Get Your GreenBack Tompkins is a community-based campaign to inspire all 42,000 households and every business in Tompkins County
to take at least one
step to save energy and money in the areas of
and Heating and Lighting
"11 staff and students rode to school at Dewitt on a brisk April morning. More will come out with the warmer weather. The freedom, fun, and fitness from biking gets us on the road!
We can DEW - ITT!"
Dewitt Middle School - April 25, 2014
"PEEPS (Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability) was a program that I joined last year and carried on this year as well. It was an incredible experience. Based at the Cornell Pla... ntations, PEEPS took me through a world of plants and heightened my appreciation for the plant world. I was exposed to many experts in the field of plants, and I learned a lot about how what humans do affects the environment. It completely changed my perspective of the plant world. Now I am more conscious of the consequences my actions may have on the environment. In this program, we also focused on questions of how to sustain this world for the future generations.
I learned a lot from this program and a result of it was that I joined the Green Team at Ithaca High School to further help the community understand the importance of the environment. I believe that PEEPS has impacted me in a positive way, and now I am more aware of my actions. I recycle more, and I have expanded the garden that I tend at home to grow more food. All in all, I think I have gained a new perspective and can appreciate the wonderful world of plants more." more
Amy Zhong - August 15, 2013
"Since January 2012, we have trained 134 aspiring farmers, students, and community members at Groundswell. Many of them are contributing to increasing food production in and around Tompkins County."
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming - April 16, 2013
"The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School provides free fresh fruits and vegetables, local and/or organic whenever possible, in the classroom every day to all ... 400 students and staff at the school. The program has not only been an nutritional success, but also it has allowed children to develop an appreciation for our local produce, as much of what they eat is donated from local farms, orchards, and gardens in exchange for volunteer labor. Students and teachers pick up the snacks each morning and learn about the fruits and vegetables that they will serve in the classroom. Students are also responsible for returning the bowls to the kitchen, rinsing out the bowls and utensils, and composting the leftovers." more
Megan Begert - October 31, 2012
"Around 200 people participated in the "Leaf it to Us" rake and swap, coordinated by the Compost Educators at CCE Tompkins. This includes dozens of volunteer rakers, and all the people who donated and ... collected leaves for their composts!
(Photo is of the stack of leaves collected from Fall Creek and Northside homes.)" more
Compost Educators - December 9, 2013
"The Plastic Hurts Club--comprised of 4 to 13 year olds from Ithaca--met with Mayor Svante to deliver a letter:
All the plastic in the ocean looks like jellyfish to the turtles. - K... alle, age 5
When people let go of helium balloons, it can pop over the ocean and kill animals. Don't bring plastic to the beach. It could blow into the ocean. - Flossie, age 5
Plastic is bad for animals AND the earth. - Kaly, age 9
There is a mat of plastic in the ocean the size of Texas. - Ana, age 13
We heart our planet.
Our names are Ana, Kaly and Flossie and Kalle and Noah (age 4). We know what can help reduce plastic use in Ithaca.
Plastic bags should be re-used. Ithaca should ban the use of plastic bags. When grocery shopping, we should bring our own cloth bags.
In Seattle, people have to pay a nickel to use paper bags. They banned plastic.
We want there to be no plastic in the world and we want Ithaca to help the world be a better place.
a.k.a The Plastic Hurts Club
The photo shows one monster bag with 772 recycled grocery bags from Wegmans. This is from one of three receptacles that is changed every three hours!
The group sold homemade cloth bags made of recycled cloth as a fundraiser." more
Plastic Hurts Club - November 8, 2012
2. Save Money & Energy
Supporting the communities of Ithaca, Lansing, Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Trumansburg, Cayuga Heights, Caroline, Danby, Newfield, Enfield and Ulysses in taking energy-saving steps.