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Upstate New Yorkers Won’t Vote for Gov. Hochul without Cryptomining Action

News from Seneca Lake Guardian: “As Governor Hochul delays any decision around climate-killing cryptomining, local electeds and voters pledge to vote for candidates who prioritize everyday New Yorkers and the climate over crypto billionaires DRESDEN, NY (06/17/2022) (readMedia)– Cryptomining has become a flashpoint for democratic voters, as crypto crashes and Governor Hochul delays any decision around climate-killing…

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UPCOMING WEBINAR – Finger Lakes Forecast: Reducing Flood Risks for Your Home, 5/25 at Noon! 

Join us on May 25th at Noon for “Finger Lakes Forecast: Reducing Flood Risks for Your Home” to learn how the recent changes to FEMA’s flood maps will affect you and your home. Hear Scott Doyle, formerly of Tompkins County Planning & Sustainability, Sally Hoyt of Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and Alan Springett, hydrologist and flood mitigation specialist, discuss…

Worldwide Teach-In On Climate & Justice

Elmira College is hosting a day-long event dedicated to critical dialogue and interactive demonstrations on practical, just climate solutions. Participants can join virtually or in person.  Some of the activities and presentations offered include: Panel sessions on climate justice & solutions, climate & health, and climate & religion (with one focused on climate solutions at…

Understanding Extended Producer Responsibility & Advocating for Positive Change

“Extended Producer Responsibility,” sometimes shortened to EPR, is simply, and importantly, holding the producers of various items accountable for what they put out into the world. Rather than corporations being able to make anything – even products that are potentially harmful or polluting – then shift responsibility and blame to consumers/people using the product regarding…

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes

Safe Harbors is an organization that is helping to build resilience in the Finger Lakes! Safe Harbors provides free, confidential services for children, adults, and families who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties. They offer individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy…

Lobby for Extended Producer Responsibility

Be part of a virtual lobby day on March 10th and advocate for strong and effective Extended Producer Responsibility and Bottle Container Deposit laws. Click here to register through Beyond Plastics; they will assign you to a lobby group, and provide talking points and necessary zoom links. Not available on Thursday? Send a letter to…

New Language & Culture Class Starting Monday

Are you interested in learning about the language and culture of local indigenous groups? Stephen Henhawk is a first-language speaker who grew up on the Six Nations Reservation in Canada, where many Gayogohó:nǫˀ (Cayuga) people settled after being forced out of their ancestral homeland at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. He now lives in…

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.