A setback for activists in the crypto fight…

Assemblymember Anna Kelles, who is the sponsor of A7389, the bill that would put a moratorium on Proof-of-Work cryptocurrency mining, recently gave an update on the bill’s progress. The bill was vetoed in the last few days of the legislative session, which ended on June 10th. This was attributed to union opposition, mainly, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who are an electrical union that represents 40 contract workers employed by the Greenidge mine in Dresden.

Nu Spice Catering

Nu Spice is an Ithaca-based, black-owned, woman-owned catering company, specializing in soul, southern and comfort food. NuSpice Catering was born in 2007, when Candace Foster followed her passion to share timeless family recipes with the community. Since then, Nu Spice Catering has fed hundreds of people at dozens of events — including Ithaca’s Taste of Soul event in 2019.

Refrigerant Webinar

Refrigerants are thousands of times more potent compared with carbon dioxide and are among the fastest-growing climate pollutants in the world. Today at 3:00pm, join The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for a webinar on refrigerant management. Tilden Chao, recipient of Sustainable Tompkins’ Youth Climate Challenge Grant back in 2018 will be on a panel of experts including a researcher at Project Drawdown. Tilden now directs the Yale Refrigerants Initiative and is an EPA Section 608-certified refrigerant handler, with Universal certification. We are so proud of Tilden! Watch the webinar here.

June Events

How will you support the sustainability movement this month? Will you thrift to fund grassroots initiatives? Take an educational hike to learn about invasive species? Rally with us to fight bitcoin mining? Explore the full calendar of events here.

Bitcoin Protest Saturday, June 5th in Avon, NY. Bus rides available!

“In our efforts to nip an extractive, exploitative industry in New York in the bud, we are hosting a critical demonstration at the DEC Region 8 Headquarters this coming Saturday, June 5th. We have media interest from Germany, Italy, France, Japan, China, and national news (CBS, NBC, ABC, Now This News). This is our opportunity to put pressure on Governor Cuomo to put his money where his mouth is, If he wants to be a leader on Climate, he must act on the extractive industry of Proof of Work cryptocurrency, which could cripple New York’s climate goals. Please share these memes, tweet them, do whatever you can to encourage people to SHOW UP on Saturday, June 5th.

FoodLink Community Cafe

The Foodlink Community Cafe is an extension of Foodlink, a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and building healthier communities by addressing both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. The brand-new cafe is a “pay-what-you-can” nonprofit restaurant concept and offering healthy, delicious meals.

Submit a 3-5 minute film for chance to win a scholarship or gift certificate!

On Friday, June 11, 2021, at 7:00pm, Ithaca Asian American Association is holding the Perspectives 360 Film Festival. Keeping with the “Virus has no Nationality” campaign (created in response to recent hate-crimes against Asian-Americans), IAAA encourages you to “be bold and brave in challenging issues of racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, heterosexism, classism, and all -isms.”

“Getting the Gas Sector’s Energy Transition Underway” Thursday, May 27th @ 12pm

Thanks to states’ decarbonization commitments and the availability of technological alternatives to gas-reliant appliances, the coming decades are likely to see radical reductions in natural gas use in residential and commercial buildings and the adoption of clean alternatives. This Thursday, May 27th @12:00pm, the Institute for Policy Integrity, Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and NYU School of Law’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center will bring together officials from some of the states leading the way in this transition and ask them to share their distinct perspectives and insights about the path forward.

Urgent! We need all hands on deck to fight Bitcoin development in the FLX

Will you help us keep the crypto industry at bay? Here’s what to do:
Contact your Senators and Assemblypeople. Here is a list of important people to contact. Please use it to pick a few and call or tweet them! Here is a sample call/email script and sample tweets to make things quick and easy. We want to reach as many reps as possible! Sign on here if you are an individual or sign on here if you are an organization to support Assembly Bill 7389 / Senate Bill 6486, which will establish a moratorium on any new or expanding cryptocurrency mining centers (unless a full EIS is done and it’s found that the center will not adversely affect the state greenhouse gas emission targets outlined in the CLCPA). Call Governor Cuomo at (518)-474-8390. Tell him that unregulated “behind the meter” Bitcoin operations completely evade his Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and that he must direct his DEC to deny Greenidge’s Title V air permit renewal.