Through the end of the year, NYSERDA is offering increased incentives for income-eligible households to insulate homes, seal air leaks, and replace inefficient equipment. There are also generous rebates and grants for installing high-efficiency heat pumps that provide heating and cooling, and which can replace furnaces and boilers that burn fossil fuels, as well as affordable options for going solar.
The Ithaca Carbon Neutrality team (part of Cornell University’s Sustainable Design program), is attempting to make recommendations to the City of Ithaca that will help us reach carbon neutrality by 2030. For a project on thermal decay, they are using temperature sensors to collect data from volunteers’ homes and provide an analysis of how well-insulated these homes are, compared to other homes of the same size. Ideally, this analysis will help tailor retrofit recommendations to the city and the homeowners themselves. Fill out this form to have your home be part of the project!
Indigenous students at Cornell have launched a campaign to respond to Cornell’s founding and history, which, “profits from acts of colonial violence and Indigenous erasure”, their petition states. Their demands include increased funding for Indigenous faculty and the Indigenous Studies program, a land acknowledgement before campus events, a mandatory introductory course on Indigenous Studies for all students, and more – Read and Sign the petition here to support them!
A comprehensive plastic reduction policy plan has been developed for the next President, which includes a range of specific actions the President can take to reduce plastic pollution. Over 400 environmental and community organizations have already signed on. The deadline is Nov. 13 for 501c3 organizations to sign on.
Filmmaker, Sanjay Rawal, tells the stories of Native Americans and their food systems. Given all the problems of our current American food system, Rawal explains how we can use Indigenous knowledge and values to grow an abundance of healthy food that helps meet our needs in a way that is respecting of the Earth, and…
President Trump has publicly stated that he may not accept or respect a loss in this presidential election. We have reason to prepare for the worst case scenario. Help protect democracy by pledging to non-violently protest if President Trump attempts a coup. Read the pledge from Choose Democracy to learn more and sign the Ithaca-area pledge with as little as your name via Google form. Visit isthisacoup.com for a play-by-play of recent actions by Trump and the US government surrounding threats to American democracy.
Cornell Professor, Max Zhang, recieved a $200,000 grant, “aimed at determining efficient solar farm array configurations to avoid land-use conflicts or spoiling precious agricultural space”. More specifically, he plans to focus on 10 different land sites in New York State, to measure the viability of agrovoltaics – using land for both agriculture and solar arrays. Zhang’s research will provide scientific insight to policymakers as they make blueprints for the energy transition of the century. Read more about this story in the Cornell Chronicle.
The expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature voted on Tuesday, October 27 to create a Chief Sustainability Officer position. The Legislators unanimously approved an amendment to the 2021 budget adding the position.
Auburn City Council and Owasco Town Board both approved new rules and regulations to protect the Owasco Lake Watershed at a special joint meeting this past Thursday. The meeting was to continue the work started in 2017 to update enforceable regulations – the first time since 1984. Public opinion seems to be split between environmentalists, and farmers wary of profit loss due to accommodations that are now required. Read the full article to learn more.
The Martins and Oechsners have led the way on organic grain growing in the Northeast – and are proving what systems thinking can do to survive climate disruption. Our Farmers in Flux: Adapting to Climate Change is a new documentary on how local farmers like them are adapting to climate change, made by a dear friend of Sustainable Tompkins, Shira Evergreen, and produced by the Tracy Mitrano campaign. The 23-minute documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the priceless work they do, and features tons of stunning birds-eye view drone footage of the Finger Lakes. Bravo, Shira!
Iron Flamingo Brewery in Corning, NY supports local businesses by allowing food to be ordered in from other restaurants 😱, and sourcing their hops and malt from local farmers. They earn extra points from us by proudly using solar power for the brewing process! 👍 Visit their Events page to see what food trucks will be there this week, and head over to enjoy 16 brews on tap and a rockin’ beergarden! You can also head over to their website to browse their beer menu and learn more about them.
This nonprofit provides more than 475,000 trips per year to over 6,100 children, adults, and seniors with specialized needs in Monroe County. Their transportation solutions are safe, accessible and affordable, and include medical car services, shopping shuttles, senior center and elder care services and individualized contract services. And they’ve been doing this for over 90 years! 👏👏👏 Visit their website or Facebook page to learn more about this valuable organization.
Founded in 1997, this organization is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of our native flora. They hold free public field trips throughout the year, including their 🌟 ANNUAL SEED COLLECTING WALK THIS SATURDAY AT 1:00PM in Ithaca! 🌟 Join them in this socially-distanced event! 🚶 🚶♂️ 🚶♀️ Members of the society receive their newsletter, and participate in a seed exchange, a spring native plant sale, and a December celebration of native plants. Join their Facebook group to keep up with them or visit their website to learn more.
This “spirited cookery” & cocktail bar in Geneva features seasonal & local foods. Cherish the fall weather and sit on their beautiful back patio for dinner on Mondays and get an additional pre fixe menu (ooh-la-la), or on Sunday for brunch; Or any other day! They’re open 7 days a week for dine-in and take-out. Visit their Facebook page or their website to check out their menu and learn more about them.
NEST is a community-based network of programs working for social, environmental, and economic justice and equity out of Binghampton, NY! For those interested in installing clean heating or cooling, they’ve got a new virtual webinar series for you. Visit their website or like their Facebook page to keep up with all the informative events they have to offer.