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Project Documents Sustainable Farming

February 10, 2021 - 7:47 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 2-10-21 By Graham Savio Agriculture is a relatively minor contributor toward greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 9.9% of total U.S. emissions in 2018 according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, the sector has substantial capacity to contribute toward climate change mitigation efforts by offsetting emissions from other sectors as […]

Composting for Food, Economic Security

January 27, 2021 - 10:11 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 1-27-21 By Adam Michaelides With temperatures hovering around freezing and the ground blanketed with snow, it is hard to remember the lush green of spring, the heat of summer and the bounty of fall. However, they are coming. The days are growing longer and lighter, and before we know it, warm days will […]

Food, Social, Climate Justice for All

January 14, 2021 - 9:32 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 1-13-21 By Cathleen and Eric Banford In a time when life looks more like an emerging dystopia than a healthy society, many of us are motivated to reexamine our part in it all. If we are aware enough to understand what’s really going on outside of this surge of divisiveness, we understand one […]

Farewell From Tom Shelley

December 23, 2020 - 8:30 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 12-23-20 By Thomas Shelley As some of you may know, I am retiring from my current role as an environmental activist at the end of December to pursue other life goals. I have been managing the Signs of Sustainability series for Sustainable Tompkins for 12 years. Over this time, scores of local sustainability-related […]

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Funds Trail Renovation in Dryden

December 19, 2020 - 6:52 pm

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Tompkins County contains a wealth of trails, but some have fallen into disrepair and disuse without the care they need. A wooded trail in the Town of Dryden, between the Varna Community Center and the adjacent Hillside Acres Mobile Home Park, went many years without maintenance and became overgrown to the point of near-impassability. In […]

Businesses Lead Way in Climate Action

December 9, 2020 - 2:43 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 12-9-20 By Sustainable Tompkins The heat is on! Typically in our climate-change-fueled work, this would not be a great phrase to hear. However, for our 2020 Finger Lakes Enterprises for Climate Action campaign (FLECA), it’s music to our ears. This fall, Sustainable Tompkins launched our very first local-business-focused offsetting campaign for our Finger […]

Replace Windows for Energy Savings? It’s Not That Simple

November 25, 2020 - 10:03 am

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Tompkins Weekly 11-25-20 By Phil Cherry When you ask someone what energy improvement they want to make in their home, the answer you often hear is “windows.” People want replacement windows because they often look nicer, work better than the old ones they want to replace and they think they can save energy with new […]

Centering Sustainability, Justice in Farming

November 11, 2020 - 6:14 pm

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Tompkins Weekly 11-10-20 By Groundswell Center Staff At a moment in history when critical mass feels essential to make change, we are reminded of the words from the late Grace Lee Boggs, “In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It’s always about critical connections.” At the heart of sustainability is […]

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 […]