Good news: Canandaigua, Rochester, Geneva, Brighton, Irondequoit, Pittsford, Penfield, Lima, Brockport, Victor are all adopting a CCA(Community Choice Aggregation), making renewable energy the default choice – And it seems as though Ithaca is next! So what could this mean for the Finger Lakes as a whole?
Many municipalities in our area, including Geneva, Canandaigua, Victor, Brighton, Irondequoit, and Pittsford have now joined a CCA (Community Choice Aggregation) program, which acquires 100% renewable, fixed rate electricity. Wondering how to switch your home energy and car needs away from fossil fuels to electric?
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.
“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).
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.
Help reduce waste, protect the environment and improve gardens by teaching others to compost in Tompkins County! Join other enthusiastic volunteers for 10 in-depth classes and 20 hours of practical learning outside of class. Classes cover a variety of compost and education topics that will prepare you to become a compost educator in Tompkins County. The 20 hours of training outside of class include hands-on composting, teaching or assisting at classes, researching compost topics, and designing an independent volunteer project. After training, use your new compost know-how and teaching experience to help others in the community.
On February 16, one of the richest men on earth, Bill Gates, will release his vision of climate solutions in his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”. Climate change is one of the crises used by Gates and his Foundation to justify urgent, technocratic “solutions” for altering food systems around the world. In response, AGRA Watch aims to amplify the work of social movements organizing in Seattle and around the world for Climate Justice. To counter top-down, billionaire expertise as the means of solving our world’s most pressing issues, panelists will present an alternative approach centered on Food Sovereignty, with communities leading the way to a climate just future.
The Community Science Institute (CSI) will be hosting a free online webinar: “Patterns of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Associated Toxins in Cayuga Lake: Findings from Three Years of Bloom Monitoring.” This free webinar will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 PM. Registration is required.
On February 21st, from 10:30am – 12:00pm, the Tompkins County Age-Friendly Center for Excellence will hold it’s next workshop in a series called, “A Unifying Framework for Post-COVID Recovery.” A new virtual workshop will be held every month from now through May. This month’s event is called: “What is Age-Friendly Anyways? How it benefits Agencies, Residents, Visitors, and Businesses.” Register here!
February is here! Fend off the winter blues with some movement-building activities. But not to worry; most of these activities are virtual, meaning you can stay cozy and safe while learning, growing, and helping your community. Join the White Fragility book club that meets every Sunday, or attend the Envision Climate Summit – a 3 day event comprised of talks, panels, & workshops. Maybe even learn a new skill, like Woodland Mushroom Cultivation! Visit the Sustainable Finger Lakes Calendar to browse this month’s offerings and click the link under each event for more details.
This evening at 7:00pm EST the Green New Deal Network will host: “100 Days for Climate, Jobs, and Justice: Winning the THRIVE (Transform, Heal, & Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) Agenda” – a bold economic recovery plan to address the intersecting crises facing our nation. Sign up for tonight’s livestream here!
Think Spring! Starting February 1st, the Wells College Seed Exchange program will open for the 2021 season. All seed is available for free and will be available while supplies last. But don’t delay – once the exchange opens, the seed stock disperses quickly. Check out our Wells College Seed Exchange and get growing!
According to WaterFront, “For several years, CLEAN, independent scientists, the Town of Ithaca and other neighboring municipalities have raised concerns about a potential catastrophic roof collapse at Cargill Cayuga. Even so, the past five New York State governors have not required the company to provide an environmental impact statement for its sub-lake mining.”
Despite the challenges we currently face in shifting our industries away from pollutive, extractive, and destructive practices, living more sustainably is much easier than you think. Be sure to check out the new Green Tips page for tips on how to practice sustainability as an individual, and as a community. Categories include Energy, Waste, Transportation, Food, Household Products, Water Protection, and Yard & Garden.
Through a series of eight online training sessions, Navigators will learn about programs and incentives that exist to help others make positive changes in their life! Topics include understanding energy bills, home energy efficiency, renewable heating, solar energy, transportation alternatives, and more. Applications are due Friday, March 19th, and online training begins on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.