NY Renews Coalition’s Proposal to Fund New York’s Landmark Climate Law Could Unlock $$ for Ithaca Green New Deal

(Tompkins Weekly, 1-25-23, by Zasu Scott) New York’s hard-fought climate law was a big win for the climate justice movement. The landmark Climate and Community Protection Act (CLCPA or Climate Act) passed in 2019 set ambitious targets for both emission reductions and environmental justice, including a mandate for 40% emissions reduction by 2030. It’s already…

SouthWorks Green Vision Has Opportunity to Do More

(Tompkins Weekly, 1-11-23, by Dan Antonioli) At long last the SouthWorks site is moving forward with a sensible development plan to transform a massive, toxic eyesore into a creative mixed-use property that will serve the community in multiple ways. With all of the recent news about this project I have one basic question: how green will…

Mini-grant image square for news item

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Featured in Ithaca Week

In October 2021, Sustainable Finger Lakes awarded the grassroots volunteer group Zero Waste Ithaca a Neighborhood Mini-Grant in support of their Bring Your Own Container (BYOC) initiative, a campaign inviting local restaurants and food vendors to offer customers the option of bringing their own reusable containers for take-out food. In November 2022, the Ithaca College…

The Unrealized Radicalness of a Home Garden

(Tompkins Weekly, 12-14-22, by Elizabeth Keokosky) Many of us who have gardens— and many who don’t — take gardens for granted. The common reasons are clear enough: fresh vegetables, saving money and being outdoors. Making a political statement is not particularly one of them, but now, I am beginning to realize more and more the…

Words Into Deeds Empowers Youth, Helps Communities

(Tompkins Weekly, 11-23-22, by Cathleen Banford) Where do young people learn about social systems and how they interconnect and how to empower themselves to influence positive changes in their lives? While the political arena is often dripping with divisiveness and too many politicians out of touch and beholden to dark money, there are people living…

How Do Festivals Go Zero Waste?

(Tompkins Weekly, 10-26-22, by Joey Diana Gates) We are blessed to live in a land of great beauty, cultural offerings and celebrations. It feels like, at any given moment, there is an opportunity to go outside and revel in art, music and amazing food from around the world. The downside to this is the mountains…

Summit Outlines Opportunities for Local Food Future

(Tompkins Weekly, 10-12-22, by Meghan Witherow) On a rainy Tuesday evening, the large pavilion at Stewart Park was packed with more than 100 community members eager to connect about where our food system is heading. Attendees from local businesses, organizations, institutions and the broader community enjoyed a nearly zero-waste meal by Asempe Kitchen, with dishware by…

Outdoor, Indoor Fall Composting Tips, Tricks

(Tompkins Weekly, 9-28-22, by Adam Michaelides) Fall is here! The balmy days of summer have gone, and we’re seeing color on the leaves, tomato plants dying in the garden and shorter days. Here in New York, kids go back to school in September, the seasons change, and harvest season is in full swing. One gift of…

Mini-grant image square for news item

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Applications Due October 1

Do you have an idea for a project to make our community more sustainable, resilient, or inclusive? Need a little help in covering the costs? Sustainable Finger Lakes is accepting applications for our fall 2022/winter 2023 round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants. The Sustainable Finger Lakes Neighborhood Mini-Grant program supports initiatives improving environmental sustainability, equity, and environmental, economic,…

Reuse Summit Generates Interest in Finger Lakes ReUse

(Tompkins Weekly, 8-24-22, by Robin Elliott and Diane Cohen) The first-ever New York State Reuse Summit was held in Ithaca at Cinemapolis on June 16. The event brought together over 160 participants from 64 New York communities and six states to learn more about the transformative economic, environmental and social impacts reuse can have. This…

County Works to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Tompkins Weekly, 8-10-2, by Peter Bardaglio) As it has since 2009, the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) recently issued its annual report on member activities in 2021 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy. A coalition of activists leaders and concerned citizens, TCCPI meets monthly to discuss and share…