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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 Spencer at (607) 227-7329 or spencer@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 when we reopen our doors early this fall.

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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 will miss our wonderful neighbors at Tompkins County Office for the Aging. We want to thank them and the County for their ongoing support. Our new location will be shared with Finger Lakes ReUse and Sustainable Tompkins. We also want to welcome our new Director, Spencer Woodcock. If you would like to view our exhibits please contact Spencer at (607) 227-7329. Stay tuned for details on our Grand Reopening, scheduled for early fall.

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

© 2013 The Sustainability Center.