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*True Cost Tompkins*
True Cost Tompkins explores the combined housing and transportation cost of
residents in Tompkins County. Case study stories
main strategies used by residents to balance these costs. The True Cost
Tompkins Index Map
a locally calibrated tool for calculating housing affordability with
transportation factored in. The tool and case studies help to inform
community leaders, organizers and decision makers on what it truly costs to
live in Tompkins County. Learn morehere
*Four Cities Convene in Ithaca to Examine Green Building Policy*
In June, representatives from Ithaca, NY, Evanston, IL, Fort Collins, CO
and Burlington, VT convened in Ithaca to examine the subject of green
building policy. The report package contains a summary of the “Peer
Learning Exchange” (PLE) discussions and activities, as well as one‐page
reflections from each participating city. The PLE will inform the Ithaca
Green Building Policy project, a study of green building standards for new
construction and policies that could be used to implement the standards.
Download the report here
*Get Your GreenBack Tompkins Step of the Month: Hunt and Fish*
Fresh, free, and healthy. Stock your freezer with a few venison, eat meat
for a year, and save hundreds of dollars on groceries. Join the Ithaca Area
Hunting & Conservation Group <> to
learn more.
We'll be featuring additional Get Your GreenBack Tompkins
<> steps in this newsletter for the
next year.
*Summer Reading List*
There's still time for summer reading! We're passing on this list of books,
primers, podcasts, and newsletters - all with a sustainability angle -
developed by staff at the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Learn more
here <>.
*Northside Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spot Opens*
Tompkins County’s newest food scraps recycling drop spot will open August 9
and operate every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm in the parking lot at the corner
of Fifth and Hancock Streets on Ithaca’s Northside. Learn more here
*Smart Meter Roll-Out Begins*
NYSEG has begun installing more than 12,400 smart meters in Tompkins
County, as one of the initiatives in its Energy Smart Community project.
Learn morehere
 and here

*Program Series on Climate Resiliency & Impact*
*Part 1 of 4: Thursday, August 10, 7pm, Southworth Library, Dryden*
Southworth Library will host a free four-part reading, viewing and
discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits - Weather and
Climate! The library is one of only 50 public libraries nationwide
receiving the grant to host the series which brings together human interest
videos, scientists and everyday people who are interested in exploring
accessible strategies for adapting to a new climate and building
resiliency. Learn more here <>.
*Open Farm Days*
*Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, 12-4pm, Various Locations*
This free 2-day event allows visitors to experience local agriculture
up-close. Farms across Tompkins County will open their gates to the public
for farm tours, demonstrations, food tastings, and animal interaction for
an afternoon of family-friendly farm fun. Learn more here
*Tomorrow Film Screening*
*Wednesday, August 23, 7pm, Cornell Cinema*
If you weren't one of the nearly 200 people who attended the showing of
Tomorrow <> at Cinemapolis, here's
another chance! A phenomenon in Europe and winner of the Best Documentary
at the Cesar Awards (French Oscars), this is an inspirational film that
explores creative solutions. Learn more here <>.
*Three City Green Drinks*
*Thursday, August 24, 5:30-7:30pm, Bru 64, 64 Main St., Cortland*
Take part in this regional event to network with sustainability focused
individuals from Syracuse, Ithaca, ad Cortland. RSVP by August 14 here
*NY Bicycling Coalition Annual Bike Summit*
*Friday, September 15, 8am-7:30pm, Hearst Media Center, Loudenville,NY *
The inaugural New York State Bike Summit will provide a forum for
advocates, industry, policy makers, planners, engineers, and non-profit
organizations to meet, network, and strategize. Learn morehere
*An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power*
*Now in theaters nationwide*
More than a decade after former U.S. Vice President Al Gore helped get
millions talking about the climate crisis with *An Inconvenient Truth*, he
returns to the big screen with the exciting new film *An Inconvenient
Sequel: Truth to Power*. Learn more 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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