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Dick Franke helps League of Women Voters “Tread Lightly”

ST Board member Dick Franke will be one of the featured speakers on “Treading Lightly On The Planet” at the Womens Community Building, Monday, February 27 from 7-9 pm. The event is being organized by the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County and cosponsored by Sustainable Tompkins and the Ithaca Journal.

Dick has been a board member of Sustainable Tompkins since 2010, and a resident of EcoVillage at Ithaca since he retired from being a professor of anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Dick will be joined by Dominic Frongillo, a councilman for the Town of Caroline and a representative of Powershift at several years of global climate talks. Lynn Leopold, Deputy Mayor of the Village of Lansing, will also speak about her experiences in helping to create the county waste recycling center and Finger Lakes Reuse Center. The discussion will focus on how we as individuals and as a community can leave a smaller footprint on our planet, including realistic ways of using less fossil fuel and more renewable sources of energy.

The Womens Community Building is at 100 W. Seneca St. in Ithaca. Visit for more details.

SewGreen Founder Wendy Skinner Wins Community Service Award

Wendy Skinner is the recipient of this year’s Debra S. Newman ’02 Community Recognition Award, presented by The Cornell Tradition. The award honors individuals in the local community who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and leadership. Skinner is one of the early co-founders of Sustainable Tompkins and served as our first chair of the ST coordinating committee.

Skinner was recognized for her work as the founder and coordinator of SewGreen, a not-for-profit organization located in downtown Ithaca. SewGreen operates a reuse shop for sewing materials and provides sewing education to the community. Programs include a free teen apprenticeship program, jobs for lower-income youth and older workers, college internships, and sewing classes for all ages.

Among others, previous recipients of the award include Gay Nicholson, president of Sustainable Tompkins (2008); Mary Grainger, an active volunteer with a number of local human services organizations (2009); and Noel Desch, for his volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and other charitable groups (2004). Read the rest of this entry »


Finger Lakes ReUse, in partnership with the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Computer All-Stars program, opened the eCenter that – along with providing bargains on a wide array of used electronics – offers computer refurbishment and repairs, IT service and support, and technology education.