Lang Elliott has documented the sights and sounds of the Finger Lakes for several decades, and shares these gifts on his website and online store. Photos, videos, and recordings cover a full range of the birds, insects, amphibians, mammals, and even the winds and waters of our region. Get the app, Pure Nature (free at the app store!) or head to the website to listen to 3D Binaural Soundscapes and have the sounds of the Finger Lakes at your fingers anytime!
Natural Upcycling collects organic waste and food waste and turns it into a renewable resource – such as electricity or natural gas – through a process called anaerobic digestion. Developed for a wide range of organizations generating high volumes of food waste, such as hospitals, food manufacturers and processors, hotels, universities, long-term care institutions and hospitality providers, their WasteMaster conversion system re-purposes food and organic waste as reusable resources, on site, without adding anything during the process.
Wild Things Sanctuary helps native wildlife by rescuing and rehabilitating debilitated and orphaned/displaced animals until they are ready for release back into the wild. They currently specialize in native bat care, however they are happy to advise on any wildlife situation. Came across an injured animal? All hope is not lost! Their website provides contact info for plenty of wildlife sanctuaries in the Finger Lakes region, and info on what to do until help arrives.
Crystal Valley Creamery is a certified organic farm and is 100% grass based, focusing on rotational grazing, soil management, animal husbandry and nutrition. Their farm is licensed for raw milk sales, and they offer raw and pasteurized full-fat milk on-site in addition to select retailers in Ithaca, Rochester, Penn Yan, and Interlaken.
Weaver Wind Energy‘s mission is to create the world’s best small wind systems and related products. They prioritize using methods that are respectful of the natural environment as much as possible, and business practices that are based on cooperation, not competition. We admire their commitment to our community, as they offer opportunities for students of all ages and even New York State politicians to learn about their work. Check them out!
Looking for a new place to live? Want to be a part of a sustainable community? EcoVillage at Ithaca is part of a growing global movement for a more sustainable human culture. Comprising an intentional community and a non-profit educational organization, the project is developing an alternative model for suburban living which provides a satisfying, healthy, socially rich lifestyle, while minimizing ecological impacts.
Tiny Timber LLC provides affordable housing alternatives using natural, sustainable building materials and methods to create homes that fit in today’s world. Earlier this year, Tiny Timber went tiny! They now specialize in making affordable modular “tiny-houses” to fill the gap in middle-income housing in Ithaca. They are also an EnergyStar Partner and a living-wage employer. We applaud their commitment to their founding principles and to community wellbeing!
By air sealing, insulating and installing high-efficiency heating systems, Snug Planet is saving Tompkins County residents thousands of dollars on fuel and electricity, dollars that remain in our local community. Snug Planet uses the most environmentally-friendly products available and follows the highest building science practices. During your comprehensive home energy assessment, Snug will listen to your concerns, perform thorough testing and inspection, and develop solutions that target your specific issues. The results will have you living more comfortably and with lower utility bills.
Paradise Energy Solutions is a family-owned, full service solar installation company with a vision, “To help people be good stewards of God’s abundant resources.” Though based in Himrod, NY, they provide turnkey grid-tied solar installations all throughout the mid-Atlantic region for businesses, farmers and homeowners. Employees are trained by Solar Energy International (SEI), an industry-leading training program, and several team members are certified professionals with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Their website provides info on state-specific grants, tax incentives, and SRECs that make switching to solar even more affordable.
NYSEG has requested they be allowed to increase their electric rates by more than 20% in our region. Please attend one of the public hearings and voice your concerns about how our public utility is being managed:
Anabel’s Grocery provides nutritious, affordable food for all Cornell students through a student-run grocery store and offers educational programs that create a fun, inclusive, empowering community around quality food, food choices, wellness, and positive social change. They also feature a CSA pick-up site for Full Plate Farm Collective. For more info, visit their website.
Ability in Bloom is a dynamic, horticulture-based social enterprise of Challenge Workforce Solutions. Through a partnership with Take Your Pick Flower Farm, they provide jobs within their CSA for a committed group of adults and teenagers with disabilities and other barriers to employment. They provide an opportunity to cultivate work skills and self-reliance. For more info, visit their website.
With a mission build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities, AFCU is helping fight systemic inequalities. Stop in to apply for a loan, open a checking account, or participate in some of their community programs, such as “Coffee Talk”, the peer mentoring business circle, or “Money Matters”, the financial workshop. To learn more, visit their website.
With the goal of a prosperous, safe, and healthy New York, AGREE works for safe, affordable energy and the development of a green economy in New York State. By promoting a transition to a carbon-free and nuclear-free future and educating the public about energy alternatives, they work to revitalize the economy and safeguard human health and the environment. To learn more about their work, visit their website.