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Youth Climate Challenge Awardees at Ithaca Global Strike for Climate

Abigail Glickman and Tilden Chao inspired a large crowd of local high school and college students at the Global Climate Strike on March 15 on the Ithaca Commons. The students explained the importance of their ‘Keep It Cool: The Future of Refrigeration’ project funded by a Youth Climate Challenge grant of $990 to pursue their […]

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Cornell Climate Change Seminar Well Received

Gay Nicholson shared the story of our Finger Lakes Climate Fund to a large audience of students and faculty at Cornell on February 18. The seminar series “Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge” mostly focuses on the issue from a global and national level, so our presentation on “Local Carbon Offsets for Energy Democracy” was […]

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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.