Posts tagged Sustainable Community Development

Help ST Finish What We Started on Dryden Pipeline

Everyday you are probably getting 2 or 3 calls to action to help stop some new outrage. It’s important to help wherever you can, but it’s also important that our movement follow through on earlier efforts to make positive change and head toward greater stewardship and justice in our communities. We’re asking our supporters to take a minute today and help us complete a critical step in our community’s shared commitment to protect the climate and stop new fossil fuel infrastructure from being built in our county.

Three years ago, in the early summer of 2014, we began to hear about a proposed new gas pipeline to run through West Dryden to provide heating fuel for new development in Lansing. The large capacity of the pipe would mean that Tompkins County would be unable to meet its goal of 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

ST helped organize local opposition to the project and teamed up to present several workshops on viable alternatives to the pipeline to meet Lansing’s energy needs. A countywide task force on energy and economic development eventually came to the same conclusions and recommended to the Public Service Commission (PSC) that NYSEG address reliability concerns for existing Lansing gas customers by adding pressure boosters to the current pipeline. In addition, NYSEG would provide incentives to developers to build new structures in Lansing using smart design and ultra-efficient heat pumps to meet commercial and residential heating loads. (Many industrial processes can be powered with electricity rather than gas as well.) Read the rest of this entry »


An occasional feature of the Sustainable Tompkins Community Blog
By Richard W. Franke, Board Member, Sustainable Tompkins

Lester Brown’s recent (2011) book, World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, contains a number of unexpected “facts” (observations?). I selected a few of them: how many surprised you? Don’t believe him? You can download the entire book free here. Click here for his online documentation of everything he claims below.

  • The actual cost of gasoline in the United States is $15 per gallon
  • In 2009 the number of cars in the US declined for the first time in a century (except for WWII period when cars were not produced)
  • China now has 459 “cancer villages”
  • Between 1994 and 1999 China’s Gobi Desert grew by an area equal to half the state of Pennsylvania
  • If the Greenland ice sheet melts entirely, sea level could rise 23 feet; if the West Antarctic Ice sheet breaks up, seal level would rise another 16 feet
  • Of the one million Hurricane Katrina refugees from New Orleans, 300,000 did not return to their homes
  • The summer 2010 heat wave in Russia was the most intense in 130 years of record keeping; the wheat harvest shrank from 100 million tons to 60 million tons
  • 90% of the original forests of the Indus River Basin are gone
  • Pakistan has 185 million people living on an area equal to 8% of the US land area
  • From 1950 to the present, per person income worldwide increased 4 times while the world economy grew 10 times Read the rest of this entry »

ROUSE (Residents Opposed to Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction)

ROUSE (Residents Opposed to Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction) provides resources to those in the FInger Lakes who do not want to be exposed to the effects of natural gas drilling, and offers a forum for landowners to voice their opinions.


IthacaPlantCycle is a grassroots “free-cycling” organization where plant lovers can donate and find plants, information, and a community of other food and plant lovers with whom they can communicate.

Crop Mob

“Crop Mobs” of local volunteers descend on area farms and work on specific projects for which small farmers need extra labor to complete. Here in Ithaca, the local crop mobbers have helped with planting fruit trees and collecting unharvested food for local organizations. In return for their help, crop mobbers gain experience, knowledge, and, best of all, a delicious and locally grown lunch from the farmer. “Crop mob” events usually take place once a month at different farms in the region.

Ithaca Community Radio

Ithaca Community Radio is a new broadcast radio station which will feature local news, people, and shows from the community. While additional local programming is being developed, WSKG-FM is streaming some content to the new station.


Fleased provides a voice to landholders who leased mineral rights but now realize that  Marcellus shale gas exploitation threatens their land, air, water and communities. Fleased members are gathering data on unfair and fraudulent gas company practices which can be used to support legislation and legal action.

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.

Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC)

Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC) formed to address concerns about natural gas drilling in the Town of Dryden concerning possible gas drilling in the town. The group submitted two petitions to the Town Board: the first petition sought to place limits on the noise level of the drilling and the second affirmed the town’s home rule.