Justice As a Verb – Putting the Love and Belonging into Creating Sustainable Communities

(Tompkins Weekly, 5-8-24, by Gail Patrice Lockert Anthony) Most of us living in the United States have similar dreams, ambitions, cares, and concerns. We weep, laugh, and have pride in many of the same things. For some, though, (those who’ve been historically and systemically marginalized, brutalized, oppressed); we live in two separate nations. The first…

The Greenest Home in Ithaca

(Tompkins Weekly, 4-24-24, by Eric Banford) I recently received an invitation to a party at “The Greenest Home in Ithaca” celebrating some friends disconnecting their NYSEG gas line from their home. This self-proclaimed title of “greenest home” intrigued me, so I checked in with co-owner Todd Saddler about this bold statement. “Back when we built the…

A stall at the Freeville Farmers' Market, a market founded with support from a Neighborhood Mini-Grant. Photo provided.

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Build Sustainability, Equity, and Resilient Communities

(Tompkins Weekly, 3-13-24, by Sasha Paris) Humans and “the environment” that sustains us are not separate. Environmental damage, economic inequity, and social injustice are interwoven in many ways, and their solutions must be as well. This is the philosophy of Sustainable Finger Lakes, carried out in our work, including our Neighborhood Mini-Grant program. Since 2008,…

Trees, Glorious Trees: Ancient Solutions Coupled with Modern Innovations Make for a Climate Resilient Practice Worth Spreading

(Tompkins Weekly, 2-21-24, by Erika Frenay) Of all the strategies farmers could employ to both sequester carbon AND shield their farms from climate-changed-induced weather chaos, what do you think is at the top of the list? Silvopasture! Livestock + trees + pasture = silvopasture, and it’s ranked by Project Drawdown as the #1 agricultural strategy…

Climate Hope

(Tompkins Weekly, 1-3-24, by Miranda Phillips) Like many of us, I’ve struggled with climate despair. This came to a head one winter when, hearing about the death toll of an intense Christmas ice storm, I said to my husband, “How many more people have to die senselessly before we do something.”  My husband replied, “I…

Aren’t We Nature after All?

(Tompkins Weekly, 11-22-23, by Cathleen Banford) Recently I was asked to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion outline to share with our newest Sustainable Finger Lakes board members. Building Bridges provided us with a “Walking Our Talk” workshop a few years ago and this outline will also explore overlapping content, but there is always more…