EJ Film Festival now through May 5th!

Starting Wednesday, April 21, the Sanctuary for Independent Media presents the North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival celebrating grassroots activism! From April 21st through May 5th, there will be online screenings and workshops highlighting struggles of people from Cohoes, NY to Arica, Chile!

Earth Day Trivia 2021 – with prizes!

Celebrate Earth Day (Thursday, April 22nd) with a virtual trivia event hosted by Kenneth McLaurin and SingTrece from 7:00-8:30pm. Join various Tompkins County organizations in testing our collective climate knowledge while celebrating local connection, solidarity, and action. Between trivia questions, we’ll share information about local efforts to strengthen human and environmental health and liberation, and how you can get involved. Prizes will be provided by your favorite local businesses. Register here!

Roadside Ditch Systems and the FLx

From fertilizer runoff to road salt, what happens to our roadside ditches ultimately happens to our precious Finger Lakes. As we further explore and combat harmful algae blooms in our area, it’s important that we take into consideration EVERYTHING going into the lake.

Tackling the Lead Dilemma in Small Municipalities

Next Thursday, April 15th at 1:00pm, join the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) via Zoom for “Tackling the Lead Dilemma in Small Municipalities: A Closer Look into Lead Service Line Replacement Programs, Funding, and Inventorying in Small Municipalities.” The speakers will share lessons learned and best practices on lead service line replacement in smaller municipalities (with populations of roughly 5,000-35,000). During this webinar, EPIC will also share information about a new incentive program, the Lead-Free Water Challenge, that will assist small municipalities with lead service line replacement.

No more road salt!

While we need to use road salt to keep roadways safe in the ice and snow, the accumulation of salt that washes into waterways has unintended consequences on aquatic life. It also largely contributes to Harmful Algal Blooms, which have been a major problem in the Finger Lakes Region for years. Using this much imported salt is also expensive in terms of both money and carbon emissions. Fortunately, practical alternatives are starting to emerge; namely, salt brine and live-blade plows (which you can learn more about in the article below). Over the course of 2 years testing these alternatives, communities around Lake George cut their salt usage in half, “a drop that maintenance officials say can’t be explained by weather variations”.

Free Seedlings Available for Streamside Plantings

Residents living along streams and other waterbodies are encouraged to participate in the DEC’s “Buffer in a Bag” program. The goal of the Buffer in a Bag program is to increase forested riparian buffers across the state by encouraging landowners to undertake small-scale plantings. Streamside plantings help decrease erosion, slow floodwaters, and protect fish and wildlife habitat.

Eliminate Gas Leaf Blowers in NYS May 1 – Sept 30

The gas-powered leaf blower is responsible for a significant amount of fossil fuel use, as well as noise and air pollution. Our cars and trucks require strict emissions testing and regulation. The 2-stroke engines in gas leaf blowers (GLBs) lacks emission control components, releasing 300 times the levels of hydrocarbons as vehicles on the road. According to the California Air Resources Board, running one for 1 hour is equivalent to the pollutants released by driving a car 1100 miles.

Free Webinar on Reuse & Repair: Creating New Jobs and Enterprises through Zero Waste – Wed., April 7 at 2 pm

Around the country, businesses with a social mission are turning reuse, repair, and deconstruction into engines of job creation and job training for hard-to-employ populations, while also achieving meaningful environmental goals. Some of these businesses have been credited with reducing the recidivism of formerly incarcerated employees to practically zero. Come learn about deconstruction/salvaging, which creates jobs, reduces waste, and saves money!