Seal the Cracks goal:

Cracks Sealed

– $15,422 donated

– 768 tons of carbon offset

– 112 business, organization, and individual donors

Climate change and income inequality are big problems. That’s why it’s great when we can do something about both at the same time!

Seal the Cracks is an initiative to help people in our community who are most burdened by high energy bills, but don’t have the money for basics like insulation. Sustainable Tompkins is hosting a campaign to raise $10,000 to help local lower-income families with gap financing for home energy efficiency improvements.

We believe everyone in our community should be included in a clean energy future.

Learn more about our Seal the Cracks initiative.

Please join us today!



Join us as we work to seal the cracks around our community!


Oct 17: NYS Environmental Management Councils Statewide Conference @ TC Public Library

Oct 24: Have YOU Got the Energy? @ Octoberfest on The Commons, 12-5 pm

Oct 27: WHAT IF NEW YORK PASSED A CARBON TAX?  Community Leaders Role Play the Future @ Science Cabaret, Coltivare, 7-9 pm, happy hour 6 pm

Oct 30: Reception and Ithaca Premiere of ‘This Changes Everything,’ Cinemapolis, reception 5:30, movie 7 pm


Saturday, October 24th 12:00 – 5:00 pm, OKTOBERFEST, The Commons

Have YOU Got the Energy?

Join us at the Seal the Cracks booth at Oktoberfest. While sampling our local breweries, take part in our energy bike competition and scavenger hunt in Ithaca’s downtown! We will be giving away fantastic local prizes and accepting pledges and offsets. Join us on the Commons from noon to 5 pm!

Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm, SCIENCE CABARET, Coltivare

WHAT IF NEW YORK PASSED A CARBON TAX?  Community Leaders Role Play the Future.

MC:  Mark Savary

Host: Gay Nicholson, Sustainable Tompkins and the Seal the Cracks campaign

Premise:  NYS has passed a carbon tax after much debate.  It is one of the most aggressive and visionary in North America.  Each county will receive from the State a share of the collected tax after 60% of the tax is redistributed to low and moderate-income households to compensate them for higher fossil carbon energy prices.

In a stunning political compromise, the Cuomo administration agreed to forego collecting any of the carbon tax for use at the state level.  All of the 40% remaining refunds is to go to the counties to be used locally to both meet the State climate goal of 80% emission reductions by 2050 and to pay for any adaptation response needed by local communities.

It is now 2017 and the tax rate is $50/ton.  Tompkins County will receive $20 per ton of CO2 emissions in the county.  Emissions are estimated to be 1 million metric tons of which 31% is for heating, 26% for electricity, and 43% for transportation.  Carbon tax revenues for local use in 2017 will be $20 million dollars.

Due to citizen agitation over how the carbon tax funds were spent in 2016, the Governor has asked county legislatures to appoint a diverse Carbon Budget Task Force to propose how to spend the funds locally.  Their proposal must be approved via online voting by county residents.  After approval of the budget, revenues will be divided on a percentage basis for the next two years, after which the Counties must appoint a new Task Force to propose a budget for each two-year period after that.  Presumably the revenue will decline each year as people move away from use of fossil fuels.  So it’s important that we get it right!


Friday, October 30, 5:30 pm, Cinemapolis lobby

Offsetter party! Join us at a reception for our carbon offsetters as we celebrate this year’s Seal the Cracks campaign. All offsetters will be entered into a raffle for door prizes!


Friday, October 30, 7:00 pm, Cinemapolis

Ithaca premiere of ‘This Changes Everything’ by Avi Lewis based on Naomi Klein’s 2014 best selling book of the same name.  We recommend you buy your tickets in advance here since this will be the only screening of the film.

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

After the film, we’ll host a brief discussion of how the themes of the movie are playing out in Ithaca.


Champion Offsetters ($500+)

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Ellen Harrison

Ellen McCollister

Thomas Butler

Park Foundation

Rebecca Waring

Master Offsetters ($200+)

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Radwan Tajeddine

Joe & Marty Wilson

Mark Witmer

The Phillips Family

Dick Franke & Barbara Chasin

Andre & Dreia Spies

Kelly Zamudio

Wes Ernsberger

Carol & Bill Klepack

Chuck Geisler

Nancy Medsker & Tom Seaney

Susan Wolf

Tommie Blecher & Sara Schaffzin

Ithaca CarShare

Partner Offsetters

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Gay Nicholson

Ann Martin

Svante Myrick

Ellen Harrison

Peter Bardaglio

Kitty Gifford

Martha Robertson

Inshik Lee

Jackie Jablonski

Joyce Morganroth

Carol Skinner

David Weinstein

Nelson Hairston, Jr.

Lynn Leopold

Brian Chabot

Karen Reixach

Marian Brown

Pat Evans

Eliza Evett

Josjua Herzig Marx

Nick Goldsmith

John Finn

Edwin Wurtz

Judy Pierpont

Anne & Edward McLaughlin

Sonia Jirka

Joan Jedele

Barbara Page

Barbara Lifton

Don Barber

Steve Penningroth

Sabrina Johnston

Anne Stork

Tom Shelley

Marie McCrae

Regi Teasley

Susan Soboroff

Patti Myers

Jan Norman

Gary Isaacs

Christine Goodale

Cathy Emilian

Garry Thomas

Irene Stein

John Finn

Diana Nathanielcz

Marcia Skalnik

Janice Conrad

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

Trumansburg Montessori School

Tracy and Bob Duckett

Jan Zeserson

Marjory Brooks

David Wolfe

Ellie Feddersen

Bruce Monger

Liz Rowland

Jennifer Wilkins

Rebecca Stoltfus

Dean Krafft

Ern Larson

Lucy Keeler

Graham Gillespie

Sarah Liberatore

WR Evans