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CCE-Tompkins Launches New Climate Stewards Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) has launched a Climate Stewards program that builds upon the successful models of CCE’s existing Master Gardener and Master Composter volunteer programs.

In each of these models, individuals who volunteer are trained in the details of specific subject matter and, in turn, share their knowledge with the community by leading workshops and discussion groups, sharing materials and information at community events and other creative outreach efforts of their choosing.

Climate Stewards will have the additional opportunity to use what they have learned to help drive change in our local government. Not only will the course explain the fundamental, research-based science of climate change in an accessible way, but trainees will learn how to communicate with community leaders and members about climate change.

Applications are now available for the 2021 class of trainees. Free training for the 2021 Climate Stewards program will be held weekly via Zoom this coming fall.

The 12-week Climate Stewards course will provide training on research-based climate change science, climate impacts, mitigation, adaptation, working with local governments, and effective communication. Trainees will learn what is already taking place in Tompkins County to combat climate change and how they can help our municipalities implement even more changes.

For each of the first 10 weeks, trainees will complete a module with a slide presentation, outside readings and videos, group activities and work toward final action projects. These lessons will provide a foundation on climate science, how communities are adapting and becoming more resilient, and how you can help make a difference.

The last few weeks, trainees will put their newfound skills into action with the completion and presentation of individual or group action projects that will be the first steps in making a difference in our communities.

CCE currently supports projects, such as Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, as well as information campaigns, like those for solar energy and electric cars, that encourage reduced fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

By emulating the tried-and-true models of the Master Composter and Master Gardener volunteer programs, the Climate Stewards volunteer program aims to have a strong impact on reducing Tompkins County’s contributions to climate change and how we as a community will react to a changing environment.

News and Events

Green Affordable Housing Online Teach-In

Partners for Green Affordable Housing & Jobs is holding an online teach-in on green affordable housing on July 1st at 12 pm. Join us to learn about successful green affordable housing initiatives around the state and how to scale up to meet New York's climate goals!

Speakers include:
  • Elizabeth McDade, Rochester Energy Efficiency & Weatherization (RENEW)
  • Guy Kempe, RUPCO
  • Jen Metzger, Former NYS State Senator & NYCP Policy Advisor
  • Zach Fink, ZBF Geothermal

When: Thursday, July 1, 2021, 12:00pm EST
Where: Zoom, registration required

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7SlU1CtyR1-mHluuKXBttw

Let's build back better by prioritizing climate, jobs, and justice!

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, June 25, 2021
9:00 - 11:00 am
Due to the current pandemic, the monthly TCCPI meetings have moved online. Contact Peter Bardaglio, the TCCPI coordinator, for further details at pbardaglio@gmail.com.

If you have any issues you would like to bring to the TCCPI monthly meetings, please e-mail us at info@tccpi.org. General meetings are on the last Friday of every month, except for November and December. Because of the holidays, the November-December meeting is held on the second Friday of December.

The Ithaca 2030 District

Visit the website for TCCPI's latest project, the Ithaca 2030 District, an interdisciplinary public-private collaboration working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in Downtown Ithaca.