Sustainable Tompkins
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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 Ron Cunningham My partner Kerra emailed me in January 2015, forwarding notice of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Composter training. We talked about it. I liked the idea. Learning something new is good. Sharing it with Kerra is … more
By Emma Hewitt On October 18, Tompkins County made history by becoming home to the first official Shared Solar project in New York State. Announced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority with support from the … more
By Karim Beers Ronald Booker’s interest in energy efficiency and renewables is clear from his Ithaca home’s solar panels, passive solar room and wood stove that satisfies nearly all of his home’s heating needs. After taking these … more
By Nick Goldsmith Since the election, it has become clear that major changes are coming to Federal climate policy, with promises from the incoming administration to expand fossil fuel development and pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate … more
By Tom Shelley A little less than a year ago, on January 27, I wrote a Signs of Sustainability article on some directions the local sustainability movement could pursue in the coming year. As anyone involved with efforts in climate, … more
By Joey Gates In 1981, I got my first paying job in 8th grade as the school cafeteria dishwasher’s assistant. The school served lunch on real (melamine) trays and we used metal silverware. It was a fast-paced gig in that the trays, … more
By Devan Rosen As we enter the beautiful winter season, full of moments in which we take time to appreciate the bounty of the fall harvest, the abundance of holiday gatherings and the wonderful community we live in. One community … more
By Richard W. Franke Here is a thought experiment. Place a full glass of red wine on the table. Push the top of the glass slowly over – at some point the glass will fall suddenly on its own, spill and possibly break. Now it is impossible … more
By Terry Carroll The solar industry has had plenty to celebrate over the past few years: Declining prices and improving technology coupled with government incentives and rebates have seen the solar industry undergo tremendous growth. And … more
By Adam Michaelides Sometimes it can be a joy to be out in the crisp, fall air raking freshly fallen leaves. Sometimes it can be a burden. How do you maximize the benefits of collecting leaves while minimizing the costs? Of course, it … more
By Jan Rhodes Norman This past year’s record level of droughts, floods, freezes and fires, has brought home the vulnerability of our national food system and how it impacts us closer to home. We are fortunate to live in a region that … more
By Caroline Levine When I was a kid growing up in Syracuse in the 1970s, I knew a few people who jogged for exercise, but back then running still seemed like a strange way to spend your time. I couldn’t imagine running a full marathon. As … 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 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 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 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 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 Adam Michaelides   The first signs of fall are here. Early apples, nights under 50 degrees, more crickets – yet, the sun is still strong, and we have plenty of 80 degree days. Before we know it, we will be bringing in the … more
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