Posts tagged sustainable living

Green Tips Resource on Sustainable Finger Lakes

Despite the challenges we currently face in shifting our industries away from pollutive, extractive, and destructive practices, living more sustainably is much easier than you think. Be sure to check out the new Green Tips page on our Sustainable Finger Lakes website for tips on how to practice sustainability as an individual, and as a community. Categories include Energy, Waste, Transportation, Food, Household Products, Water Protection, and Yard & Garden.

We all have a role to play in the green movement. Share some of your own Green Tips and ways you practice sustainability on our Facebook and Instagram pages. And if you have some regional connections that will make any of these Green Tips easier to do, please let us know and we’ll help folks connect the dots in our regional movement. We want to build this resource out together! Send your ideas to or find us on social media.

Local Climate Partners Rally for “Chasing Ice”

Even as we might be tempted to relax and enjoy this mild December weather, New Yorkers understand we have to invigorate a collective response to the multiple threats that climate change poses to our security and our economy.

Under the leadership of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Sustainable Tompkins is working with a coalition of Cortland and Tompkins County nonprofits, colleges, businesses, and local governments to support ongoing planning and action to make our region more climate friendly and climate resilient.  The Lifton climate coalition has been meeting to plan a major regional conference focused on how our local governments, institutions, and businesses can both lower fossil carbon emissions and prepare for multiple impacts of a turbulent climate regime.  The ‘Climate Smart & Climate Ready’ conference will take place April 19-21, 2013.

We invite you to join us in this regional conversation at the Ithaca premiere of ‘Chasing Ice’ at Cinemapolis on Friday, December 21 at 6:45 pm.  This award-winning documentary by James Balog was created from years of time-lapse filming under the extreme conditions of the planet’s polar regions.

Originally a climate skeptic, Balog encountered the undeniable evidence of global warming on his first visit to Iceland in 2005.  What he saw made him realize the scope of the greatest risk that humanity has ever taken, and he decided to launch the Extreme Ice Survey and capture multiple years of arctic climate change on film.  Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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 »

My Sustainability Makeover

Tompkins Weekly – October 18, 2010
by Gay Nicholson

houseI’ve been working on my “sustainability makeover” for several years now. Read the rest of this entry »