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*WELCOME TO THE AUGUST 2017 ITHACA SUSTAINABILITY NEWSLETTER* *NEWS* *True Cost Tompkins* True Cost Tompkins explores the combined housing and transportation cost of residents in Tompkins County. Case study stories <https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/25015/True_Cost_Case_Studies_2017.pdf?1502220989> highlight main strategies used by residents to balance these costs. The True Cost Tompkins Index Map <http://assets.cce.cornell.edu.s3.amazonaws.com/true-cost-tompkins/index.html> is 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 <http://ccetompkins.org/community/way2go/true-cost-tompkins>. *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 <https://docs.google.com/a/town.ithaca.ny.us/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=dG93bi5pdGhhY2EubnkudXN8cHJvdG90eXBlfGd4OjE5MDhkNDFlMjI2MjQyNzY> . <http://www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/> *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 <https://www.meetup.com/Ithaca-hunting/> to learn more. We'll be featuring additional Get Your GreenBack Tompkins <http://www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/> 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 <http://mailchi.mp/iscvt/us-program-news-2899357>. *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 <https://recycletompkins.org/data/719_Hancock_Street_Drop_Spot_Opens.pdf>. *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 <http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/2017/07/20/smart-meter-signals-new-era-utility-customers/495722001/> and here <http://www.twcnews.com/nys/central-ny/news/2017/07/20/nyseg-installs-first--smart-meters--in-tompkins-county.html> . *EVENTS* *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 <http://southworthlibrary.org/>. *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 <http://ccetompkins.org/agriculture/ag-events/open-farm-days>. *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 <https://www.tomorrow-documentary.com/> 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 <http://cinema.cornell.edu/>. *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 <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/three-city-green-drinks-networking-event-tickets-35932324550> . *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 <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-bicycling-coalition-annual-bike-summit-tickets-35376611397> . <https://youtu.be/huX1bmfdkyA> *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*. 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Currently, they are focusing primarily on environmental sustainability, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within government operations and community-wide.* For more information about sustainability in the Tompkins County area, please visit: http://www.sustainabletompkins.org/ If you have questions about this list please contact the list manager, Tom Shelley, at t...@cornell.edu.