Think Spring! Starting February 1st, the Wells College Seed Exchange program will open for the 2021 season. All seed is available for free and will be available while supplies last. But don’t delay – once the exchange opens, the seed stock disperses quickly. Check out our Wells College Seed Exchange and get growing!
e Ithaca Common Council will be voting this coming Wednesday, February 3rd, to stipulate that the new Green Street residential tower, parking garage and conference center in Ithaca be built with a minimum of 30% local labor (defined as being Tompkins County and all contiguous Counties). Please contact Council as soon as possible to support this, which you can easily do with one e-mail to email@example.com (the Mayor will also receive this). This requirement will mean more good jobs for people who live and pay taxes in this area.
According to WaterFront, “For several years, CLEAN, independent scientists, the Town of Ithaca and other neighboring municipalities have raised concerns about a potential catastrophic roof collapse at Cargill Cayuga. Even so, the past five New York State governors have not required the company to provide an environmental impact statement for its sub-lake mining.”
Despite the challenges we currently face in shifting our industries away from pollutive, extractive, and destructive practices, living more sustainably is much easier than you think. Be sure to check out the new Green Tips page for tips on how to practice sustainability as an individual, and as a community. Categories include Energy, Waste, Transportation, Food, Household Products, Water Protection, and Yard & Garden.
Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting sustainable waste management practices, and to leading the fight to oppose the expansion of landfills for out-of-county and out-of-state garbage. And they need your support! Thank you, FLZWC, for fighting to protect life!
Through a series of eight online training sessions, Navigators will learn about programs and incentives that exist to help others make positive changes in their life! Topics include understanding energy bills, home energy efficiency, renewable heating, solar energy, transportation alternatives, and more. Applications are due Friday, March 19th, and online training begins on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.
‘You’ve famously said: “When I hear the words climate change, I hear jobs.” We agree. While the climate crisis presents incredible challenges, it is also the greatest economic opportunity for innovation, job creation, new businesses, and investment in our communities. It goes hand in hand with restoring justice and building an equitable, inclusive, and just future for all.”‘
We Make Our Future! If we remain silent and uninformed while harms and risks proliferate around us, that is our doing as much as theirs. Please make 2021 the Year of Focus on the Future! Call Cuomo to make your views on the stewardship of our landscape known: (518) 474-8390 to call Cuomo!
The Town of Torrey has referred the matter of expanding the Greenidge Power Plant (AKA Bitcoin Mine) to the Yates County Planning Board, which meets TONIGHT, January 28th at 7:00 pm. This referral is basically an admission by the Town Planning Board that it should have consulted the County Board originally, as required by Law prior to issuing the conditioned negative declaration and issuing the site permit. The Town must start the SEQR review process over and conduct a complete environmental review, including requiring DEC participation and a full Environmental Impact Statement.
Please join the Build Back Fossil Free campaign on Tuesday, January 26 at 8pm ET for a digital rally calling on President Biden to take bold executive action to end the era of fossil fuel production, protect communities reeling from the climate and COVID-19 crises, and build back fossil free. The digital rally will feature frontline leaders fighting toxic fossil fuel projects and lay the groundwork for a coordinated organizing push to build on this week’s momentum.
A versatile program in a growing field, the Sustainable Communities program integrates environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity to solve the challenges of communities around the world.
Thanks to the hard work of grassroots activists, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) was passed by NYS legislators. It is the nation’s most progressive piece of climate justice legislation, which pledges to eliminate greenhouse emissions in the next 30 years. Now it’s time to #PassTheCCIA! The Climate & Community Protection Act will #MakePollutersPay and create 150,000 NEW GREEN JOBS IN NYS! Want to plug in? Thankfully, NY Renews has outlined some ways you can take action.
Seneca Meadows Landfill has applied for an expansion permit with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. If approved, this would allow Seneca Meadows to operate for an additional 15 years, continuing to dump 6,000 tons of garbage a day until 2040. We must be not allow this to happen.
Tune in TONIGHT AT 6PM! The Hudson Valley Environmental Justice Coalition hosts Aaron Mair – an EJ advocate, upstate NY native, and first black president of the Sierra Club. See you there!
Greenidge is an inefficient gas-fired powered plant on the west side of Seneca Lake that wants to expand its energy generation NOT for public use, but for their own private Bitcoin operation. They want to withdraw nearly 160 millions of gallons of lake water each day, and return it to a trout stream that feeds back into the lake. Discharge temperatures could be as hot as 108 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hotter than most hot tubs, and would be uncomfortable for humans, let alone trout, who prefer water from 40 to 52 degrees F. Please tell Governor Cuomo to deny the stormwater permit for this facility and to revoke already issued permits.