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.

September 25, 2020

Fall Composting for Sustainability

Tompkins Weekly 9-23-20

By Adam Michaelides

It won’t be long until it’s time to clean up the garden and prepare for the next growing season. In just a few weeks, our yards, sidewalks and streets will be littered with leaves. Before the snow flies, we have the opportunity to set ourselves up for the colder months ahead. This includes the home compost.

Though the garden has slowed down, your compost will stay active until winter sets in. One trick for keeping our decomposer friends in the compost happy is to feed them more. A larger, more substantial pile of fresh material will generate heat. Also, cutting things up into smaller pieces will provide more surface area for the decomposers, which will in turn keep the compost active.

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September 9, 2020

Energy Audits: The First Step to Savings

Tompkins Weekly 9-9-20

By Phil Cherry

An energy audit is not like an IRS audit. It’s nothing to be afraid of, and in fact, it may actually save you money.

An energy audit is also often called an “energy assessment” because it assesses the energy efficiency of your home and identifies areas where your house is leaking heat on cold days or cool air on summer days or maybe wasting electricity on outdated lighting or older refrigeration equipment.

Audits are done by professional contractors trained by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to conduct such studies. There are other certifications and rating systems for homes and raters, but the BPI certificate is likely the most common.

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August 27, 2020

COVID-19 and the Green New Deal

Tompkins Weekly 8-26-20

By Osamu Tsuda

2020 has so far been a very surreal time for many of us. Sometimes, it can be hard to remember that less than a year ago, we were still living in a time where the economy was supposedly at its peak and social distancing was not even a thing.

Yet even then, we all knew and could hear the distant rumbling of the apocalypse tsunami heading our way; we just did not know how and when it would hit us.

It was a time when things were going OK on the surface, yet we all knew of the constant injustice, corruption, racism and greed occurring just underneath that surface. The wound was festering underneath the bandage, slowly spreading, eventually leading to the bandage falling off, no longer able to hold things together.

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