Fundraiser for Gas Free Seneca!

Gas Free Seneca Fundraiser: Save the Date to Save Seneca Lake!

Thursday, October 9
Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards’ Oasis

Gas Free Seneca is facing both good news and bad news regarding the fight to keep Texas-based corporation Crestwood from storing LPG and methane on the shores of our beautiful Seneca Lake. While we are making great strides with having support to oppose the project, the need for funds is more urgent than ever. We are in need of auction items, food donations, wine, music…but especially money. Can you help us add to our items to auction? Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Online donations can be made at: or by mail to:
Gas Free Seneca
PO Box 333
Watkins Glen NY 14891

Checks can be made payable to: Sustainable Markets Foundation, with “Gas Free Seneca” in the memo line.?

Ithaca Climate March & Response

Sunday, September 21, 12:45 PMDeWitt Park (north side of park next to the First Presbyterian Church)

DeWitt Park

Ithaca, NY 14850

Join us in Ithaca if you cannot get to NYC! People of many faiths will gather in Ithaca for a musical march & call to action.

We will meet on the north side of DeWitt Park near the First Presbyterian Church for a silent meditation/prayer (12:50-1 pm). We will start our march around the park with a 350 second “sound-off” at 1 pm, coordinated with faith communities around the planet via GreenFaith.

We will then gather in the First Presbyterian Church’s Dodds Hall for refreshments & a discussion of how we, as faith communities and as civic communities, can spur changes to make real differences for our planet and for all its people.

We hope to project live feeds from people in NYC. If you will be in NYC, please upload your pictures & videos to our facebook event page: Ithaca Climate March & Response

September 21 is just the beginning! We will be coordinating with other area groups concerned about our changing climate on the wide range of ACTION STEPS we can take to help turn the fossil fuel economy into an ecological economy.

People’s Climate March

more information about local bus transportation, see below.

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This is an invitation to change everything.

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us


from Citizen Action;

The time is now!

Get on the bus to help us fight fracking and climate change!

Our friends at Sierra Club are offering bus transportation to the People’s Climate March on September 21. The march through the streets of New York City demonstrate support for climate action and opposition to fracking and will coincide with a week of events supporting United Nations Climate Summit. We are expecting hundreds of thousands of people, coming from all across the US!

Click here to reserve your ticket now!

We also have a limited number of scholarship seats for folks who may not be able to afford the bus. Please respond to this email and indicate that you are interested! 

Click here to reserve your ticket now!

Invite friends to the Facebook event!

Disruption – Movie Screening

Sunday, September 7, 6:45 PM The Sustainability Center

111 N. Albany St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Sustainable Tompkins is hosting a free public screening of ‘Disruption’ – the new movie put out by for the climate movement.  We are facing massive climate disruption.  It’s time for us to get disruptive!  Lots of Ithacans will be taking the bus down to NYC for the People’s Climate March on September 21.  We hope you can join us for that, but there are many opportunities to mobilize locally this fall.  We’ll watch the screening together and then talk briefly about what is going on locally on the climate and energy front.

Disruption – Official Trailer from Watch Disruption on Vimeo.

Webinar – Possibilities and Pitfalls of NY Energy Reform

For those interested in the conversation about energy democracy and figuring out our transition to clean energy in an equitable way….

Possibilities and Pitfalls of New York’s Major Energy Utility Reform:
a webinar series to learn more about democratizing our energy choices for a more sustainable future.

September 11, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Register here:

Co-sponsored by Alliance for A Green Economy and Catskill Mountainkeeper

First Installment: 
Reclaiming the Energy Vision Through Energy Democracy
with the Center for Social Inclusion, Global Labor Institute, Citizens for Local Power, and Local Power, Inc 

New York’s policy makers are in the midst of planning sweeping changes to the way our energy utilities are structured and regulated in New York, through a Public Service Commission proceeding called “Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).” Alliance for a Green Economy and Catskill Mountainkeeper invite you to learn about the REV Proceeding, which aims to fundamentally rethink the utility model to focus on distributed energy resources, such as energy efficiency, rooftop solar, demand response, storage and microgrids. The changes envisioned will have a profound impact on the state’s electric utilities, power producers, consumers, clean energy initiatives and climate for decades to come. It is critical that New York’s public interest community — environmentalists, consumer and public health advocates, civic organizations, etc — get involved in this proceeding. 

In this first installment of our series on important issues regarding the REV Proceeding, an expert panel will talk about movements toward Energy Democracy and how New York’s public interest community can push for policies to increase opportunities for Energy Democracy through the REV Proceeding.

Presentations by:

Sean Sweeny is Co-Director, Global Labor Institute, a program of the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) based in New York City. Sean works with the international labor community around economic alternatives, environmental sustainability, and climate protection. In 2007, Sean and the Global Labor Institute team worked with the Steelworkers and other unions to organize the North American Labor Assembly on Climate Crisis, the first major conference on unions and climate change. Sean coordinates Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, a global project that is building support for social ownership of energy, including renewable power.

