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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…

Sustainable Finger Lakes celebrates 18 years

Sustainable Tompkins was launched 18 years ago by a small team of local environmental and social justice activists. Weaving together our knowledge, networks and energy, we helped our community discover and adopt more sustainable patterns of living and working. Through workshops, master classes, monthly potlucks, energy fairs, study circles, Earth Day rallies and multi-day regional…

Trees Up Tompkins

Trees Up Tompkins aims to draw down carbon from the atmosphere by planting native trees on available land in Tompkins County, NY. They currently have two main projects. At Lighthouse Point, the organization has cleared almost 7000 sq. ft. of invasive species and planted over 100 native trees! They welcome youths and adults alike to…

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…

“Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain: The Promise and the Peril” – Thursday, Jan. 13th @ 7pm

Save the date! Join the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County online Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7pm to learn from speaker Irene Weiser, Coordinator of Fossil Free Tompkins. Come learn the basics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, how the energy appetite of some forms threatens to derail achievement of NYS climate goals, and possible directions forward. Weiser has spent 10 years working toward local and state energy policies that will bring an affordable, equitable transition to renewable energy. She was elected to three terms as council member in the Town of Caroline, serving from 2012 to 2020. Co-Sponsored by: Campaign for Renewable Energy, Fossil Free Tompkins, People for a Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Tompkins.

The crypto line is open! Call before the end of the year!

Thanks to Food and Water Watch, there is now a line dedicated to Proof of Work Cryptocurrency. Please call (866) 942-5138 to be connected to Governor Hochul and ask her to: Put a pause on PoW crypto until the human health and environmental aspects can be studied. Have her DEC reject the Greenidge and Fortistar permits. If you tweet, please retweet this tweet which is a message to Governor Hochul. For more info on this issue, read this article.

It’s time to change NYS’ recycling system!

Recycling has a big problem and consumer brand owners need to be a part of the solution! Please consider supporting NYS S.1185A, an Extended Producer Responsibility bill for Consumer Packaging and Printed Paper. How you can support this bill: Please let your State Assembly Member know you support this bill! Use this easy tool to find your assembly member – When you find them, click the Contact button to see their phone number and a form where you can leave a comment. Contact your local government officials and indicate it is time to fix our states recycling system. If you don’t know who that is, use this page to find your county’s website.

Help save public land on Cayuga Lake!

After nearly 100 years as an incredible waterfront recreational property, Camp Barton is in danger of being sold and subdivided! Please help us stop this process! We saved the Bell Station property from development on the East side of Cayuga Lake now it’s time to save Camp Barton on the West side. What you can do: Please add your name to the petition: “Governor Kathy Hochul: Save Camp Barton!” Please include your personal connection to Camp Barton in the comments section – if you have one. Share it with your networks! We need to get thousands of signatures ASAP to get the attention of our Governor.

Vote for Sustainable Tompkins!

Partners for Change highlights organizations that share GreenStar’s commitment to sustainable agriculture/organic food, environmental protection/stewardship, hunger and social justice issues, local food system, co-ops, and the well being and education of the community regarding these topics. If you are a GreenStar Co-op member, from December 14th – 28th, you can vote through your member portal here to select your top 10 choices among local nonprofits to participate in next year’s Partners for Change program. We humbly ask that you vote for Sustainable Tompkins!