Sunday, 06 December 2009 16:16By Jaime Hazard,
Tompkins Community Action
Are you noticing drafts in your home? Wondering whether your heating system is safe or efficient? Are you looking for ways to save on your energy costs? With winter coming on fast, Tompkins Community Action wants to help keep your home warm. Every day, TCAction hears from homeowners, landlords and renters looking for information about our energy efficiency programs. With so many energy efficiency loans, rebates, grants and tax incentives available, it can be hard to figure out what you really need, what you are eligible for, or even where to begin.
But now is a great time to make energy efficiency improvements on your home. There are more funding options now than ever before and they are available to people of all income levels and living situations. For example:
Sunday, 01 November 2009 17:38
By Joe Romano,
Our choices at all levels — individual, community, corporate and government — affect nature. And they affect us.
— David Suzuki
Chances are good that you don’t recognize the name Ts’ai-Lun, yet without his contribution to daily life you probably wouldn’t be able to read this issue of GreenLeaf. In The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, a 1978 book by Michael H. Hart, Ts’ai-Lun was listed as the seventh most influential person in human history, right behind Muhammad, Isaac Newton, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Confucius and St. Paul. In the top ten, he numbers ahead of Gutenberg, Columbus and yes, even Einstein. His contribution outweighed those of Aristotle, Galileo and Edison!
You use his invention so many times a day, every day of your life that you seldom notice it, but in fact, you almost certainly are touching it right now.
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:24
GreenStar recently installed 18 solar panels on the roof of the receiving area on the southern side of the store, and as of mid-September, they’re providing clean, renewable power to the store. The 4.05 kW grid-tied system, installed by Ithaca’s Renovus Energy, is made up of 18 SunPower 225 Watt panels. The system is designed to generate an average of 11.1 kWh per day, or 4,038 kWh per year. Of course, energy production is both weather- and seasonally-dependent. General Manager Bini Reilly estimates that the system should provide around one percent of GreenStar’s power needs. The remainder of GreenStar’s power is provided by wind-generated electricity, purchased through NYSEG. GreenStar is excited to step into the world of renewable energy, as part of our continuing mission to exercise ecological responsibility and leadership.
Monday, 31 August 2009 12:33
By Kristie Snyder,
For GreenStar shoppers, having access to fresh fruits and vegetables may seem like a given. But for a lot of kids in our community, that’s not the case. Organizers of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in Ithaca heard from plenty of teachers, and students themselves, about kids who had never eaten vegetables, never tried certain vegetables, never tried an apple, even. That’s all changed now that the program provides daily snacks of fruits and vegetables to every classroom in the school.
The snack program, now in its second year, provides daily servings of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, locally-sourced and organic when possible, to pre-schoolers through fifth graders in each of the Beverly J. Martin (BJM) classrooms. A project of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods (NYCHSF), the program is supported entirely by private funding and community partners, including GreenStar and our non-profit affiliate, GreenStar Community Projects.
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By Alexis Alexander,
As I sit down to write this month's Membership Corner, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and thoughts of all I'm grateful for come to mind. Needless to say, being part of the GreenStar cooperative community is one of the things I'm most grateful for.
Over the past few years, it's been exciting to watch our co-op evolve in so many significant ways. Member benefits such as FLOWE...