compost needs throughout the year to feed microorganisms, and provide adequate airflow. If you compost outdoors, take the time to squirrel away bags of dry […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Supports Recycling by the Family Reading Parnership

September 28, 2018 - 9:08 pm

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Sometimes a small investment can have a large impact on an organization or business’s operations, raising efficiency while reducing environmental impacts. The Family Reading Partnership, a Danby-based organization devoted to distributing children’s books throughout Tompkins County, has long taken its recyclables to the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center, a 14-mile round trip made […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Support Storytelling and Gardening Gatherings

September 26, 2018 - 10:46 pm

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From addressing large-scale social justice issues to helping individuals grow their own food, organizations can bring people together to build more connected, resilient communities in many ways. In September 2018, two Neighborhood Mini-Grants totaling $600 were awarded to Civic Ensemble and the Floral Avenue Community Garden. Civic Ensemble, an Ithaca-based theatre company devoted to exploring […]