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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
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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.

The gallery is currently closed for our move. If you would like to set up a time to view our exhibits, please contact us at info@sustainabilityctr.org.

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.

Stay tuned for our re-opening FALL 2015.

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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.

Contact Us

The Sustainability Center will be moving to 214 Old Elmira Rd. We want to thank Tompkins County Office for the Aging and the County for their ongoing support. We are co-locating with the Ithaca ReUse Center at their new expansion site close to downtown. Stay tuned for details on our Grand Reopening, scheduled for Spring 2015. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@sustainabilityctr.org.

Meet the Advisory Board

Nick Goldsmith, Chair
Sustainability Planner, Towns of Ithaca and Dryden

Phyllisa DeSarno, Co-Chair
Deputy Director for Economic Development, City of Ithaca

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

Fred Schoeps, Treasurer
Grassroots Organizer, Community Volunteer

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

© 2015 The Sustainability Center.