Signs of Sustainability

We have a long way to go, but we're making progress. Here are some signs that we are moving towards sustainability.

September 12, 2017

CCE Tompkins’ Green Buildings Open House Sure to Inspire

Tompkins Weekly         9-11-17

By Guillermo Metz

It’s back! After taking a couple of years off to focus on other work, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is bringing back the Green Buildings Open House. For one day, Saturday, September 30, you can visit homes throughout Tompkins County that feature the latest and time-honored green building methods, materials and technologies.

The one-day format represents a departure, returning to the early years of the tour, which has been running locally for more than 15 years. During that time, many green building features that would have been really exceptional have become mainstream, like solar and above-code energy-efficient construction. That’s great news for our community!

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August 15, 2017

Sustainable Finger Lakes Map Created

Tompkins Weekly                   8-15-17

By Gay Nicholson

The morning after November’s election I woke with an urgent awareness that we must find ways to be more effective in protecting our democracy and common future. I knew we’d be facing an era of even more denial of environmental, economic, and social realities. And I knew that organizing at the regional level might be the missing piece for us.

My friend Susan Christopherson taught me about the importance of working on economic development at the regional scale for the necessary balance in supply chains, workforce, and markets. The same holds true for political change at the level of state and federal districts. And a regional culture can be an expression of norms, values, and habits of mind as much as music, cuisine, or dialect. We can’t be content with trying to build tiny islands of sustainability practices in places like Ithaca. The necessary changes have to go across municipal boundaries and work at scale.

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July 25, 2017

Sustainability For All

Tompkins Weekly           7-24-17

By Joanne Cipolla-Dennis and Deborah Cipolla-Dennis

A sustainable community is in the eye of the beholder. An environment may be sustainable for many organisms, but not sustainable at all for others.

For example, apple trees find our upstate New York winters sustainable. However, mango trees do not. How does a community become sustainable not only for the majority of people, but also for marginalized populations? How do we ensure that all voices are heard in the planning, developing, and governing of our community?

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