Learn to Ride! Or brush up on your bike skills

Do you need a learn to ride session or want to refresh your basic bike skills including your skills for safe riding in traffic? Small group bike skills classes for adults are back for Summer 2021. Each session will be customized to the skills you want to learn. Instructors are equipped to work with a range of abilities.

Give on June 23rd for your chance to win an upcycled lamp!

Giving is Gorges is tomorrow! Even though early giving has already started, this year’s main event on June 23rd has something special in store for all Sustainable Tompkins supporters. Our dear friend Jon Jensen has kindly donated a one-of-a-kind, fully functional upcycled lamp that will be raffled off to ANYONE who donates between 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the 23rd. Share our fundraiser on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and get an extra entry per platform!

$20M dollars to “rescue” Tompkins County. How do you want to see it spent?

The Tompkins County Legislature is seeking community input on the use of $19.8 million in one-time funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Input is being sought through a survey asking Tompkins County residents to rank their top three priorities for the funds; priorities are limited to eight options clarified for local municipalities by the Federal Government. Results of the survey will inform discussions by the Legislature, including at the June 30, 5:30pm expanded Budget Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature where Legislators will begin the process of planning how best to spend and/or invest ARP funds.

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.