Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program Featured in Ithaca Week

Ithaca College publication Ithaca Week showcased the Sustainable Finger Lakes Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program in an article by Caroline Grass, featuring interviews with Neighborhood Mini-Grant Coordinator Sasha Paris and the recipients of two April 2023 grants supporting native botany education at the Marshy Garden Project and the Lansing Center Trail. This program has benefited people throughout…

Sustainable Investing Via Environmental, Social and Governance Risks

(Tompkins Weekly, 9-13-23, by Betsy Keokosky) There is a sustainable investment development gaining momentum recently that is worth keeping an eye on.  It is the practice of analyzing a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, and assessing opportunities for improving them.  Here, Governance means the internal governance of the company itself in areas such…

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 2023/winter 2024 round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants. The Sustainable Finger Lakes Neighborhood Mini-Grant program supports initiatives improving environmental sustainability, equity, and environmental, economic,…

TCCPI Report Highlights County Achievements on Climate Action and Clean Energy

(Tompkins Weekly, 8-23-23, by Peter Bardaglio) Once again, as it has since 2009, the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) issued its annual report earlier this summer on member efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and build a more resilient, sustainable community. A coalition of activist leaders and concerned citizens, TCCPI…

Goodbye, Get Your GreenBack: Lessons from the Last Decade

(Tompkins Weekly, 6-14-23, by Karim Beers) Get Your GreenBack Tompkins is saying goodbye. For 12 years, this community-supported initiative led by Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County has engaged and supported households and organizations with local food access, waste reduction, savings on transportation and energy, and carbon emissions reductions. As director of Get Your GreenBack, I…

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Support Rural Initiatives

From staple foods to bicycling infrastructure to botany education, small locally-based initiatives can help to meet the needs and improve the lives of people in rural areas. In April 2023, Sustainable Finger Lakes awarded a total of $2,500 in four Neighborhood Mini-Grants supporting such projects across Tompkins County. Artist/ecologist Ash Ferlito and ecological landscape designer…

Sustainability Science at the Paleontological Research Institution

(Tompkins Weekly, 5-24-23, by Debra Freeman) Whether you are a Finger Lakes native or visitor, if you want to better understand global climate change and see local signs of sustainability, start at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI). Affiliated with Cornell University, PRI comprises four buildings, 100 acres, and more: laboratories in Palmer Hall; outdoor education…