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.

March 15, 2017

Polls are Open for 2017 ‘Signs of Sustainability’ Awards

Now more than ever, it is time to make your voice heard, reaffirm our values, and connect with fellow activists.  The People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability Awards are selected through an online poll of community members who nominate those they believe made a contribution in the past year.

Voting is simple.  You can head to the online voting booth at  to show your support for the people that stepped up in the past year to make ours a more sustainable and socially just community.  You can vote up to 5 times for a mix of your favorite sustainability heroines/heroes. Polls will close on April 15.  Nominations can be made in four categories (Individual, Youth, Organization, Business) and voters are asked to note which sectors were impacted and to provide contact information for their nominee.

Nominees and the top vote getters will be announced at the annual Earth Day Ithaca Celebration on Saturday, April 29, 4:00 to 4:30 pm, at The Space. Thanks to sponsorship by Beck Equipment, our Earth Day 2017 program will include a Rally and March for Climate, Jobs & Justice, workshops, music, food and lots of camaraderie.

March 14, 2017

Go Solar Bringing Information, Solutions to County Residents

Tompkins Weekly          3-12-17

By Guillermo Metz

February, 2017. Temperatures in the 50s, 60s and even 70s. More sun than we’re accustomed to in upstate New York in February. It’s been pretty nice, but for those of us working on energy issues and the underlying causes of climate change, it’s been very alarming.

There is one thing you can do, though, to capitalize on all that sun and address one of the primary causes of climate change: Go solar. Transition as much of your energy as possible to clean electricity produced by your own solar panels.

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March 7, 2017

Earth Day Ithaca & People’s Climate March

Sustainable Tompkins will be hosting this year’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Special thanks to Beck Equipment for being a major sponsor again!  Thanks also to SewGreen for being one of our Climate March sponsors!

This year we are very excited to be holding our Earth Day event in conjunction with the national March for Climate, Jobs and Justice with the People’s Climate Movement in Washington DC. The day’s events will kick off with an open space event at 10 a.m. facilitated by Joey Gates and Cathleen Banford. We will explore the question of, “What are your barriers to living an environmentally sustainable life?” Topics will be proposed and explored by attendees and can be anything related to this central question. For example, a topic could be finding affordable housing that is also on a bus line. From there, at 11:30, we will head over to the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons for music by Colleen Kattau and Burns & Kristy and to rally for our sister People’s Climate March down to the Space @ Greenstar. There, we will be greeted by more music, exhibitors working on local sustainability solutions, as well as have a chance to eat lunch from one of our local food vendors. Read more…

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