Anthony Giancatarino and Eric Walker are with the Center for Social Inclusion, which works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. They develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive no matter our race or ethnicity.Anthony works in partnership with local grassroots communities to support racially equitable policy development and strategies at the local level that can also help shape and influence national policy change. Eric has nearly a decade of experience working at the intersection of community organizing, neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, and economic justice. He is a co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) in Buffalo, NY, and is currently the inaugural Racial Equity Fellow for the Center for Social Inclusion’s Energy Democracy project. At the center, he uses his advocacy and policy experience to identify
ways to open energy policymaking tables to the voices of communities of color and low-income communities across New York State.

Jessica Barry and Paul Fenn are working to bring Community Choice Aggregation and local control over the energy supply to New York. Jessica is a co-founder of Citizens for Local Power, which empowers communities in New York’s mid-Hudson region to transition to a resilient, clean energy economy. Citizens for Local Power helped introduce a state-wide Community Choice Aggregation bill in the New York State Legislature last year. CLP is working to create a Municipal Energy Consortium of 12-20 municipalities to facilitate local clean energy projects, create inter-municipal buyers’ groups for clean energy products and services; and give voice to local communities in PSC proceedings. Paul is founder and president of Local Power Inc, which works on a national level to help communities implement Community Choice Aggregation to democratize and green their energy supply. Paul drafted the nation’s first Community Choice Aggregation bill for Massachusetts in 1993, and went on to draft or help draft similar laws in Ohio, California and other states over the following decade. Fenn also drafted the nation’s first municipal revenue bond authority to finance installations of renewables and efficiency measures in 2001, and used it to grow CCA into a new business model focused on demand reduction and localization.

Register here:

Book Talk “The Real Cost of Fracking”

9780807084939Join authors Michelle Bamberger & Robert Oswald for a discussion about their new book “The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our families, Pets and Food”, at Buffalo Street Books on Tuesday Aug. 26 at 6 pm. We hope you can join the conversation.

Buffalo Street Books

215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850




A primer on unconventional fossil fuel extraction, with convincing evidence as to its deleterious nature, from veterinarian Bamberger and Oswald (Molecular Medicine/Cornell Univ.).

Two significant questions loom over this study: “[W]hat degree of risk and environmental degradation are acceptable to obtain [fossil fuel] energy? Who should be asked to sacrifice, and who should profit?” At issue here is the contested practice of fracking, the hydraulic shattering of shale to extract trapped energy through the administration of chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic and have mutation and endocrine disruptor issues. The authors are not only lucid writers on scientific topics—the appendix on gas drilling should be required reading on the subject—but also warm storytellers, despite the contentious subject matter. They believe the burden of proof should not rest on the victim but on the company wishing to deploy fracking. Since that is not the case, they took to the field to document instances of what appear to be serious air, water and soil pollution caused by the fracking process. The stories of people who have experienced what they believe will be fracking’s poisonous legacy are poignant, as they often involve animals and children, often the proverbial canaries in the coal mine: “Because of their higher metabolic rates and immature neurological and detoxifying systems, children are at higher risk of developing adverse health effects from environmental hazards, including those from nearby industrial operations.” However, the trail between fracking’s spoils and health issues is often thwarted by the absence of testing evidence, which most owners do not conduct prior to drilling, typically due to its high cost. Still, the authors “believe that the sudden deaths of farm animals following exposure to hydraulic fracturing fluid provides a clear link between gas drilling operations and health impacts.”

In this cool, disarming and persuasive indictment of fracking’s widespread negative consequences, the authors provide an important addition to an ongoing debate.

Rally Outside Cuomo’s Appearance at the NYS Fair!

Rally Outside Cuomo’s Appearance at the NYS Fair!
Thursday, August 21, 11am-3pm

No Fracking! Yes Renewable Energy!

Protect NY Farms, Agriculture and Tourism

The campaign to ban fracking is kicking into even higher gear! Governor Cuomo is ramping up his events and appearances across the state this summer. We’ve rallied outside of his many appearances all across the state, and the NYS Fair is one of the most important opportunities we have. Every year, Governor Cuomo attends the first day of the great New York State Fair – as the day is coined, “Governors Day” – and every year we rally outside his appearance to make our voices heard. Let’s make this year’s rally even bigger! We are calling on hundreds of people from all corners of upstate NY to join us this year.

The Fair is a prime opportunity to send a message to Governor Cuomo that the movement calling for a statewide ban on fracking is strong and growing. The New York Fair is also an opportunity to talk about protecting farming, agriculture, wineries, breweries and tourism – the fabric of New York’s economy.

Join us on Thursday, August 21st from 11am to 3pm outside the NY State Fair Main entrance to rally with hundreds of New Yorkers against fracking from across the state. We’ll stand together to say no to fracking and yes to a renewable energy economy that protects our most vital resources, public health and agriculture.

What: Rally to Ban Fracking and Protect NY Farms, Agriculture and Tourism with a swift transition to Renewable Energy- Outside Governor Cuomo’s Appearance on “Governor’s Day” at The Great New York State Fair!

When: Thursday, August 21st 11AM- 3PM, Press Conference and Speakers/Performers at 12:30

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, Main Gate, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13209

Sign up here: or below for specific buses and regions.

Co-sponsored by New Yorkers Against Fracking, Frack Action, Food & Water Watch, Catskill Mountainkeeper, NOFA NY, NYPIRG, Alliance for a Green Economy, Citizen Action NY, R-CAUSE, WNY Drilling Defense, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Shaleshock CNY, the Syracuse Peace Council and more to be announced