ST hiring Outreach Coordinator

Get started on a career in the regional sustainability movement with us! Sustainable Tompkins is searching for an Outreach Coordinator to provide leadership in nonprofit communications, marketing, and digital technology. We are offering flexible, part-time work with good benefits, and a leadership role in the local sustainability movement.

“Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain: The Promise and the Peril” – Thursday, Jan. 13th @ 7pm

Save the date! Join the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County online Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7pm to learn from speaker Irene Weiser, Coordinator of Fossil Free Tompkins. Come learn the basics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, how the energy appetite of some forms threatens to derail achievement of NYS climate goals, and possible directions forward. Weiser has spent 10 years working toward local and state energy policies that will bring an affordable, equitable transition to renewable energy. She was elected to three terms as council member in the Town of Caroline, serving from 2012 to 2020. Co-Sponsored by: Campaign for Renewable Energy, Fossil Free Tompkins, People for a Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Tompkins.

BOCES offers Heat Pump Installation course

A new cycle of classes will start on January 11th, 2022! This course will be a 20-hour basic installation of low ambient mini-split heat pump class. This class will focus on the skills needed for an entry-level position as an installer of residential heat pump systems. Students will learn the basic skills and gain hands-on experience using the tools, equipment, and best practices for installing heat pump systems in cold climates. Upon successful completion of the program, a TST BOCES certificate will be issued.

Gov. Hochul announces agreement to protect pristine Cayuga Lake waterfront property

Governor Kathy Hochul announced a land purchase agreement has been reached between the Finger Lakes Land Trust and New York State Electric & Gas Corp. for the 470-Acre Bell Station, the largest privately-owned undeveloped lake shoreline in the Finger Lakes. Governor Hochul in September announced that NYSEG had canceled the auction of land known as Bell Station with 3,400 feet of pristine shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County, and that three state agencies would facilitate permanent protection of this parcel and maximize public access.

Ithaca’s makes history! Let’s discuss…

Join us this Wednesday, November 10th to discuss the City of Ithaca’s electrification program! The fifth installment of the 1000 Conversations: Power Lunches series is this week. The City of Ithaca made history this past Wednesday as the first city to commit to decarbonizing 100% of its building stock – including commercial and residential buildings. From 12:00pm to 12:45pm on Wednesday, November 10th, Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Director of Sustainability, will be joined by Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower, to talk about the City’s plans to roll out this monumental, first-of-its-kind program.

Grants available for NYS farmers!

The New York Farm Viability Institute works to help New York farmers become more profitable and improve the long-term economic viability and sustainability of New York State’s farms, the food system, and the communities they serve. To that end, NYFVI has issued an RFP for its competitive grant program, which will provide grants of up to $125,000 over two years in support of proposals that have clear relevance to the state’s agriculture community, demonstrated producer support, and have the ability to deliver farm-level economic impact over time.

Are you ready for winter?

Fall is here – the heating season is imminent. Are you ready? If you experienced ice dams last winter, now is an excellent time to get an energy audit and see if your home’s insulation can be improved. If your furnace, boiler, or water heater is coming to the end of its life, now is the time to consider replacing them with heat pumps.Not sure where to start? That’s where HeatSmart comes in! Please peruse our website, which is chock full of information, including fact sheets, webinars, and virtual home tours. Join HeatSmart for their upcoming Webinar Wednesdays Installer series! Their installer partners will walk you through a recent installation job, and there will be plenty of time for your questions. HeatSmart homeowners will be joining too. 

NY Potential in Perennial Nut Crops

New York State has a long history of nut growing and harvesting, dating back at least 6,000 years. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in this nutritious, perennial crop as part of our agricultural systems. Samantha Bosco, a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University’s School of Integrated Plant Science, recently gave an inspiring and informative talk on the history and potential of nuts. The talk was titled “Nut Production in New York: Past, Present, Future” and is available on the Cornell Small Farms YouTube Channel, along with other talks from the current series. Bosco covered the history of nut tree cultivation in the area and how their local production can help meet climate resilience and social justice goals.

PFAS 101 Virtual Teach-in

Join Environmental Advocates NY next Thursday, September 30th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for a PFAS 101 Virtual Teach-in. During this session, you’ll learn all about PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), the push to expand drinking water testing for these cancer-cauing chemicals, and how you can take meaningful action on the issue. 

1000 Conversations – Tompkins County panel on climate

From 12:00PM to 12:45PM on Wednesday, September 22nd, Luis Aguirre-Torres (Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca) and Terry Carroll (Chief Sustainability Officer for Tompkins County) will be the first speakers for the 1000 Conversations Wednesday Panel series. Luis and Terry will talk about what sustainability and climate justice mean for our community. Luis and Terry will talk about what sustainability and climate justice mean for Ithaca & Tompkins County. They will discuss strategy, engagement, collaboration and the undeniable sense of urgency. 

Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend this Saturday and Sunday

Have some family fun down on the farm during the 2nd Annual Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th (10:00am-4:00pm unless noted). Ten of the finest farms in the Watkins Glen area and throughout Schuyler County will be open to the public, offering tours, tastings, hay-rides, demonstrations, apple picking, farm-market shopping. Meet the farm animals, too!