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Local Teen Cooks for the Climate

Shea Nolan probably had one of the more sustainability focused childhoods in Ithaca. The father of this LACS graduating senior is the owner of Home Green Home on the Ithaca Commons, so Shea’s family was always checking out products for their performance and their ecological footprint. He now has the chance to share some of […]

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Ithaca High Duo Receives First Youth Climate Challenge Grant

The first grant award in the Youth Climate Challenge from Sustainable Tompkins has been made to two Ithaca High School students, Tilden Chao and Abigail Glickman.  The students submitted their Keep It Cool: The Future of Refrigeration proposal in April, and received a grant of $990 to pursue their innovative and unique outreach and education […]

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Heat Pump Workshop Video

Sustainable Tompkins hosted a workshop on “Building and Heating with the Climate in Mind” on March 17, 2015 at Hotel Ithaca.  Professor Brice Smith of SUNY Cortland and Melissa Kemp of Solar Tompkins joined Gay Nicholson in presenting their case for using alternatives to methane to heat new buildings in Tompkins County.

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Heat Pump Workshop, part 1/6 – Gay Nicholson
Heat Pump Workshop, part 2/6 – Brice Smith
Heat Pump Workshop, part 3/6 – Melissa Kemp
Heat Pump Workshop, part 4/6 – Brice Smith
Heat Pump Workshop, part 5/6 – Smarter Design
Heat Pump Workshop, part 6/6 – Summary and Q&A

A Clean Energy Future for Everyone

Climate change and income inequality are big problems. That’s why it’s great when we can do something about both at the same time! Our Finger Lakes Climate Fund helps local lower-income families with gap financing for home energy efficiency improvements.

Reduce your fossil energy use, and then offset the rest. It’s surprisingly affordable and only takes a few minutes!

Local Voices take up the Energy Challenge

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Buttoning Up a First Home

Walking Their Talk on Fracking

It’s Easier with a Team

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Sustainable Tompkins created the Energy Challenge in 2009 as the fight against fracking in NYS geared up. We believed that most of the folks showing concern about gas drilling were also interested in living more sustainably – but how could we prove it? How could we demonstrate that we “walk our talk” when it comes to opposing drilling for natural gas?

Our online pledge platform gave homeowners, renters, and businesses customized checklists and links for how they could wean themselves from fossil fuel use for electricity, hot water, heating, transportation, and food consumption. Several hundred local residents took the Energy Challenge and many of them are now both activists against fossil fuel build-out and ambassadors for low-carbon lifestyles.

We continue to provide leadership and support for overcoming our dependency on fossil fuel through our community partnerships and service.

Roots of the Energy Challenge


Gay Nicholson on why we must take up the Energy Challenge!    Check out more roots of the Finger Lakes Energy Challenge here.