Sustainable Tompkins has several programs and projects. Read below to learn about our current programs, as well as some projects we have helped to launch in the past.
Since 2008, the Neighborhood Mini-grants program has awarded over $60,000 to support almost 160 innovative, grassroots projects throughout Tompkins County. Our goal is to support and stimulate resident-based, grassroots initiatives that improve the quality of life of residents by building capacity, resilience, and leadership through collaborative projects.
The Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes area while strengthening our regional economy and assisting local families in need.
Carbon offset donations are used for grants to fund energy efficiency projects that would not otherwise be possible in low to moderate income households in the Finger Lakes region. These grants help pay for insulation, air sealing, energy efficient heating equipment, and other upgrades to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The Finger Lakes Climate Fund is also investigating other cost-effective local carbon offset projects such as solar hot water, solar photovoltaic, biomass heating, and other renewable energy projects.
The Finger Lakes Climate Fund is a way for people to support our community while offsetting their home, plane, or vehicle pollution.