Embrace Sustainability

The Sustainability Center is a first-of-its-kind gallery and meeting place located in downtown Ithaca, featuring Tompkins County’s nationally renowned sustainability initiatives. Through its community-inspired gallery, notable events and creative internship program, the Center seeks to engage and celebrate the contributions of all segments of our diverse community.

“Changemaker” Poster Series Unveiled
The Sustainability Center is thrilled to unveil a new poster series, “Changemakers”, that spotlights local people for their daily efforts to create a sustainable community, one practice at a time. Read more . . .

If you’ve ever tried to navigate the spectacular sea of sustainability-focused businesses, non-profits and events in our area, perhaps you’ve been inspired, but a little overwhelmed. The Sustainability Center can help!

Get Involved: Promote Your Organization or Business
Read more . . .

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Each day 50 to 100 species of animals and plants are driven extinct by human influences.

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Visit the Center

The Sustainability Center’s gallery spotlights and celebrates sustainability efforts across Tompkins County. Visit the gallery to be inspired by the real-world benefits of our innovative community members.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursdays 2-6pm and by appointment

Interested in a group tour? Call Jackie at 607-227-7329

What's in the Sustainability Gallery?

  • Exhibits addressing transitions in: Energy, Waste, and Transportation. Our Local Foods exhibit will be unveiled later this fall.


  • Poster Displays representing sustainability efforts in the non-profit, for-profit, government and educational institution sectors.


  • Bookshelf Exhibit showcasing the work of local authors, publishers and producers.


  • Videos demonstrating the wide range of sustainability efforts in our community.


  • Photography Slideshow portraying the natural areas of our region and capturing sustainability in action.


  • Computer Kiosks for visitors to explore and get connected with sustainability resources across Tompkins County.


A leaky faucet dropping just one drop per second wastes 2,400 gallons of water a year.

Events

The Center will host events spotlighting local people leading sustainability efforts in our businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and neighborhoods.

Events will include:

Upcoming Events:

Green Jobs Panel Thursday, April 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

The Sustainability Center and Green Resource Hub are partnering to host a Green Jobs Panel, featuring local leaders who are actively aiming toward a triple bottom line in their businesses / organizations, and frontline workers who will shed light on their experiences working in local green jobs.

Who should attend: general public, business owners, jobseekers

The panel will be moderated by Gladys Brangman, Green Resource Hub

Expect to learn:

• What skills, education and experience lead to green jobs

• What positions exist locally and how to find one

• What green jobs are growing and when they’ll be available

•What a triple bottom line is and why it’s important


Panelists:

Diane Cohen, Executive Director, Finger Lakes ReUse

Lexie Hain, Co-Owner and Carrie Foster, Field Manager, Motherplants

Joe Sliker President and Amanda Postma, Project Designer / Salesperson, Renovus Energy

Gary Bush, Director of Engineering, Weaver Wind Energy

Mary Kate Wheeler, Installer / Supervisor, Snug Planet

Dee Gamble, Senior Energy Program Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension and, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Taitem Engineering

The People's Salon: Conversations that Matter to Your Future Thursday, April 17th, 7pm

Sustainable Tompkins presents:
The Climate, The Market, and The Commons

Thursdays at 7:00 pm

April 17: Why are we stuck in climate denial?

May 8: Can business and technology save us?

June 5: Will government intervene?

June 19: Is it up to the citizenry?

Every day, the planet reports in with another example of a climate in disarray. Predictions of near and long-term damage to our economy, our health, and basic life necessities are growing louder and more alarming. Yet, we seem strangely paralyzed in responding appropriately to the threat.

We need to talk. We need to develop a better understanding of why we are so slow to respond, how the structure of our economy both creates the problem and offers solutions, and what (exactly) are we, The People, going to do about protecting our shared future.

The conversation salons will begin with brief sketches by thoughtful citizens of some of the main perspectives on each topic before we open up the discussion to all salon attendees. Come prepared to listen, to be challenged, and to make your voice heard. Watch for our column in Tompkins Weekly and on our website for a briefing on each salon’s topic.

For more information, email gay@sustainabletompkins.org.

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Every ton of recycled paper saves almost 400 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill, and seventeen trees.

Hosting an Intern

Have a creative idea for making our world a better place and need some help making it happen? Check out the Sustainability Internship Program!

Student Internship Program

Does your organization need help tackling a project?
Want to develop key employment skills while helping our community?

The Sustainability Center links students from nearby colleges with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and green businesses to complete sustainability projects here in Tompkins County. The internships provide mutually beneficial experiences: students develop key employment skills and immerse themselves in the community, while organizations grow from the assistance and time of innovative students.

STUDENTS – visit our Student Internship page for opportunities and application information.

Student Internship Program

Does your organization need help tackling a project?
Want to develop key employment skills while helping our community?

The Sustainability Center links students from nearby colleges with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and green businesses to complete sustainability projects here in Tompkins County. The internships provide mutually beneficial experiences: students develop key employment skills and immerse themselves in the community, while organizations grow from the assistance and time of innovative students.

STUDENTS – visit our Student Internship page for opportunities and application information.

Hosting an Intern

Have a creative idea for making our world a better place and need some help making it happen? Check out the Sustainability Internship Program!

The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television set for three hours.

Meet the Advisory Board

Marian Brown, Secretary
Treasurer, Sustainable Tompkins

Phyllisa DeSarno, President
Deputy Director for Economic Development, City of Ithaca

Gary Ferguson
Executive Director, Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Dee Gamble
NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, CCE Tompkins

Nick Goldsmith
Sustainability Planner, Towns of Ithaca and Dryden

Ed Marx, Vice President
Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability, Tompkins County

Fred Schoeps
Grassroots Organizer, Community Volunteer

Gary Stewart
Director of Community Relations, Cornell University

In Shik Lee
Former SUNY GREENS NY Program Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Sustainability Council, Tompkins Cortland Community College

Mikale Pilgrim
Director, Hurlburt Residential College for Environmental Education and Awareness (Ecology House), Cornell University

Contact Us

The Sustainability Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action and open to the public. If you have questions please contact Jackie Mouillesseaux-Grube, Director.

© 2013 The Sustainability Center.