Award Winners

Vote today in the People’s Choice ‘Signs of Sustainability’ poll

Signs_of_SustainabilityWho inspired you over the past year with their efforts to create a more sustainable Tompkins County?  Do you know a young person bucking the trend of consumerism? A business looking out for the broader interests of the community? Perhaps a senior citizen speaking up against pollution? Or an organization making progress on the interlinked goals of community well being, ecological stewardship, and a resilient local economy?

You can honor their work by nominating them for recognition in our annual community sustainability awards.   The People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability will be selected through an online poll of community members who nominate those they believe made a contribution in the past year toward making ours a more sustainable and just community. Nominees and the top vote getters will be announced at the annual Earth Day Ithaca celebration on Sunday, April 19, 12-5 pm, at The Space.  Read more about the Signs of Sustainability program.

Voting is simple. Categories are for sustainability-enhancing activities by a 1) Organization, 2) Business, 3) Individual(s) or 4) Youth (<21).  We will be looking for nominees in a wide range of sectors: Transportation, Food Systems, Energy & Climate, Buildings & Infrastructure, Democracy & Social Justice, Arts & Culture, Health & Well Being, Waste Reduction, Resilient Economy, Community Development, and Natural Resource Conservation.  You can vote up to 5 times.  Polls will be open through April 8.  VOTE HERE.

2013 Signs of Sustainability

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Signs of Sustainability” Continue To Emerge

Tompkins Weekly– July 30, 2012

by Marian Brown

Sustainable Tompkins continues to keep its eyes peeled for additional “Signs of Sustainability” emerging throughout our region: new sustainable enterprises, new sustainability-related organizations, and new sustainability activities by existing organizations or business. During the second quarter of 2012, we have discovered dozens more new examples of sustainable thinking and practice that enhance regional sustainable development. While space does not permit us to Read the rest of this entry »

Recognizing Signs of Sustainability

Tompkins Weekly 12/19/2011

by Marian Brown

Sustainable Tompkins continually watches for the newest “Signs of Sustainability” in our community. For the past five years, we have turned the spotlight on individuals and organizations doing their part to help advance community sustainability. We highlight these efforts in order to demonstrate what is possible and to help new activists connect with others engaged in similar endeavors.

With all of us working together in different ways to resolve our shared sustainability challenges, we spur faster and deeper forward motion of this most necessary social movement. Read the rest of this entry »

Better Housing for Tompkins County

The Newfield Garden Apartments, which serves elderly and disabled individuals, has undergone an energy efficiency upgrade and remodeling this year. Better Housing for Tompkins County, which owns the apartments, utilized a grant for over $1.6 million from the New York State Division of Housing and other groups to do the renovations. Contractors installed central water heating and energy-efficient lighting. They also replaced all appliances with Energy Star rated models.

NYSEG Energy Efficiency Programs

New York State Electric and Gas announced a competitive funding program for energy efficiency programs. Proposals were accepted from nonresidential customers or third-party associates working with those customers that included measures intended save at least 100,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity by October 2012. Proposals saving the most energy at the least cost would receive funding. The deadline for proposals was November 30th.

LCSD Energy Saving Project

Lansing Central School District is implementing a $5.8 million energy saving project (part of the EXCEL Capital Project and Energy Performance Contract). The project entails a number of energy efficiency measures, including installing a geothermal heating and cooling system. The project also includes motor and boiler replacements, building envelope improvements, lighting upgrades, installation of sunblocking window films, and computer network controls to shut down computers when not in use.

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services was the recipient of a $750,000 grant that will enable them to promote energy efficiency in low to moderate income families through home improvement loans focusing on efficiency upgrades. Fifty rural families will be able to receive loans thanks to the grant, with a special focus on first time homebuyers and homeowners.

IC Energy Star Buildings

Two additional buildings at Ithaca College have been designated as Energy Star buildings. The Peggy R. Williams Center, which is undergoing review by the U.S. Green Building Council for certification at the LEED Platinum level, met the Energy Star certification for being at least 25% more energy efficient than comparable buildings.  A third Quad residence hall building, Hood Hall, was also Energy Star certified, making Ithaca the only college and university in New York State to now have four such Energy Star buildings on its campus.

Performing Arts Center NY-CHPS Project

The Performing Arts Center at the Ithaca City School District has recently been chosen as a candidate to pursue NY-CHPS verification. The NY-CHPS program is designed to support sustainability efforts in K-12 schools with a focus on energy reduction. There are currently an estimated 300 CHPS projects underway nationwide, 12 in NY, and of those twelve, 2 are in the Ithaca City District.