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Get Your GreenBack?

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins is a community-initiated and community-supported campaign that works collaboratively to help people and organizations take key steps in the areas of food, transportation, waste and building energy that simultaneously reduce our community’s carbon emissions, save money and create a socially just local economy.

In 2014, we registered over 42,000 energy- and money-saving steps that community members had taken (see here for an archive of our first website where these steps were tracked). Since then we've been focused on helping more and more people take high-impact steps by offering personalized energy advising, and promoting collaborative solutions with local businesses, non-profits, and active and caring residents.

Who is behind gygb?

The campaign is coordinated by Karim Beers, supported by a group of indispensable interns--AJ Canfield (graphic and web design), Leah Balkin (communications & CSO liaison), Dave Janeczek (communications), Hari Karne (research), and Hollis Malkowski (online forums and marketing)--and guided by a stellar Steering Committee:

  • Jim Armstrong, Founder/Creative Director, Good for Business
  • Peter Bardaglio, Coordinator, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI); president of Black Oak Wind Farm
  • Ron Booker, professor of Neurobiology at Cornell University
  • Kirby Edmonds, Senior Fellow, Dorothy Cotton Institute; Leader, Building Bridges Initiative
  • Frank Howe, Energy Services Director, Tompkins Community Action
  • Kenneth Schlather, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
  • Irene Weiser, Town Board of Caroline
  • Sarah Brylinsky, Sustainability Communications & Integrations Manager, Cornell University Office of Sustainability

The campaign over the years has counted on the support of over 1000 volunteers, and close to 100 businesses and organizations. It is supported financially by the Park Foundation, CCE-Tompkins, and the contributions of Coalition Members.


Donate

Please help sustain our work by donating today.

Why Four Areas?

Transportation, food, energy, and waste are the four biggest areas of our carbon footprint. 

Average American carbon footprint is 21 tons. Source: UCS, 2012

Average American carbon footprint is 21 tons. Source: UCS, 2012

GYGB has looked at the most important things we can do in each area that helps us reduce our environmental impact, and save money at the same time. 


Energy & Equity Go Hand-in-Hand

Social and economic injustice and extreme climate disruption are outcomes of the same inequitable and wasteful economic system, which treats people, especially people of color and those with limited material resources, and our living environment, as disposable. When advocates for environmental protection and champions for the elimination of poverty and racism work together to change the system that is trashing poor people and the planet, we will be able to create a strong, community-oriented local economy that works for all.

Read a working paper on this topic by Anne Rhodes, Elan Shapiro, Gay Nicholson, and Karim Beers, members of the Energy-Equity Collective Impact Working Group of the Building Bridges Initiative


Contact

Write Karim Beers, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins coordinator, at info@getyourgreenbacktompkins.org.


Newsletter

We have a fun, informative monthly e-newsletter that is produced by our interns. Check out an archive with some highlighted issues. Or sign up here and join the other almost 1,300 people who enjoy the monthly stories, community announcements, and tips to save energy and money.