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
"Received a Finger Lakes Climate Fund grant to help get her house tightened up. Snug Planet did the work. More info at www.fingerlakesclimatefund.org and Sustainable Tompkins."
Deb Thompson - July 26, 2013
"I made a handbag using cutouts from old magazines."
Panda - August 6, 2013
"This past Earth Day, members of sustainability organizations on Cornell's campus joined together in the second annual Spring Fest! With attractions in three central locations on campus there was plent... y of food, music and celebrating. The weather was great and the event had a wonderful turnout!" more
Jess - May 1, 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
"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
"Just built first compost bin with help of some friends."
Fabina Colon - April 30, 2013
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.