Posts tagged sustainable economy

Shared Vision of Sustainable Future Emerges from Building Bridges Workshop

New Vision Statement for a Socially Just and Ecologically Sound Local Economy in the Tompkins County Region

This vision was first created in images by over 100 local residents at the Building Bridges workshop on November 15-16, 2011.  The pictures showed people of all ages, in the city and in rural areas, celebrating life, experiencing an abundance of local food, engaged in a thriving local marketplace rich in culture and diversity, using renewable energy, and connecting across former divides.

In words, we envision a community that is earth-centered, people-centered, fair, and equitable. We envision a Tompkins County that identifies itself by its human rights and ecojustice values, and exemplifies for other regions and communities throughout the nation how to live by these values. In this vision, all citizens can be heard, recognize their interdependence and are active in shaping the priorities of this community. Our commitment to Tompkins County is not isolationist; rather, it is made with a view toward maximizing the benefits of our actions with respect to other communities, ecosystems, and people across the world. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Your Vision for a Sustainable Regional Economy?

Democratic participation in the economy is a basic element of sustainability.  Access to planning processes, training, markets, and financing must be available to everyone if we are to create an economy that works for all of us.  Please join with Sustainable Tompkins and other advocates of economic justice and ecological stewardship in providing guidance and feedback to the new Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.  The Council is charged with formulating a proposal for our region’s future development and competing for a share of the state and federal funds available for projects.  This is your chance to share your vision for building the elements of sustainability into our region’s future economic development. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Miss the Ithaca Premiere of “The Economics of Happiness”

Sustainable Tompkins is hosting a community conversation on sustainable economy on April 27, 7:00-9:30 pm at Cinemapolis on The Commons.  We’ll be screening the Ithaca premiere of The Economics of Happiness – a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page, and a project of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).   Watch the trailer here.

Relocalization of our economy is essential if we are to buffer ourselves from speculative bubbles and escalating food and energy prices.  How can we transform our personal household economies to build in long-term resiliency and well being? How can we work together to design a local economy that works for everyone and takes advantage of the power of entrepreneurship, sharing, self-provisioning, and local investment? What principles should guide us?

We’ll explore these questions and more with a panel of local community leaders who will outline our progress in creating a more sustainable economy and suggest opportunities to pursue in the next few years. Former Ithacan and LACS graduate, Kristen Elizabeth Steele of the ISEC will be here to introduce the film.  Audience members are encouraged to bring their ideas and to share news on other local initiatives.  Tickets are offered on a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance by contacting

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