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.