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Fall Creek Resident Wins Grant from Finger Lakes Climate Fund

Deb Thompson insulated basement

Deb Thompson shows off her fully insulated basement and on-demand water heater.

It was a sunny fresh June day in the Fall Creek neighborhood of Ithaca – the kind of day when memories of winter storms or summer heat waves fade away – but the crew from local energy contractor, Snug Planet, were utterly focused on preparing Deborah Thompson’s historic home on Marshall Street for exactly that kind of weather.

Thompson is the latest recipient of a grant from our Finger Lakes Climate Fund.  The program offers travelers and building owners a way to take responsibility for their fossil carbon emissions by making donations to the Fund.  They can use the Fund’s carbon calculator to determine the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from their air and car travel or building electricity and heating, and then make a donation that will pay to offset an equal amount of carbon by improving energy efficiency in the homes of modest-income residents.

In the case of the Thompson home, Snug Planet estimated that the improvements they made would eliminate about 54 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and resulted in a grant from the Finger Lakes Climate Fund for $1,076 towards the cost.  Over the course of several days, their team did extensive work in insulating and sealing leaks in the attic, and addressed moisture problems, air leaks, and lack of insulation in the basement.

Sustainable Tompkins has announced the availability of a fifth round of grant awards due at the end of June.  So far the program has helped a very diverse mix of household types in Dryden, Enfield, Lansing, and the City of Ithaca.  Details of the projects can be found at

Are you Climate Smart & Climate Ready?

Sustainable Tompkins has been working hard over the past five months to coordinate a major regional conference on making our communities more climate friendly and climate resilient.  Under the leadership of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, a coalition of Cortland and Tompkins County nonprofits, colleges, businesses, youth groups, and local governments has formed to support ongoing planning and action on climate mitigation and adaptation.  The Climate Smart & Climate Ready conference will take place April 18-21 at multiple venues in Cortland and Ithaca.  The  conference will focus on how our local governments, institutions, residents and businesses can both lower fossil carbon emissions and prepare for multiple impacts of a turbulent climate regime. Read the rest of this entry »

Renewable Energy Focus of February 25 Event

Join Sustainable Tompkins and the League of Women Voters for an evening discussing the power and potential of renewable energy in solving our energy and climate crisis.   Read the rest of this entry »

Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair – December 4

Tompkins Weekly – November 23, 2010
By Christian Nielsen
Once more, it’s time for the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair. Read the rest of this entry »

Bioneers Part II

bioners_sidebarTompkins Weekly – October 4, 2010

By Hilary Lambert, Nick Vaczek and Danielle Klock

Last week’s Signs of Sustainability column focused on the 2010 Finger Lakes Bioneers We Make Our Future Conference first-day events. This week’s column follows up with a summary of activities for Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. Read the rest of this entry »

Bioneers Part I

bioners_sidebarTompkins Weekly – September 27, 2010

By Hilary Lambert, Nick Vaczek and Danielle Klock

There is nothing like the curative of seeking knowledge and taking actions ourselves. Rugged independence is an American tradition, after all. Read the rest of this entry »

For Barter or Worse: Share Tompkins Facilitates Mutual-Aid in Our Region

Tompkins Weekly – August 30, 2010
By Shira Golding

Bring what you can, take what you need. It’s a simple but powerful concept that inspired the formation of Share Tompkins in May 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Finger Lakes Bioneers return October 22-24

Tompkins Weekly – August 23, 2010
By Gay Nicholson

The Finger Lakes Bioneers return October 22-24 with the second annual We Make Our Future conference. Each day of the conference offers a chance to get deeply engaged with fellow citizens to co-create new responses to the challenges we face. Read the rest of this entry »

Finger Lakes Climate Fund Launched!

FLCF_footFinger Lakes Climate Fund makes its debut!! Listen in to WHCU radio interview with Gay Nicholson on this new local carbon offset program.


Sustainable Tompkins awards $1,810 in grants

share_tompkinsSustainable Tompkins recently awarded quarterly mini-grants totaling $1,810 to four community projects that encourage local self-reliance, strengthen neighborhood connections and promote long-term community well-being. The donor-supported program has distributed $10,270 to 25 projects since 2008.

Read the full article in the Ithaca Journal…