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posticon Heatsmart Comes to the Village of Lansing

Around Town | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The focus is on Lansing as HeatSmart continues to hold events to talk about heat pump technology and special incentives available in Lansing because of the NYSEG moratorium on new natural gas capacity.  HeatSmart Lansing Coordinator Lisa Marshall and HeatSmart Tompkins Program Director Jonathan Comstock were in the Village of Lansing Monday to tell the Village Trustees about the program and enlist their help in getting the word out to their constituents.

"There are two areas in New York where there are declared gas moratoriums, and there may be other areas, soon," Marshall said. "To address the gas moratorium New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put together a clean energy action plan to provide relief to businesses and residents affected by the NYSEG gas moratorium.  Part of that action plan is extra money for HeatSmart."

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posticon Interfaith Dinner

Around Town | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By - Print
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posticon Fresh Snack Program Expands to Northeast Elementary

Around Town | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Sherrie Negrea Print
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Students at Northeast Elementary School have an assortment of locally produced fruits and vegetables to snack on during the school day this fall. The Fresh Snack Program, which distributes produce to schools in the Ithaca City School District, began delivering fruits and vegetables to Northeast Elementary for the first time this fall. Northeast is the sixth elementary school in the district participating in the program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

"The mission of the Fresh Snack Program has been to expand into schools with the lowest incomes," said Katie Church, administrator of the Youth Farm Project, which oversee the Fresh Snack Program. "Northeast, because of the sheer number of students, means that we are serving about 180 students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch."

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posticon New Roots Joins Climate Strike

Around Town | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Michael Mazza Print
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September 9, 2019 New Roots celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a community meeting presentation from local leaders of the Sunrise Movement, who are inviting students to join their youth-led climate justice movement with a nation-wide school strike on September 20, 2019, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC.

New Roots Charter School opened on September 9, 2009 inspired by the vision "to empower young people as citizens and entrepreneurs that create just, democratic communities, and thriving green economies that restore the natural world that sustains us." According to founder Tina Nilsen-Hodges, the school's mission and vision aligns with the Sunrise Movement, a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good "green" jobs in the process.

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posticon Sciencenter Executive Director Elected to ASTC Board

Around Town | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Kelly Barclay Print
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Sciencenter Executive Director, Dean Briere has been elected to the Association of Science and Technology Centers' (ASTC) Board of Trustees. Briere's three-year term will begin after his induction during the ASTC Annual Conference, September 21 – 24, in Toronto.

ASTC is a global organization providing professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, planetariums, aquariums, and related institutions. ASTC works to increase awareness of the contributions its members make to their communities and the field of informal STEM learning. The organization represents over 600 members in nearly 50 countries.

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posticon Library Cards Open Up the World

Around Town | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and Senator Pam Helming is encouraging local residents to visit their libraries and learn more about the opportunities they offer. The 54th Senate district is home to 33 libraries.

"From young children reading a book for the first time to high school student completing a class research project, and from adults applying for jobs to senior citizens staying active in their golden years, our local public libraries provide a tremendous variety of services and programs to people of all ages, abilities, and interest levels. Public libraries are truly the centerpieces of our communities, and it is important that they have the ability to upgrade their infrastructure and technology in order to continue serving the public in this capacity," Helming said.

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