Hello West Hillers and Friends!
Thursday night was our annual meeting, and this year the topic was sustainability. The idea behind the meeting was to start addressing — from the community level — the issue of limited resources and energy descent. As I mentioned at the meeting, we are fortunate in Ithaca in that we have many organizations who have thought deeply about these issues and have made real changes in Ithaca. The agenda for the night was as follows:
- Karen Jewett and Tom Shelly, Sustainable Tompkins, Finger Lakes Energy Challenge, Finger Lakes Climate Fund www.sustainabletompkins.org
- Diane Cohen, Finger Lakes ReUse, www.fingerlakesreuse.org
- Sam Bosco, Cornell Extension, Compost www.ccetompkins.org
- Simone Lackey, Finger Lakes Permaculutre , www.fingerlakespermaculture.org
- Josh Dolan, Gardens 4 Humanity, www.ccetompkins.org
- Ray Weaver, Way-To-Go, www.zimride.com
- Bethany Schroeder, TCLocal www.tclocal.org and Ithaca Health Alliance, www.ithacahealth.org
- Anne Rhodes, CCE-Tompkins Energy Team, ccetompkins.org/energypath
- Elan Shapiro, EcoVillage www.ecovillageithaca.org
- Tom Shelly, Sustainable Chicken Project
- Peter McWain, New Roots School, www.newrootsschool.org
- Karim Beers, Ithaca Neighborhood Greenways, www.tompkins-co.org/itctc
It’s unusual, I think, to attend a talk with a dozen speakers and walk away with many worthwhile ideas on strengthening community.
I asked each group to send me an e-mail that describes their organization, so here are the ones I’ve received, and I’ll post the others as I get them.
Way2Go is a transportation education program through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Way2Go’s mission is to promote access to sustainable and equitable transportation options to residents of Tompkins County through a combination of community outreach, marketing strategies and our website, Way2GoInfo.org. Way2Go provides assistance to employers, senior drivers and service providers via specialized trainings and workshops. Way2Go works to promote new and existing services such as TCAT, Ithaca Carshare, CityVan, Zimride Tompkins and vanpooling. For more information, contact Way2Go through our website, e-mail at email@example.com, or call (607) 272-2292.
Contributors to TCLocal are people living in and around Tompkins County who are committed to helping prepare for a future with less available energy, i.e. fewer fossil fuels. Specifically, each Contributor commits to researching and writing at least one article on a subject relating to our local response to energy descent. (We are pointedly interested in Tompkins County, rather than a generic U.S. or regional approach.) The pieces produced are published monthly on the tclocal.org website in a format that enables members of the community to comment on the article and contribute to its revision. TCLocal articles typically receive 1800 hits or more on the web.
Topic areas include transportation, health care, education, water, land use, urban design, building community, local agriculture and local food supply, hunting, aquaculture, local manufacturing, repair, retail trade, energy production, waste disposal, household preparation, social and psychological adjustment, and information infrastructure. Additional topics are welcome.
Contact Jon Bosak, TCLocal Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.