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 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areas where your house is leaking heat on cold days or cool air on summer days or maybe wasting electricity on outdated lighting or older refrigeration equipment.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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August 12, 2020

Rethink Single-Use Plastics at Festivals

Tompkins Weekly 8-12-20

By Clarissa Plank

This summer, many of us are missing those quirky and unique celebrations of Ithaca — our festivals.

While I’m devastated that our community is missing out on our festivals this year, let’s take this as an opportunity to pause, to rethink and to make sure that when the festivals return, their focus is on celebrating what makes Ithaca so special: a town of caring, community-minded and forward-thinking people who are connected to their landscape.

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