MARCH 2017 ITHACA SUSTAINABILITY NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2017 ITHACA SUSTAINABILITY NEWSLETTER
NEWS
Go Solar Tompkins Launches
Go Solar Tompkins officially launched March 2 and will run through May. Following up on the hugely successful Solar Tompkins program, Go Solar is bringing a similar concept of a group‐purchase program, partnering with trusted installers, and holding community events where residents can learn all about solar. Learn more here.
Employment Opportunities
The Town of Ithaca Planning Department is hiring a Planning and Sustainability Intern for full-time summer employment. The position will involve assisting the Planning staff, including the Sustainability Planner, in a variety of projects. Learn more here.

Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management is hiring for multiple positions. Several Outreach Assistants are sought to help promote recycling programs at community events. This part-time position runs April through November. To apply, send a statement of interest and resume to Geoff Dunn.

Back-up Drop Spot Attendants for the food scraps recycling program will staff drop spots on an as-scheduled basis, at various sites over the weekend, when coverage is needed. For more information, contact Nancy Webster.

What Do You Think of Our Parks?
Do you like to visit Ithaca’s parks? Do you have an idea about how to make them better places to visit and play in? Let us know! Take a few minutes to fill out an online survey about the parks and recreation facilities in Ithaca. Your ideas will help create a Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles is Back
Doors at RIBs (Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles) have reopened on the northeast corner of Buffalo Street and Meadow Street (Route 13).  Drop by to fix your bike, learn to repair bikes, get parts, donate bikes or volunteer.  RIBs, a program of the Southside Community Center, is also having a Grand Re-Opening on April 7th at 6pm. Learn more here.
Garden Plots Available
The Town of Ithaca’s West Hill Community Garden is looking for people interested in gardening and working with the Town’s Parks Department to manage and maintain our 80-plot community garden for people who enjoy growing their own food. Annual fees are $20 with need-based assistance available. Interested in joining our community? Applications are available here; the deadline is May 15th. For additional information, email or call 273-1721 x2.
SAVE THE DATE for The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System
EVENTS
HeatSmart II Community Meetings
Through May 2017, throughout Tompkins County
Are you looking for ways to make your home more comfortable while shrinking its carbon footprint? Come learn how at a HeatSmart community meeting. HeatSmart helps homeowners curb their homes’ energy appetites through air sealing, insulation, and high-efficiency heat pumps. At the meetings, learn about the technology, get your questions answered, and meet the program’s vetted installers. Click here for the event schedule and more information.
Show your love with a Heat Smart II yard sign! Available for free at the Clerk’s Offices at City Hall and Town of Ithaca Hall.
Go Solar Community Events
Through May 2017, throughout Tompkins County
Attend one of the six community events across the County to have your questions answered about financing, incentives, how the technology works, battery back‐up, and more – and to meet the pre-vetted installers. Learn more here.
The New Jim Crow Community Book Read Events
BJM Gym, 302 West Buffalo Street
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, is the definitive academic/legal account of the contemporary system of mass incarceration, which is, in Alexander’s words, a “stunningly comprehensive and well disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.”

Dismantling the Master’s House
Monday, March 13, 5:30-7pm, BJM

Hosted by Black Lives Matter Ithaca. Corresponds with the sixth and final chapter of The New Jim Crow.

What’s Next? Taking Action to End the New Jim Crow
Monday April 17, 5:30-7pm, BJM

A community conversation to discuss and initiate next steps for addressing mass incarceration locally.

Infrastructure Planning for People
Monday, March 20, 7‐8pm, Tompkins County Public Library
Veronica Davis, a Cornell graduate who has been recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator, will return to Ithaca to discuss her work with NSpireGreen in the greater Washington DC area. Topics include safe corridors for bicycling and walking, active transportation for fitness, and including underrepresented communities in planning activities. Learn more here.
Deep Sea Fishing: A Mirror to a Fragile Ecosystem
Sunday, March 26, 1-3pm, Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd.
In connection with the current temporary exhibition, Into the Depths: Marine Painting by Stanley Meltzoff, two guest speakers will discuss topics related to oceans and the deep sea, including deep sea fishing, climate change, and conservation. Guest speakers are Michael Rivkin (Game Fish Author) and Dr. Bruce Monger (Cornell EAS Professor, Oceanographer). Learn more here.
Undoing Racism Workshop
April 6-8, Location TBA, Ithaca
A signature workshop facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. $350 per person, $175 for small non-profit organization staff and high school students. Learn more and register here.
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About Ithaca Sustainability

The Ithaca Sustainability initiative is a collaboration between the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca. Both municipalities have a fundamental commitment to protect and enhance economic, community, and environmental resources. Currently, they are focusing primarily on environmental sustainability, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within government operations and community-wide.
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