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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…

Food System Plan Accepted by Legislature

(Tompkins Weekly, 7-27-22, by Katie Hallas) The Tompkins County Food System Plan: A Roadmap for our Food Future — presented to the County Legislature on July 19 — was enthusiastically supported with all 13 legislators present voting unanimously to accept the plan. The draft plan is available at tompkinsfoodfuture.org/theplan, and community members are encouraged to…

Seed Travels Gives Insight into Agriculture

(Tompkins Weekly, 7-13-2022, by Rebecca Cutter) Seed Travels is a movement that began 16 years ago when a group of Maya Achi farmers traveled from Guatemala to the Southwest to share the story of the amaranth seed. In May, Julian Vasquez Chun, Maya Achi farmer and agroecology program coordinator for The Garden’s Edge, traveled to…

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Finger Lakes ReUse Receives Conservation Award

(Tompkins Weekly, 6-22-22, By JoAnn Kowalski) Finger Lakes ReUse (FLR) has received the 19th annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award for 2021. The award was established in 2003 by the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board to honor Fischer for his significant efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the town of Ithaca. Members of…