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Credit to Tim Ashmore in The Ithaca Journal:

ITHACA — Six Tompkins County institutions and agencies have banded together to create New York’s first “green” consortium to help negotiate pricing for environmentally friendly products. Cornell, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services make up the Finger Lakes Environmentally Preferred Procurement Consortium.

“Ithaca is often touted as one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the country,” said Jean McPheeters, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said. “The formation of this consortium demonstrates the commitment of our area business community to work together with our educational partners to advance regional sustainability.”

County Finance Director David Squires said there was a common interest within the county to invest more in environmentally friendly products, and the Tompkins County Division of Solid Waste took the lead and quickly found that Cornell University and Ithaca College had a similar focus.

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Credited to Aaron Munzer from the Ithaca Journal:

ITHACA — It’s an unavoidable fact of life that old furnaces in old farmhouses will eventually need replacing. But when Ulysses town board member Lucia Tyler’s tired furnace is finally put to rest, she won’t just be replacing it: she’s hoping to turn it into an opportunity to purchase a renewable geothermal heat pump system. 

“We’ll have to replace our furnace, so we thought, why not also look to the future?” she said.

On Saturday, Tyler and about 200 other residents attended the Community Forum on Energy at Ithaca College, where business people, pioneering homeowners and experts met to discuss and explain the specifics of environmental retrofitting, including solar, wind, bio-fuel, geothermal, hydro and combined heat and power technologies.The Tompkins Renewable Energy Education Alliance put on the event to present available technologies along with insights and specifics for installing these systems. In addition, 20 local businesses that specialize in efficiency installation and retrofitting were there to answer questions and offer their services.

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Adopted from the Cornell Daily Sun:

30 students from Cornell and 50 students from Ithaca College traveled to Washington D.C. last weekend for Power Shift, the first-ever national youth summit on the climate crisis run entirely for and by young people.

“What brought me to D.C. was the same reason that brought so many others — the recognition that this is the fight our generation has inherited, an understanding of the timeline that we have to act on, a feeling that enough is not happening and will not happen unless we act — and a feeling of hope and awe at the power students have when they organize,” said Katherine McEachern ’09, president of KyotoNOW!

KyotoNOW! and the Sustainability Hub worked together to organize the trip by raising funds and securing travel plans for the students participating in the summit. Power Shift was organized by the Energy Action Coalition, a national group consisting of over 50 leading youth environmental and social justice organizations working to leverage their collective power and strengthen the clean energy movement in North America.

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From TheIthacanOnline, Oct. 25th

PowerShift Ithaca College Participants

Thousands of students, including 31 from Ithaca College, will rally on the steps of Capitol Hill next week to demand positive action for climate control at the Power Shift 2007 conference.The youth summit, sponsored by the Energy Action Coalition, will be held from Nov. 2 to 5 at the University of Maryland College Park campus. An estimated 5,000 students from all 50 states and Canada are expected to attend.

Junior Sarah Brylinsky, a double major in communication management and design (CMD) and environmental studies, said she plans to attend the conference to make a difference.

“It’s going to be the movement of our generation,” she said. (more…)

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This was an article I wrote for the Sustainability Series running in Tompkins Weekly; this ran in the March 26, 2007 issue. MMB

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Educating for Sustainable Development

Evidence abounds that traditional ways of thinking and acting have raised the looming specter of disasters of planetary proportion. Natural habitats are degraded or destroyed, civil war and social conflict rampant, poverty rife. Despite these dire indicators, sustainability offers a glimmer of hope. There is growing understanding that we are – or we should be – deeply interconnected with one another and our environment. This shift in consciousness has led to the emergence of the sustainability movement.

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Once again, someone reached out and asked a question that engaged my “start philosophical wax” cycle button. MMB

Question: How did this [campus sustainability] movement evolve [at Ithaca College]: was it, to your knowledge, student driven, staff driven? Has it turned over in almost an Al Gore minute? (I know for me, Al has played a big role in my personal sea change).

My reply: It’s an interesting question. And actually, there are several interesting questions imbedded within this one. Sorry in advance, but you’ve hit one of my “engage philosophical stream” buttons. Here goes:

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Someone reached out to me this summer with an intriguing question, triggering a lengthy reply that I thought might prove instructive for others. Marian

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Question: I’m researching for an article [in which we will] detail some ways that our readers can use their clout as alumni to promote sustainability and social justice improvements on their old campuses. The framing question is, rather than simply writing a check and mailing it in at the end of the year, how can an alum shift that donation, or make it conditional, or direct it more specifically to support “green” (environmental and social justice) improvements at those institutions?

My reply: At Ithaca College, we’re in the midst of the waning months of our $115M capital campaign, so of course, we have reached out aggressively to all alumni to “give back” to the College.

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