Shelterbelt Farm

Shelterbelt Farm, in Caroline (9 miles SE of Ithaca) is home to the Frenay/Modisher family and — cattle, sheep, chickens, geese, dogs, bees, fruit trees, and vegetables. Why are they a Sign of Sustainability? They farm with the goal of regenerating the health of the community and the land! They focus on building soil and plant diversity, by incorporating elements of silvopasture and agroforestry. Farm owner, Craig, applies his net-zero building design and construction skills at STREAM Collaborative architecture. Farm owner, Erica, supports beginning farmers via the Cornell Small Farms Program.

Gov. Hochul announces agreement to protect pristine Cayuga Lake waterfront property

Governor Kathy Hochul announced a land purchase agreement has been reached between the Finger Lakes Land Trust and New York State Electric & Gas Corp. for the 470-Acre Bell Station, the largest privately-owned undeveloped lake shoreline in the Finger Lakes. Governor Hochul in September announced that NYSEG had canceled the auction of land known as Bell Station with 3,400 feet of pristine shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County, and that three state agencies would facilitate permanent protection of this parcel and maximize public access.

Fossil Free Buildings Virtual Town Hall – Wed. Dec 1st

New York leads the nation in premature deaths resulting from the air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels in buildings for heating, hot water, and cooking, which also contributes to one third of New York’s emissions. The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is organizing to win a package of funding and bills that will get fossil fuels out of our buildings and make renewable alternatives more affordable and equitable. Join our upcoming Town Hall this Wednesday, December 1st, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm to learn how you can get involved in the movement for renewable heat and how we will build our power to win! Speakers will include Sen. Kavanagh and AM Gallagher, who sponsored the All-Electric Building Act, which would ban fossil fuels in new buildings across New York!

Tompkins County Soliciting Applications for the Renewed and Expanded Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board

On November 4, 2021, the Tompkins County Legislature renewed the Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board for another three-year term and expanded its membership to 11 seats. The Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board is charged with providing expert input to the Legislature on regulatory initiatives and successful community programs relating to energy and climate change, as well as emerging energy efficiency, renewables, and climate adaptation technologies. The advisory board will continue to assist the County in engaging with state policymakers and regulators, utility staff, municipal leaders, developers, businesses, and community groups to set Tompkins County government and the wider Tompkins County community on a successful course to meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and the Tompkins County Energy Strategy as quickly as is fiscally and economically feasible.

Help us tell the DEC – No More Dirty Crypto!

The period to submit comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on the climate busting air emissions at the proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining plant, Greenidge Generation, closes on November 19th. Please submit a comment to the NYSDEC by the November 19th deadline. Here is a sample letter you can submit. You can also make a call to Governor Hochul to express your concerns via this hotline: 866-942-5138. Thank you for your support!

Virtual Town Hall: How You Can Join the Fight for a Fossil Free NY!

The Renewable Heat Now Campaign is organizing to win funding and policies that will get fossil fuels out of our buildings affordably and equitably. Join them this Thursday, November 18th, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm to hear about their legislative package that Governor Hochul and the New York Legislature must pass in 2022. Learn how you can get involved in the movement for renewable heat, and how we will organize and build our power to win! RSVP here for the Zoom link!

Ithaca’s makes history! Let’s discuss…

Join us this Wednesday, November 10th to discuss the City of Ithaca’s electrification program! The fifth installment of the 1000 Conversations: Power Lunches series is this week. The City of Ithaca made history this past Wednesday as the first city to commit to decarbonizing 100% of its building stock – including commercial and residential buildings. From 12:00pm to 12:45pm on Wednesday, November 10th, Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Director of Sustainability, will be joined by Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower, to talk about the City’s plans to roll out this monumental, first-of-its-kind program.

Grants available for NYS farmers!

The New York Farm Viability Institute works to help New York farmers become more profitable and improve the long-term economic viability and sustainability of New York State’s farms, the food system, and the communities they serve. To that end, NYFVI has issued an RFP for its competitive grant program, which will provide grants of up to $125,000 over two years in support of proposals that have clear relevance to the state’s agriculture community, demonstrated producer support, and have the ability to deliver farm-level economic impact over time.

Let’s rally for clean air & water!

With less than a month before voting starts, Environmental Advocates NY will be bringing together local elected officials and environmental advocates to rally in support of the state constitutional amendment that will be on your ballot (as Proposal #2) this fall that will give all New Yorkers a right to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment. Come by to learn more about environmental rights and help spread the word about this important tool to ensure New York’s air, water, and environment are clean and healthy for generations to come!

Are you ready for winter?

Fall is here – the heating season is imminent. Are you ready? If you experienced ice dams last winter, now is an excellent time to get an energy audit and see if your home’s insulation can be improved. If your furnace, boiler, or water heater is coming to the end of its life, now is the time to consider replacing them with heat pumps.Not sure where to start? That’s where HeatSmart comes in! Please peruse our website, which is chock full of information, including fact sheets, webinars, and virtual home tours. Join HeatSmart for their upcoming Webinar Wednesdays Installer series! Their installer partners will walk you through a recent installation job, and there will be plenty of time for your questions. HeatSmart homeowners will be joining too. 

We need your help to fight off the gas-guzzling crypto industry!

DEC will hold a public hearing on the air emissions from the Greenidge Plant on Oct 13th. In preparation for that hearing, on October 4 at 7:00 pm, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Seneca Lake Guardian, Food & Water Watch and Earthjustice are hosting a webinar, the Climate Consequences of Crypto-Currency: Speaking Out Against the Greenridge Fracked Gas Power Plant. This webinar will provide tips and tools for you to testify at the October 13th, 2021 public hearing on this dangerous project.