The gas-powered leaf blower is responsible for a significant amount of fossil fuel use, as well as noise and air pollution. Our cars and trucks require strict emissions testing and regulation. The 2-stroke engines in gas leaf blowers (GLBs) lacks emission control components, releasing 300 times the levels of hydrocarbons as vehicles on the road. According to the California Air Resources Board, running one for 1 hour is equivalent to the pollutants released by driving a car 1100 miles.
Dive into how heat pumps are an attractive alternative for your heating AND cooling needs and say goodbye to your old clunky heating system – with Sustainable Tompkins Board Member, Erica Herman!
Free Webinar on Reuse & Repair: Creating New Jobs and Enterprises through Zero Waste – Wed., April 7 at 2 pm
Around the country, businesses with a social mission are turning reuse, repair, and deconstruction into engines of job creation and job training for hard-to-employ populations, while also achieving meaningful environmental goals. Some of these businesses have been credited with reducing the recidivism of formerly incarcerated employees to practically zero. Come learn about deconstruction/salvaging, which creates jobs, reduces waste, and saves money!
The film THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a battle cry for the current movement to reduce plastic pollution, and a reality check for the narrative around plastics by revealing how the entire production system pollutes and marginalizes communities, long before plastic pollution makes its way into the ocean. It was called “the most important documentary of the year” by Indie NYC. Register here for free!
Please call Cuomo’s office and put pressure on him and the DEC to protect quality of life and our local economy in the Finger Lakes. WE RESIST BEING A SACRIFICE ZONE FOR WALL STREET! Call him today at 518-474-8390 and tell him he can make it up to his constituents by getting involved and telling Wall Street and greedy outside corporations to take a hike. Our lakes can’t take any more human pressure on them – especially for something as wasteful as bitcoins.
Will you help get 100 emails to the Public Service Commission (PSC) today? This would help in the efforts to head off a flurry of utility shutoffs slated to start next week. New York’s utility shutoff moratorium ends on March 28, and word is that the utilities are getting ready to start shutoffs on Monday, March 29. It’s important for the PSC to tell the utilities NOT TO DISCONNECT ANYONE.
Watch for it and vote yes! This November, we will decide whether the state constitution should be amended to include a right to clean air and water, as well as a “healthy environment”, aka the Green Amendment! Who wouldn’t want that? Turns out, we may be facing some tough opposition. Read this article to learn more.
Yes, you read that right! A lucky winner will go home with a 2020 Tesla Model 3, ($36,000) ARV, in the Friends of Rogers Electric Car Raffle 2021. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $25, 15 for $50, 35 for $100 or 200 for $500 and benefit Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center.
We will be engaging in over 40 lobby visits, dozens of distributed rallies, a huge kick off call, daily social media actions, a town hall with Senator Schumer himself, and much more. And we’re doing all of this in a single week. Here are two ways you can take action now!
Cornell has multiple maps that outline the eco-friendly features on every corner of campus. Check out the maps here!
Looking to compost on campus? Want to manage your food-related waste better this semester? Interested in reducing your impact on climate change? Become a certified Residential Composter. Available to students & staff living in on-campus housing.
Today, March 19th, is the day of Global (Virtual) Climate Strike. This is your CALL TO ACTION! Make a sign, snap a pic, tag your reps & hashtag it, & Demand Climate Justice! More info provided by Sunrise Ithaca here.
Each spring and fall, VINES select a limited number of households to receive either a raised bed built in their backyard or up to 10 grow bags. Anyone who lives in the City of Binghamton, Johnson City, Endwell, or Endicott is eligible for the program. More information on eligibility and the program in general can be found here.
Chef Mike Boise and winemaker Nancy Gable joined forces to create Salt of the Earth, a hip little joint in Union Springs (on the northeast side of Cayuga Lake).
While the Finger Lakes is being considered for a National Heritage Designation by Congress, the small Town of Torrey and Greenidge could make a decision that would forever harm this gem of a region we call home. Burning dirty fossil fuels, warming our water, killing our aquatic life, and generating noise is completely antithetical to our way of life- one that would negatively impact our air, our environment, our water, and our agri-tourism economy- for generations to come- in the midst of global climate change. It’s inconceivable. We cannot allow this to happen.