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Sustainable Finger Lakes Platform Launched

Sustainable Tompkins went live recently with its new Sustainable Finger Lakes web platform that includes a map of over 700 sustainability-minded organizations in the region. The platform will be a shared resource for activists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to find each other, discover resources in nearby communities, and organize more effectively around issues of community development.

The platform provides a place to share news and upcoming events, send out calls for action on diverse issues, and celebrate contributions to a better future. You can also post your events on our shared Calendar so that it will be easier to coordinate the timing of local events.

Across our region, citizen leaders are helping their communities discover and adopt more sustainable patterns of living and working. Thanks to the vision of these businesses and organizations, the Finger Lakes Region has an emerging landscape of new social and economic structures based on ecological stewardship, justice, and shared responsibility for our future.

It’s been wonderful to witness how many people have engaged around protecting our health, land-based economies, and democratic rights – creating a regional sustainability movement that is large, diverse, and constantly growing. more sustainable.

We all know that it isn’t enough to just oppose the harm and wrongdoing of the current system. We have to be actively building a new system based on principles of sustainable design and participatory democracy. This work needs to take place at the local and regional levels simultaneously because of the interconnectedness of our natural systems and economies. We believe that we need more of a shared identity as a regional sustainability movement, working together to protect the very special landscapes of the Finger Lake.

By coming together across 15 counties, from the Pennsylvania border to the Great Lakes, and from the Conesus to the Otisco Lake watersheds, we can claim a significant number of citizens, business owners, and voters who are united in a vision of a sustainable future for our region..

We hope you will want to get involved and support this shared platform for building our movement! Let’s connect and catalyze for a more resilient and sustainable future!

 - Gay Nicholson, Sustainable Tompkins


Be sure to 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.

News and Events

Communities for the Future: Our Response to the Climate Emergency

Please join us on Friday, 5 pm, March 20th to Sunday, 3 pm, March 22nd to learn to use the newest ecovillage design tools and become an ambassador for a new culture of regeneration.

Ecovillages have spent decades exploring how to unleash creativity and solidarity in response to the climate emergency.

Join this Global Ecovillage Network weekend workshop to:
  • Deepen your knowledge about Ecovillage living locally and around the world
  • Increase your capacity to present Ecovillages as a solution to the world’s most pressing challenges
  • Learn creative ways to teach and facilitate using the Ecovillage Design Cards

DATES: Friday, 5 pm, March 20th – Sunday, 3 pm, March 22nd

LOCATION: EcoVillage at Ithaca, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

COURSE FEE: Sliding scale – $160 normal price; $120 students/low income; $100 LEARN@EcoVillage members, EVI Residents, GEN Ambassadors

MEALS: $80 for 6 healthy organic vegetarian meals and snacks; Fri dinner – Sun lunch

ACCOMMODATION: $50/night single; $75/night double for limited rooms on-site at EcoVillage. You are welcome to stay extra nights both before and after the workshop (please contact us to make separate arrangements for these nights.)

OPTIONAL: Friday, Mar 20th 10:00 am, $50 for three hour tour of EcoVillage at Ithaca, with community lunch, presentations, and conversation about GEN North America and community living across the US.This course is designed as a 9-week intensive,but sessions are also available for individual enrollment.

Register on our website here. For further information, write to learn@ecovillageithaca.org or call (866) 529-4465

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, February 28, 2020
9:00 - 11:00 am
Borg Warner Room
Tompkins County Public Library 101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

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 on the second Friday of December.