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.

October 11, 2019

What is the Greenest Building?

Tompkins Weekly 10-9-19

By Pat Longoria

When asked to envision the greenest building, the image that most likely comes to mind is a sleek new structure with solar panels and energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems and lighting.

Think again. Picture instead a sturdy, old, brick schoolhouse converted into apartments with original, tall windows that let in natural light and high ceilings that encourage air flow or a renovated older farmhouse whose old-growth timbers and wide-plank floors are more durable than wood used in new construction.

Both of these buildings represent significant embodied energy. Embodied energy is all the energy that was originally consumed to produce, transport, and bring together the materials to make a building.

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September 26, 2019

Kitchen Theatre Implements Green Practices

Tompkins Weekly 9-25-05

By M. Bevin O’Gara

Theatre by its nature is the least green of all art forms: shows are built, they open to the public, and they close only a few short weeks later. Without a lot of time, staff and bandwidth, much of the material that make theatrical design magical ends up in dumpsters.

The Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) has long been committed to producing high-quality productions while trying to maintain as green a footprint as possible, including the building of our LEED-certified green facility in Ithaca’s West End. And last season, we took a major step in making our methods more efficient and sustainable in terms of production elements by adopting and enacting a new Green Initiative.

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September 11, 2019

Caroline Project Distributes LEDs

Tompkins Weekly 9-11-19

By Emily Adams

On Saturday, Oct. 5, volunteers with the Brighten Up Caroline project will begin distributing more than 10,000 LED light bulbs to Caroline residents. Their goal? To help Caroline residents use roughly one million fewer kilowatts of electricity and save roughly $125,000 per year, starting immediately!

How is this possible? Every 9W LED light bulb that replaces an old-fashioned 60W incandescent bulb will save 765 to 1,224 kilowatts of energy over the 13-to-22-year lifetime of that new bulb. At today’s electricity rates, that is more than $100 in savings per bulb. If a resident replaces 12 incandescent bulbs that are lit for three or more hours each day, that household will save more than $80 per year. And if volunteers can reach all 1,550 households in Caroline, that adds up to big savings, for residents and the planet as well.

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