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.

June 15, 2017

Uniting for a Just and Sustainable Food System

Tompkins Weekly         6-12-17

By Kate Cardona

As farmer and educator Damon Brangman reflected last fall on the many food and agriculture conferences he has attended around the country, he realized that Ithaca, with its abundant farmland, fresh food, and community members interested in the connection between food and social justice would be an ideal place to host a conference.

Through conversations between Brangman, staff members of Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and Cornell Professor Rachel Bezner-Kerr, a collaborative vision for the Farm to Plate Conference was born.

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June 5, 2017

Dish Truck – You Can Be a Part of the Solution

Tompkins Weekly         5-29-17

By Joey Diana Gates

Aiming for pollution prevention, the Ithaca-area based Dish Truck provides durable dishes to event coordinators, small-scale food enterprises and the general public to use in place of disposable dishware.

Solid waste displacement through the use of durable dishware at events provides an immense opportunity to reduce source point pollution, and to address local and statewide environmental, economic and environmental justice concerns. By simply replacing disposables with re-usable dishes, we are bringing the responsibility for our by-products back into the community.

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May 30, 2017

2017 Signs of Sustainability Awardees Steward Our Living Planet

Sustainability and resilience aren’t bestowed upon a society. They are crafted and woven from the hard work, vision, and collaborative leadership of its members. Since 2006, Sustainable Tompkins has been celebrating the individuals and groups in our county that are improving our present and safeguarding our future, enriching our lives and making us better human beings. Awardees in our third annual People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability poll were celebrated on April 29 as part of our Climate March and Earth Day Ithaca events. 

We were so excited to see Hotel Groton, owned by Jeffrey Toolan, take first place in the Business category of the 2017 Signs of Sustainability Awards. The former Groton Hotel is now known as Hotel Groton since Jeff turned this historic landmark main street building into a sustainably-renovated-to-it’s-period-beauty, 100% electric-powered, all LED, carbon neutral building serving local and organic food in the café. Thereby restoring a decaying building into a renewed destination and helping to rebuild the local economy in Groton with an attractive, modern and sustainable business.  The project qualifies as a “truly heroic effort” and we anticipate many Ithacans will take a road trip to dine at the new Hotel Groton. Second place winners were Quinn Energy and Renovus Solar for their innovative work in clean energy. Third place winners made a 4-way tie for their sustainable business practices with Edible Acres, The Watershed, Good to Go Market, and Brookton’s Market. Read more…

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