Posts tagged clean energy

Lansing Communergy Group Hosts March 25 Solar Hot Water Lecture

A group of Lansing residents organized by Sustainable Tompkins has been meeting since last August to explore various types of locally-owned renewable energy systems.  This spring they are hosting a series of public lectures on clean energy.

Their first event will be Tuesday, March 25, from 7-9 pm at the Lansing Community Center (25 Auburn Road).  Keith Liblick of Renovus Energy will cover the topic of converting domestic hot water systems to solar energy. Read the rest of this entry »

Lansing Communergy Group Gets Underway

Lansing Communergy meetings are on 4th Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Lansing Community Library.

Lansing Communergy meetings are on 4th Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Lansing Community Library.

Renewable energy has a way of generating excitement and joy in people – along with its clean power for our homes and businesses.  Sustainable Tompkins has been expanding our programming for the Finger Lakes Energy Challenge by hosting monthly meetings for residents in the Village and Town of Lansing where we are looking at the possibilities of investing in community-owned sources of clean energy.  It’s been a lot of fun as we get to know each other, and sense our own power to help Lansing reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

We began in August by showing ‘Empowered’ – a film by ST board member Shira Evergreen about the many ways county residents are leading the way on climate protection.  In September, we hosted Solarize Tompkins and learned the details of their 2014 round for group purchasing of solar electric systems and how our Lansing group can participate.  In October, we agreed to form 3 working groups to support the countywide solar electric program, organize our own solar hot water group purchase, and begin researching how we can do a pilot community-owned microhydro project on Salmon Creek.  We believe that forming these smaller community-based teams will let us grow the movement for locally-owned clean energy and provide a setting for inspiring efficiency investments and conservation measures.

ST and Finger Lakes Bioneers cosponsor Empowered screening on December 7

Cinemapolis will be screening the latest version of the new film EMPOWERED on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm followed by a panel discussion. EMPOWERED is an independent, locally-produced feature-length documentary that showcases the many ways in which Tompkins County residents are embracing renewable energy. This event is co-presented by Finger Lakes Bioneers, Ithaca Green Building Alliance (IGBA), Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group and Sustainable Tompkins. Tickets are $10 or $8 for members of Sustainable Tompkins and IGBA.

Director Shira Golding Evergreen (Frac Attack) and Producer Suzanne McMannis have collaborated to illustrate vividly in EMPOWERED that it is our friends and neighbors who are pioneering alternative energy. Right here in Tompkins County, so many have already taken the leap to a sustainable future, and in EMPOWERED they enjoy the opportunity to tell their stories to the public: what inspired them; what first steps they took; how things are working. Read the rest of this entry »

Energy in Common

Energy in Common is a non-profit started in Ithaca by Hugh Whalan, Scott Tudman and others that allows Ithacans to provide microloans to those in developing nations who cannot afford clean energy technology and simple upgrades like replacing kerosene lamps with lightbulbs. One focus of Energy in Common is to help farmers afford technology to keep their produce from rotting. Such microloans save an average of .4 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year.