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 12, 2018

The Resilience of Stewart Park

Tompkins Weekly     3-12-18

By Diana Riesman

The fireworks in Stewart Park shall shine extra brightly on July 4, 2021, as that date marks the centennial of Ithaca’s main lakefront park becoming a public park. Stewart Park, a historic and iconic place, is open to one and all for free. No entrance fee or parking fee to enjoy this waterfront gem.

There will be much to celebrate in 2021 and Friends of Stewart Park (FSP), committed stewards of the park’s next 100 years, plan to involve everyone in the community in the festivities.

Since 2011, FSP has been leading park revitalization efforts in Stewart Park – known as Renwick Park until 1921 – as a nonprofit with a mission to improve, enhance and revitalize the park in partnership with the City of Ithaca. This public/private partnership has energized the process of breathing life back into the park through thoughtful renovation, restoration, and landscaping.

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February 20, 2018

Ithaca Families Gift Economy: Gifting, Reusing, and Being a Community

Tompkins Weekly      2-19-18

By Cassandra Kent

Ithaca Families Gift Economy is a Facebook group that has expressed community to the fullest- the characteristic of helping each other when times are rough. IFGE welcomes Ithaca residents & those in the surrounding area. Ithaca Family Gift Economy is more than just a group – it’s a family, that is about supporting each other with lots of love and supplies. It’s a group that helps people who have wants or needs or people who have goods to offer or want an opportunity to give a gift. Regularly gifted items include beds, toys, and clothes!

Not only does it help provide material goods to families, it brings area residents closer, making connections that may not otherwise be made.

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February 13, 2018

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration & Protection Plan

Tompkins Weekly     2-12-18

By Hilary Lambert

It is a challenge to unify the administratively complex Cayuga Lake watershed for restoration, conservation, and protection. This 785-square mile watershed includes:

• Three counties on the lakeshore (Cayuga, Seneca, and Tompkins) – and smaller upland portions of three more (Cortland, Tioga, and Schuyler).
• 45 municipalities (cities, towns, and villages).
• Numerous regional, state and federal agencies.
• Development pressures that pull the south end toward the Southern Tier and New York City; and the north end toward Syracuse, Rochester, and Lake Ontario.

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