Ithaca's hills and cold, rainy weather are the reason commonly invoked to explain why more people don't use bicycles for transportation. But if the weather isn't improving and the hills aren't going anywhere, why has Tompkins County seen the number of people riding bikes increase significantly in the last decade?Read More
Judy Swann’s love of biking developed during her childhood and college years in Iowa. Now, she relies exclusively on active transportation — walking and biking — to get around Ithaca. The only difference, she said, are Ithaca’s hills, which a small motor on her bike helps her tackle.Read More
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers. CSA members join a farm early in the season by purchasing a share of that farm’s products in advance. In return, members get a weekly share of fresh fruit or produce from the farm, which they can pick up on the farm or at other locations in the community.Read More
A net-zero — or zero carbon — home is a residence which is powered and heated entirely by renewable energy. Since all of the energy comes from renewable sources, often from solar power, the home generates no carbon pollution. These homes are also highly energy efficient. There are more and more homes in Tompkins County that are going net-zero — maybe even one of your neighbors!Read More
Sharon Guardiola did not expect that a phone call inquiring about LED light bulbs would lead to three days of free insulation work on her home, increased home comfort, and lower heating bills. Energy Navigators like Martha Fischer can help facilitate that process.Read More
(This article was written by EV Tompkins staff.)
Plug-in electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent across the U.S—have you noticed these vehicles around town? How about the charging stations that continue to be installed across Tompkins County? The county has become a welcoming community for electric vehicles (EVs) by providing charging, service, and support to local and visiting drivers. With the availability of various models and incentives, everyone in the market to acquire a vehicle should consider driving electric.Read More
Denise Katzman, a current Energy Navigator, said she finds the program to be an excellent learning opportunity for both community members and navigators themselves.Read More
In New York State, heating is by far the biggest energy expense. It costs the average family between $800 and $2000 per year depending on heating fuel and other factors. There are actions you can take to cut these costs. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use and bills.Read More
Anne Rhodes from the CCE-Tompkins Energy Team shares tips on how to heat smart and stay warm and cozy this winter, and why we should all care!Read More
“Clothing can tell a story and that is something we often forget in the whirlwind of consumerism,” says Meghan Hayden, Executive Director of Cornell Thrift, when asked about the unexpected things that she learned through reuse, “There are so many ways to reuse used goods.”
What first comes to mind when you think of reuse stores? I know I think of cute clothes found at thrift stores and cool trinkets in the antique section. But there are actually so much more to reuse stores than a sustainable place to buy interesting items. Here are five things that you might not know about reuse stores in Tompkins County.Read More
Can an all-electric vehicle work in Tompkins County? How long can you travel? Are they that much better for the environment? Aren’t they expensive? Can they save you money? If you’re thinking of going all-out on an all-electric vehicle, read on to learn the answers to these questions and more.Read More
Switching from a conventional car to all-electric vehicles wasn’t easy for either Ithaca resident Alison Klafehn, or Brooktondale resident Veronique Domaratsky. They each had concerns that gave them pause in their purchase. Do they regret the decision? Here we share their stories.Read More
It was the search for savings that led John and Laurie Morse to solar. They looked into installing solar for their business, then on the roof of their home, but neither worked for them. They finally found a solution a year ago with a subscription solar program, which is providing solar power for their home—at a discount. Here’s their story.Read More
It’s that time of year again—the days are long and hot, and the sun’s rays hit everything. How can this help you get your green back? Solar! While it used to be that if you didn’t have a good spot on your property and enough money in the back account you were out of luck, but now even renters can go solar with several community solar options—including a subscription model that requires no up-front costs whatsoever. There is even a brand-new New York State program for low-income residents that provides a subscription to solar energy for free.
Read on to see which of the three ways to go solar may be right for you.Read More
Here at Get Your Green Back Tompkins, we are all about steps. Here are four steps to grow a fruitful garden. Since the summer is upon us, there are some plants that won’t have enough time to grow before harvesting in the fall, but there are still many other options available. Read on to see how easy it can be to grow your green thumb!Read More
Magnolia Ariza-Nieto and Pat Frazier, two gardeners at the Cayuga Meadows Senior Apartments’ Community garden, are just in their first season of growing food, but they have already found a number of benefits. Pat says that when gardening, “the stress goes away”, and “food tastes better if it comes from the garden”.
Magnolia adds: “[Gardening] keeps you excited about coming outside”.Read More
Ithaca’s new bike share program has launched, meaning that there are now over 200 bikes available to the public for rent. Bike Walk Tompkins and the City of Ithaca worked with LimeBike, a for-profit tech mobility company, to bring the dockless bike system to town.
But how does this work? What are the rules of dockless bikes?Read More