Sustainable Tompkins
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By Guillermo Metz Many people resolve to do something healthy with the start of each new year. Exercise, eat healthier, do yoga. We all know how long those resolutions actually last, but there’s one resolution that’s not only cheap and … more
By Wendy Skinner At the behest of a friend, I recently hosted a group at my home to talk about “climate change despair.” Many of those present expressed feelings of depression and defeatism. One person broke down and cried as she … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff   Area businesses, organizations and volunteers were recognized for their efforts to beautify their corners of the county. The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program presented their … more
By Elan Shapiro We’re committed to the Common Good We hold ourselves and our officials and institutions accountable to future generations We keep showing up We put People First and Earth First We protect our home places and our threatened … more
By Susanna Plotkin Throughout October, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins is hosting the first annual Reuse Trail Treasure Hunt. The Reuse Trail is made up of 45 stores in the county that sell used goods, and 14 of them are part of the Treasure … more
By Gay Nicholson Every day you are probably getting two or three calls to action to help stop some new outrage. It’s important to help wherever you can, but it’s also important that we follow through on earlier efforts to make … more
By Guillermo Metz It’s back! After taking a couple of years off to focus on other work, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is bringing back the Green Buildings Open House. For one day, Saturday, September 30, you … more
By Gay Nicholson   The morning after November’s election I woke with an urgent awareness that we must find ways to be more effective in protecting our democracy and common future. I knew we’d be facing an era of … more
By Joanne Cipolla-Dennis and Deborah Cipolla-Dennis A sustainable community is in the eye of the beholder. An environment may be sustainable for many organisms, but not sustainable at all for others. For example, apple trees find … more
By Staci Rogers Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties will be breaking ground on its first builds in the City of Ithaca with two owner-occupied units within a single duplex. The two-story homes will … more
By Richard W. Franke Two previous Steps to Sustainability pieces focused on “tipping points” (Tompkins Weekly, Nov. 21-27, 2016) and on the historical background of systems thinking (Tompkins Weekly, Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017). In … more
By Kate Cardona As farmer and educator Damon Brangman reflected last fall on the many food and agriculture conferences he has attended around the country, he realized that Ithaca, with its abundant farmland, fresh food, and … more
By Joey Diana Gates Aiming for pollution prevention, the Ithaca-area based Dish Truck provides durable dishes to event coordinators, small-scale food enterprises and the general public to use in place of disposable dishware. Solid … more
By Ron Liso “There are only two things that money can’t buy – true love and home-grown tomatoes.” This quote from one of the gardeners at the Ithaca Community Gardens sums up well what the Gardens are all about. … more
By Joey Diana Gates Every spring is different and unfolds in its own time and in its own way. It is the time when the cold and the warmth engage in a tug of war for ruling the weather. Much like the political climate we are currently living … more
By Lisbet Rattenborg and Shweta Dhariwal With the help of worms, leaves, microscopic organisms and a little care, anyone can learn to turn food scraps and lawn waste into high quality garden soil. That’s the guiding philosophy behind … more
By Jonathan Comstock Residents across Tompkins County are discovering that they can make their homes more comfortable year round while simultaneously doing their part to reduce the world-wide-waste, pollution, and climate change … more
By Guillermo Metz February, 2017. Temperatures in the 50s, 60s and even 70s. More sun than we’re accustomed to in upstate New York in February. It’s been pretty nice, but for those of us working on energy issues and the underlying … more
By Wendy Skinner Build me a better sewing machine, please. And while you’re at it, a better refrigerator, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, and for pete’s sake, a pencil sharpener that actually works. Consumers are at the mercy of … more
By Tina Nilsen-Hodges A horticulture major and women’s rugby team player on the Dean’s List at Cornell. A female diesel mechanic. An Evergreen College student and future teacher studying child labor laws in Nepal. A photographer who … more
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