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.

May 14, 2020

After COVID-19, Climate Solutions

Tompkins Weekly 5-13-20

By Miranda Phillips

U.S. mayors tell us that their new “normal” after COVID-19 will include climate measures. I’m heartened to hear this, especially because well-designed climate solutions can significantly boost our ailing economy. And COVID-19 actually has a number of lessons that we’d do well to remember when taking climate action:

First, we underestimate risk. When COVID-19 first appeared in other countries, we were slow to act, not seeing the great risk to ourselves. The same holds true for climate change: A majority of Americans say that climate change is happening, that it’s man-made and concerning, but they also believe climate change is distant, affecting other species, people in other countries and future generations.

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April 22, 2020

Places to Bike, Walk, Roll During Pandemic

Tompkins Weekly 4-22-20

By Victoria Armstrong and Hector Chang

Signs of sustainability are like signs of spring. They recur. They give us hope. They renew our sense of possibility and our resolve to carry on. In these strange and uncertain times, we at Bike Walk Tompkins struggle like everyone else to look past the fear that has taken hold of us and remain true to our shared vision of a sustainable and humane future.

The Cayuga Waterfront Trail is a local multi-use trail that was envisioned for decades, took over 15 years to actually build and now feels like it has always been there. The trail serves as solace for each person who walks, bikes or rolls on it, now more than ever.

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April 9, 2020

Composting During Quarantine

Tompkins Weekly 4-8-20

By Kady Maser

We first want to acknowledge how difficult and challenging things currently are. We all need to take time to adjust to living in our new normal, learning new routines and doing what we can to flatten the curve. We can, however, help the environment and each other by staying home.

If you would like to help reduce landfill waste/greenhouse gases, save money on trash tags and find new ways to help your garden, all while still staying at home, there’s an easy solution for you. We at CCE-Tompkins are here to provide a sustainable and economically friendly option to explore as the weather warms – home composting.

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