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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 David Rhodes   This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at www.sustainabletompkins.org.   Imagine if you were about to be born, and you … more
By Jan Rhodes Norman I love where I live! Here in Ithaca, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of local, independently owned businesses, family farms, … more
By Gay Nicholson What if carbon offsetting was as much a part of the Ithaca lifestyle as recycling? Imagine how we could seed energy democracy and climate justice by the simple step of accepting responsibility for our share of greenhouse … 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 Susie Backstrom On a crystal clear autumn day, the Ithaca Garden Club joined with Healthy Food For All to throw a “Farm to Fork” fundraiser at Silver Queen Farm in Trumansburg. The event, which took place on Tuesday, September … 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 Anna Cook   This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at www.sustainabletompkins.org.   No room in your transportation budget for a car? … 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
By Tom Shelley Sustainable Tompkins The following is an interview conducted by Tom Shelley with Rev. Olivia Armstrong, the executive director at Rainbow Healing Center of America regarding her involvement with community gardens. … more
By Eric Clay   This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at www.sustainabletompkins.org.   “I have made friends I never would have made and … 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
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 Tom Knipe   Streets Alive! is coming up on Sunday, September 25, on Plain Street in Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood. Streets Alive! is this: A stretch of streets is closed to cars for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon … more
By Jenn Bassman This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at www.sustainabletompkins.org. If you have ever composted, you have likely heard the term … more
By Serena Lindahl White Hawk Resident, Ecovillage   As the mist rises over the pond on our first slightly chilly morning of the impending change of seasons, we prepare for colder days at White Hawk … more
By Ken Zeserson   Sustainable Tompkins has a reputation for putting its money where its mouth is. One way this local nonprofit strengthens the fabric of our community is by awarding mini-grants to fledgling grassroots efforts. The … more
By Richard W. Franke A previous Steps to Sustainability piece (which appeared in the the November 21-27, 2016, issue of Tompkins Weekly) focused on “tipping points.” A tipping point can be thought of as something that happens within … more
By Nick Goldsmith   This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at www.sustainabletompkins.org.   The Sustainability Center Board of Directors … 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
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