We need you to help fend off dirty crypto plants in NYS!

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are “mined” in energy-intensive operations — power plants burn fossil fuels to meet the massive electricity needs of cryptocurrency creation and transactions. And right now, cryptocurrency-mining operators are trying to fire up some of New York’s dirtiest retired power plants. We should be doing everything we can to move New York off fossil fuels; we can’t afford to repower dirty fracked gas power plants. And especially not for cryptocurrency. We can stop this, but we need the Legislature to place a moratorium on these energy-intensive operations now. As we look ahead to the start of the legislative session, now is the time to let your state legislators know that they must prioritize stopping cryptocurrency mining using the energy-intensive “proof of work” method of authentication.

Tompkins County Soliciting Applications for the Renewed and Expanded Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board

On November 4, 2021, the Tompkins County Legislature renewed the Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board for another three-year term and expanded its membership to 11 seats. The Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board is charged with providing expert input to the Legislature on regulatory initiatives and successful community programs relating to energy and climate change, as well as emerging energy efficiency, renewables, and climate adaptation technologies. The advisory board will continue to assist the County in engaging with state policymakers and regulators, utility staff, municipal leaders, developers, businesses, and community groups to set Tompkins County government and the wider Tompkins County community on a successful course to meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and the Tompkins County Energy Strategy as quickly as is fiscally and economically feasible.

Your help is needed to rebuild our food system!

Recently, 100 different farm, food, and environmental groups from around the country signed onto a reconciliation letter for food and agriculture. We want a reconciliation package to rebuild the food system in a just way that empowers communities of color, and benefits public health for everyone! Please help us share this letter and message so we can push for the boldest, most equitable and most effective investment in American agriculture + climate mitigation in history.

Summer Survey on Home Energy and Comfort Issues

Over the past 10 years, we’ve helped dozens of families in Ithaca and surrounding counties to become climate heroes by providing gap financing for insulation, air sealing, and high efficiency equipment. But in a city where nearly 75% of the population rents their living space, it requires a bit more effort and outreach to replace outdated, dangerous, and inefficient HVAC equipment in rental properties. This summer, our team at Sustainable Tompkins is conducting a door-to-door survey focused on lower-income neighborhoods to capture the reality of residents’ energy cost burdens and related health, indoor air quality, and home comfort issues.

Every Child Matters – Walk for Justice & Indigenous Ancestors

Tomorrow – SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021 – at 10:00am, join the women of the Onondaga Nation as they walk for justice from the Onondaga Nation to Downtown Syracuse. Gather at the Onondaga Nation Arena (Tsha’ hoñnoñ yeñh dahkwa’ at) parking lot, Rt. 11 and march to the area formerly known as Columbus Circle. There will be a rally at 1:30 pm with speakers and singers. Within the last couple of months over 2500 unmarked graves of Indigenous children have been located on the grounds of the Institutions of Genocide aka “Residential Schools,” throughout Canada and the United States. We will walk in honor of them and the thousands of survivors who endured unspeakable inhumane treatment by the hand of priests, nuns and anyone else who were mandated by the United States Government to “Kill the Indian and Save the Man.”

Syracuse Grows

Syracuse Grows is a grassroots network that cultivates food justice through advocacy, education, and resources in support of urban food production. They strive to create community where everyone has the equal opportunity to produce healthy and culturally appropriate food. They do this by facilitating the creation of community and volunteer run gardens, as well as hosting educational events and workshops.

Apply for the national award-winning Citizens Academy!

Citizens Academy is an interactive educational program of FOCUS Greater Syracuse that informs citizens about how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered. It is a place to learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity and a healthy environment. Anyone can be an activist. But if you’re nervous to get involved because you don’t know the ins and outs of local government – this is the resource for you! Classes will run every Wednesday from September 15, 2021 through November 17, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Apply here by July 31st to be considered for this National Award Winning opportunity!

Social justice education for kids

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County is proud to coordinate sessions of Chicana Motherwork’s 6-week curriculum for Tompkins families. This education plan is for parents seeking to teach their children about historical oppression, social justice, and how to create a socially just world. Current sessions are intended for ages 4-10 but can be modified for all ages. Class sessions will be hosted online only. Register here. Groups of 3-4 families will be engaging in intimate discussions surrounding race, racism, sex, class, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues. Registration is rolling. Please email tompkinsfamilies@gmail.com with any questions.