Let’s fight off dirty fuel this Thursday!

New York’s Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates that we get off of fossil fuels and invest in frontline communities — eventually, the fossil fuel industry will be irrelevant. Unsurprisingly, they’re pushing back. NY Renews just released a new report detailing five “false solutions” that the gas industry puts forward to seem “clean” and “green”, but in reality are just as dirty as their fossil fuel counterparts. So what to do?

March Events!

Women, Climate, and more! Catch a climate-action film, learn about the pros and cons of ranked-choice voting, or build your gardening skills! Click through our March calendar to peruse the many ways to participate in the movement.

We must tell the Public Service Commission: New Yorkers deserve better than Holtec!

We must speak out! New Yorkers deserve better than Holtec! Entergy (current owner) is asking the PSC to approve the transfer of Indian Point Nuclear Plant and the associated $1.6 billion decommissioning trust fund to a joint venture of Holtec International and SNC-Lavalin (henceforth Holtec). Holtec has been cited for malfeasance, safety violations, financial misdealings, and corruption. This track record should disqualify Holtec from obtaining the licence to decommission Indian Point and gaining control of the $1.6 billion Decommissioning Trust Fund. Many organizations that follow nuclear industry issues believe Holtec is unfit to manage Indian Point and the trust fund because Holtec has no experience decommissioning nuclear power plants and is likely to cut corners to maximize its profits as shown by its long history of lies, bribes and risk-taking.

Floof Collage pARTy!

Headquartered in Stern’s 500 square foot studio on Burleigh Road in Ithaca, the studio offers a mixed-media experience to unlock the inner artist. Decorate with a variety of materials, further embellish with a few more, and add a bit of something else for good measure. Many of her materials are recycled and repurposed!

Apply for a home through Habitat for Humanity!

Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties is holding an open application period from January 15th – April 15th 2021. The selected homebuyer family would partner with Habitat and White Hawk Ecovillage Community, Inc in Danby to build a modest, efficient, and ecologically minded home in the White Hawk Community. The family will work alongside TCHFH’s staff and volunteers, including White Hawk members, to build their home.

Take the Tompkins Food Future survey!

Tompkins County residents are invited to share their thoughts on our local food system and their priorities for improving it in a brief online survey hosted by Tompkins Food Future, a community-based planning initiative. The survey will remain open through 3/5/21. It takes 10 minutes or less to complete, and you can take it here! Survey responses will provide an overview of the challenges, strengths and needs of our community, and will be used to develop a comprehensive food system plan and recommendations, to be distributed in May 2022.

Greenstar leads the push for a Living Wage, Sign petition for county-wide living wage in Tompkins

“GreenStar Food Coop, with over 200 employees, has become the largest Living Wage Certified employer in Tompkins County that is not a government organization. The Tompkins County Living Wage is currently $15.37/hour, and there are now 124 certified employers”, the Tompkins County Workers Center reports, for whom this is a major victory. Read more about it here. Like the sound of this? Check out the full list of Living Wage employers (including Sustainable Tompkins!), and sign the petition for a county-wide living minimum wage (right now, it’s $15.37 in Tompkins County, and calculated every two years by Alternatives Federal Credit Union).

3-Day Climate Summit this weekend!

Tomorrow (Friday) kicks off the beginning of a 3-day climate summit! It’s 100% virtual & 100% free to all! Featuring… University of Rochester alumni, students, staff and professors, local activists and community organizations, officials from all levels of NY government, including Representative Joseph Morelle. Click here to learn more & register.

Tell Ithaca: Let’s do better!

Back in 2017, the City and Town of Ithaca proposed a “green building policy” for new construction and major renovations that was pretty advanced for its time… in 2017. Now, in 2021, the City and Town are proposing to vote on it. However, policy that was advanced in 2017 is not advanced today … they need to strengthen the law before passing it. YOU CAN HELP! Here are 3 easy actions for you to take before the public hearing TOMORROW. It will make a big difference to our representatives to know they have support for this important policy from a broad base of the community.