Binghamton U Sustainable Communities Master’s Degree Program

A versatile program in a growing field, the Sustainable Communities program integrates environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity to solve the challenges of communities around the world. Their unique, interdisciplinary two-year program connects students to departments all over the university to ensure professional education across the broad pillars of sustainability. Get an MS or an MA; They are still accepting applications for Fall and Spring of 2021 (No GRE required)!

Make Polluters Pay!

Thanks to the hard work of grassroots activists, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) was passed by NYS legislators. It is the nation’s most progressive piece of climate justice legislation, which pledges to eliminate greenhouse emissions in the next 30 years. Now it’s time to #PassTheCCIA! The Climate & Community Protection Act will #MakePollutersPay and create 150,000 NEW GREEN JOBS IN NYS! Want to plug in? Thankfully, NY Renews has outlined some ways you can take action.

Tell Cuomo to Say NO to Greenidge!

Greenidge is an inefficient gas-fired powered plant on the west side of Seneca Lake that wants to expand its energy generation NOT for public use, but for their own private Bitcoin operation. They want to withdraw nearly 160 millions of gallons of lake water each day, and return it to a trout stream that feeds back into the lake. Discharge temperatures could be as hot as 108 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hotter than most hot tubs, and would be uncomfortable for humans, let alone trout, who prefer water from 40 to 52 degrees F. Please tell Governor Cuomo to deny the stormwater permit for this facility and to revoke already issued permits.

Buy Nothing Groups

Buy Nothing groups create hyper-local gift economies. Simply join your local Facebook group, ask for what you need, gift what you don’t, and comment to claim! In the process you will get useful things for free, prevent waste, declutter your life, help out your neighbors, and form community connections that foster a spirit of generosity. Buy Nothing groups have truly taken off: “As of January, 2020 the Buy Nothing Project has at least 1.2 million participants in at least 25 countries, led by at least 6,000 volunteers”(Buy Nothing website). Want to join? Click here to see the map of Buy Nothing Groups and find one in your neighborhood!

Sign on to keep carcinogens out of Delaware River!

Sign this petition to stop the fracked gas export terminal in the Delaware River! Tell New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Delaware Governor John Carney, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to STOP the approval of a fracked gas export facility. The proposed project by New Fortress Energy will violate the Clean Water Act and reverse decades of work to eliminate PCB pollution in the Delaware River. This river provides drinking water for over 15 million people. They have 14,460/15,000 signatures…only a few more to go! Sign on TODAY!

Friends of Rogers

Rogers Environmental Education Center, also known as Friends of Rogers, in Sherburne, NY, is a place for hiking, birding, and nature-appreciating. They also have programs for adults, camps for kids, and other educational events that make use of 600 acres of protected land. Join them for storytime & a hike any Wednesday morning — fun for all ages! Or, snowshoe with them on Jan. 14th and 30th. Right now they have *2 PAID INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE* Visit their website or their Facebook page to learn more about their programs and opportunities.

OMG! (One Million Gallons)

Want your own rain garden or green roof? You may be eligible for one…..for free! OMG! (The One Million Gallons Community Partnership) is a program of Atlantic States Legal Foundation, with the goal of intercepting 1 million gallons of stormwater from the combined sewer system in Syracuse by 2025. Click here to learn more.

South Hill Cider

Got an apple tree? South Hill Cider wants your apples (and twigs)! The Finger Lakes Apple Tree Project is an effort to preserve species of native apple trees by using old twigs to propogate, and using native apples to create unique new varieties of cider! Cheers to these environmental stewards!

Responsible Waste Management in Geneva, NY

This coming January, a municipal transfer station with on-site organics management (aka composting!), called the Geneva Resource Recovery Park, is coming to Geneva, NY! This center is brought to you by Closed Loop Systems, a local company that designs, builds, operates, and maintains customized resource recovery facilities for municipal, agricultural, industrial, and institutional clients. Their mission is to replenish global topsoil using waste! They also engage in advocacy work and education around healthy soil and the importance of the soil food web.