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…

Greenidge Sounds New Alarms About Its Financial Condition in SEC Filing, Says Cash Expected to Run Out in March

Greenidge Generation LLC is facing financial struggles after losing mining revenues, which will now make it more difficult for the company to meet its debt payments. Read this article by Peter Mantius for more information: https://waterfrontonline.blog/2022/11/15/greenidge-sounds-new-alarms-about-its-financial-condition-in-sec-filing-says-cash-expected-to-run-out-in-march/

A new coalition for civic engagement forms in Ithaca: Your Voice + Your Vote

Your Voice + Your Vote, or YV2, is a new coalition of organizations that aims to promote civic engagement in Ithaca. The kickoff event for YV2 will be on Saturday, November 5th at the Southside Community Center from 12 to 2 pm. Read this Ithaca Voice article by Jimmy Jordan for more information: https://ithacavoice.com/2022/11/a-new-coalition-for-civic-engagement-is-forming-in-ithaca-your-voice-your-vote/

Finger Lakes Republicans United Against Popular Environmental Bond Issue on Ballot as ‘Proposal 1’

New York Proposal 1, the Environmental Bond Measure, calls for issuing $4.20 billion in general obligation bonds to finance climate change mitigation (including clean energy initiatives), flood-risk reduction, water infrastructure, and land conservation and recreation. This proposal will be included in New York 2022 election ballots. State legislators from the Finger Lakes region have been…

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…

Farmland Runoff, Intense Storms Raise Phosphorus Loads That Drive HABs in Seneca-Keuka Watershed, Study Finds

The Nine Element Plan (9E), which aims to cut phosphorus pollution in the Seneca-Keuka Watershed, has finally been approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of State. Read this blog post by Peter Mantius to learn more: https://waterfrontonline.blog/2022/10/22/farmland-runoff-intense-storms-raise-phosphorus-loads-that-drive-habs-in-seneca-keuka-watershed-study-finds/

MyCoast NY: A New Tool for Community Science

Free webinar Tuesday, October 25th 6pm Does your neighborhood or community flood? Are you looking for meaningful ways to get involved? New York Sea Grant is hosting an informational webinar to promote a new statewide community science tool called MyCoast NY, a new a platform for sharing and viewing photos of local flooding and storm…

Leachate from Seneca Meadows Blamed for ‘Sewer Gas’ Stench Incident in May; One Firm Asks: How Dangerous Was It?

Back in May, businesses located near the Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill reported a sewer gas stench from within their buildings, which was suspected to be hydrogen sulfide gas from leachate. The landfill was then ordered to stop pumping leachate into Seneca Falls’ sewer system. The hazardous effects of this incident are now being investigated. Read…

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…

The New York Environmental Bond Act

On October 11th at 6:30 pm, join the League of Women Voters of New York State, The Nature Conservancy, WE ACT, and the New York State Conference of Operating Engineers to learn about the Clean Water, Clean Air, Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. Speakers will include: Jessica Ottney Mahar, The Nature Conservancy Pamela…