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
"The Compost Education Program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins played a huge role in many Public Events throughout Tompkins. Some of the public events that Master Composters and educat... ors took part in were the “Maple Festival”, the BJM Multicultural Dinner at the BJM Elementary School, Ithaca Earth Day at the Farmers Market Pavilion, the Food Justice Summit at Northside Ithaca, a “Leaf Swap” event at CCETC, and the Groundswell Food and Farming Festival at Eco Village, Ithaca. These events were attended by about 442 people!" more
Compost Education Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County - March 2, 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
"I canned our harvest this year with delicious holiday presents in mind....tomato marmalade, peach preserves, hot and mild salsa, pickled beets and escabeche (among other goodies!). Since I'm on a tigh... t budget, this is a thoughtful and loving gift that captures the local flavors grown & canned here in Tompkins County. And, if I want some locally made maple syrup to top off the present (which my whole family loves) - I can get it at Brookton's Market or Greenstar. Go local!" more
Samantha Smith - December 2, 2012
"This year the Farmer's Market at Cornell ran for eight Thursdays in Sept. and Oct. With 17 vendors this nearly trippeled the number from last year. Approx. 200 students, faculty and community members ... frequented the market every week on the Ag Quad. The market offered people the opportunity to buy fresh goods, eat lunch, listen to live music and enjoy outside - all while supporting local food!" more
Farmer's Market at Cornell - November 6, 2012
"Just built first compost bin with help of some friends."
Fabina Colon - April 30, 2013
"Four youth in the GIAC conservation corps explored getting around the City of Ithaca on bike, pedaling all the way from GIAC to the Farmers' Market to Cass Park to Southside and back to GIAC again. Th... ey were safe and fast!" more
GIAC Conservation Corps - April 30, 2014
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.