@ the Crossroads Conversations ~ END OF LIFE Issues and SUSTAINABILITY! –DATE TBA, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join in the conversation in your community about the intersection of sustainability and END OF LIFE issues ! Whether you are thinking about your own end of life or parents or loved ones, discussing current views and alternatives can help alleviate stress. Topics can include natural burials, disposition of possessions, physical, financial, and emotional, staying in place and alternative aid solutions. Join us in the conversation and discuss sustainable actions.
Food & Drinks will be available for a small donation! more to come!
Contact us and we can update as we set the date!
@ the Crossroads Conversations ~ ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY! –DATE TBA, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join in the conversation in your community about the intersection of sustainability and current ENERGY Programs in Tompkins County!
Brown Bag Conversation
IAN SHAPIRO of TAITEM Engineering has a new book out!
Conversation with local author ~ SEPT 30 2016, Friday at NOON!
Bring your lunch, Refreshments provided !
Eliminating Energy Use: Easier Than You Think?
Could deep energy savings in buildings be easier to achieve than we think? Drawing from his recently released book, Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings, Ian Shapiro will take us through real-world examples of deep energy savings, including projects that have reached net-zero energy, and the improvements that were required to get there.
Shapiro will review common mistakes, cases where energy savings are frequently overestimated or underestimated, and ways to improve energy audits. He will demonstrate the importance of creative thinking as a tool in the process of translating energy audits into real improvements.
Join us as we delve deeper into this comprehensive guide and discuss best practices that energy managers, energy auditors and other energy professionals can use to transform our buildings, while eliminating energy use and slashing carbon emissions.
Ian is the founder of Taitem Engineering, where he currently delivers training and does research into energy conservation.
BOOKS & SIGNING to follow!
@ the Crossroads Conversations ~ what is the intersection of FOOD WASTE Systems and SUSTAINABILITY! – SEPT 27, 2016, Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm
SEPT is HUNGER ACTION MONTH!
Join in the conversation with groups in our community about the intersection of sustainability and food waste systems! How do we perceive food waste?
Food & Drinks will be available for a small donation!
STREETS ALIVE ~ Bike, jump rope, walk, stroll, dance, wiggle your way down to visit our site and will be rewarded with some ICE S*CREAM !!
SEPT 25, 1-5 pm... or until it runs out!
A follow up to our ARTS and Sustainability conversation, we are co-hosting with Sustainable Tompkins, the Brooklyn-based artist James Leonard on the Ithaca Commons this Thursday, August 18, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. James will be in The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies offering free, private “readings” on climate change. Everyone is invited. Readings last approximately 15 minutes each and are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Divination has been used by cultures throughout the world to help people navigate difficult futures. James has adapted Tarot cards to help others process what he calls “overwhelming climate anxiety.” This summer he’s traveling the country, making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent.
From the outside, the tent looks like a cross between a post-apocalyptic wigwam and a children’s blanket fort. The rainbow interior is made out of brightly colored recycled clothing. It required over 500 hours of hand sewing to complete. Detailed tea-colored ink paintings of different plant and animal species—each reportedly affected by climate change are pinned to the outside.
Leonard explains, “A lot of thought has gone into The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”
Link to more info
HeatSmart Resident Discussion
– Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm
Solar Tompkins will host a Resident Discussion Session at the Sustainability Center in the Ithaca ReUse Building on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to highlight select projects completed as part of the HeatSmart Tompkins program. These conversations will give county residents interested in home heating and cooling via heat pump systems a chance to hear and dialog about air- v. ground-source geothermal system operation, project financing, and the resident/installer business relationship. Several of these sessions are scheduled for spring and summer 2016. Click to HeatSmart's upcoming events page for more detail.
@ the Crossroads Conversations~Art, Entertainment, and SUSTAINABILITY! –Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join in the conversation with artists, entertainers, and community about the intersection of sustainability and culture! How can we affect change creatively? Scientists can't have all the fun!
Food & Drinks will be available for a small donation! See poster for more!
Our GRAND RE-OPENING! of the SUSTAINABILITY CENTER !
– Thursday, June 9, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm
Join us to celebrate our official grand RE-opening! At 5pm Fall Creek Brass Band lead a parade from Center Ithaca on the Commons and will play tunes, Bici Cocina will provide food and Bandwagon Brewery will provide beer tastings! Check out our poster for more!
Way2Go's Bike to Work Day
- Friday, May 20, 2016, 6:30 am
We will be hosting a breakfast station at the Sustainability Center!
Stop by on your way to work and grab breakfast and beverages!
The Center hosts events promoting leading sustainability efforts in Tompkins County. Check out our Calendar to see what else is going on at the Center.
To sign up for an event, or to recommend one, follow the links below or Contact Us.