Neighborhood Mini Grants funds observation board celebrating Six Mile Creek

Flowing through forested gorges and farmland, winding through the City of Ithaca to Cayuga Lake, Six Mile Creek is the city’s water supply and a part of home for people in diverse communities. Titus Triangle Park in Ithaca’s Southside now hosts an observation board celebrating the creek and those who live along it, created as a collaborative project led by Southside resident Adrianna Hirtler and supported by a Neighborhood Mini-Grant from Sustainable Tompkins.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network hiring Executive Director!

Are you passionate about water resources and climate change? Looking for a career advocating for clean water and protecting our watershed? Do you have experience in sustainability, water policy or environmental science? The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network (CLWN) has begun the search for its new Executive Director to lead, administer and build upon its mission during this time of climate crisis. The CLWN is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with offices at Wells College in Aurora, NY.

Your help is needed to rebuild our food system!

Recently, 100 different farm, food, and environmental groups from around the country signed onto a reconciliation letter for food and agriculture. We want a reconciliation package to rebuild the food system in a just way that empowers communities of color, and benefits public health for everyone! Please help us share this letter and message so we can push for the boldest, most equitable and most effective investment in American agriculture + climate mitigation in history.

Community Food System Gathering: September 29, in Ithaca

FREE! Tompkins County Residents, municipal officials, and food system stakeholders are invited for a discussion of the local food system and a light meal. The Tompkins Food Future team will share the results of a baseline assessment of the Tompkins County Food System with you and would like to hear your insights, innovations, and hopes for the future. Your thoughts and contributions will be incorporated into a shared Food System Plan over the coming year. Dishes and refreshments will be provided by various guest chefs if it feels safe to do so.

Fight for Energy Democracy in Rochester!

Our community deserves a utility that takes care of our energy needs. This Saturday, August 28th, Metro Justice’s Rochester for Energy Democracy Committee will canvass Rochester residents about establishing a pubilc utility to replace Rochester Gas & Electric. The canvass will take place from 1:00pm – 5:30pm, beginning at the Metro Justice office. Talking to your neighbors is a great first step towards getting them involved so that we have the people power to win. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided! There will be a brief training before participants split into pairs and depart for their turf. We will reconvene at the Metro Justice office by 5:00pm to hand in petitions and debrief. A script and FAQ will be posted in advance; please stay tuned.  

City Roots Community Land Trust

City Roots is a collaborative of homeowners, renters, youth, allies and partners that helps to establish and promote permanently affordable, equitable housing in Rochester. They want to help cultivate the perspective that socially-owned land can help affirm housing as a human right, build community wealth, and allow for investment in our communities without displacing those who live there. In addition to the work that they do, they recently kicked off Weekly Pull-Ups! At these meetings, attendees are invited to eat pizza, do yoga, participate in small group projects that benefit the community, and connect with other members. They also host volunteer clean ups, potlucks, and bike repair events!

Exciting new activist opportunity for young people!

City and county governments that are not adequately addressing the climate crisis need to be called to account for failing to protect the basic human rights of their citizens, and who better to do this than the young people whose rights are being, and will be, most dramatically impacted? Enter Youth Climate Courts, a program where you can get together with other young activists (ages 14-26) and participate in real, local human rights trials about climate change. These youth courts contain youth judges, youth prosecuting attorneys and youth jury members. Youth leaders organize these trials and summon members of local government to attend and explain themselves against charges that that government is failing to adequately protect the basic human and constitutional rights of its citizens, especially of the children, in face of the threats of climate change.

Summer Survey on Home Energy and Comfort Issues

Over the past 10 years, we’ve helped dozens of families in Ithaca and surrounding counties to become climate heroes by providing gap financing for insulation, air sealing, and high efficiency equipment. But in a city where nearly 75% of the population rents their living space, it requires a bit more effort and outreach to replace outdated, dangerous, and inefficient HVAC equipment in rental properties. This summer, our team at Sustainable Tompkins is conducting a door-to-door survey focused on lower-income neighborhoods to capture the reality of residents’ energy cost burdens and related health, indoor air quality, and home comfort issues.

Artists Invited to Create Wearable Reused Denim Art

SewGreen in Ithaca, NY invites artists and artisans to transform old denim jeans, jackets, or skirts into wearable art and enter them in an art and fashion show. Artists are encouraged to use a variety of media from paint to stitchery. The show will open at SewGreen in November 2021 as part of downtown Ithaca’s gallery night, and will stay up through the end of the year. Entries can be modelled at the opening or displayed as wall art.

Tompkins County Sustainability Department hiring Senior Planner

The Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability Department is currently seeking a Senior Planner to join our team of eight professional planners who work collaboratively across disciplines on planning as well as policy and program development and implementation. This Senior Planner position will primarily focus on sustainability, energy, and climate change, including overseeing the County’s innovative Business Energy Advisor (BEA) program.

More $$$ available for clean energy in low & moderate income homes in Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego & Madison counties

HeatSmart CNY is now offering even more funding for cold climate air source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters to low & moderate income customers! Income limits for eligibility will decrease with the Assisted Home Performance income limits to 80% at the end of the month. One more reason more money is needed for these households. If you’ve been considering switching to a heat pump, be sure to get your applications in for assistance before the end of the month to take advantage of highest incentives!

Tell the Senate: No cutting corners on the Green New Deal!

Tuesday, August 3rd, more than 110 green, community, labor and faith groups recently released a letter urging President Biden and Congressional Democrat leaders to fund a 10-year, $42 trillion ecosocialist Green New Deal far larger than the $3.5 trillion stimulus package target pushed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer says he intends to bring his $3.5 trillion economic stimulus package up for an initial vote before the August recess. It will need only 50 votes in the Senate. We need to urge the Democrats to support a much more robust climate investment – this may be our last best chance for game-changing funding, with the GOP likely regaining control of at least one House in 2022 (Note that the House is already in recess and probably will not vote until September. Also, this stimulus is in addition to the bipartisan infrastructure package they have agreed to).