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ITHACA, NY – Sustainable Tompkins has been celebrating the progressive spirit of Tompkins County since 2006 with their annual ‘Signs of Sustainability’ Awards program.

Last year, they turned it over to the public to help identify the people who are acting on their visions and making a difference in our community. The People’s Choice Signs of Sustainability Awards are selected through an online poll of community members who nominate those they believe made a contribution in the past year.  Polls are open again and it is time to head to the voting booth to show your support for the people, the businesses, and the organizations that stepped up in the past year to make ours a more sustainable and just community.

Voting is simple.  Just go to and hit the link there to the online survey.  You can vote up to 5 times for a mix of your favorite sustainability heroes. Polls will close on April 15.

Nominees and the top vote getters will be announced at the annual Earth Day Ithaca celebration on Sunday, April 23, 12-3 pm, at The Space. Thanks to sponsorship from Beck Equipment, Renovus Solar and GreenStar, this year’s Earth Day will also feature a community conversation on sustainable development, starting at noon.

Nominations can be made in four categories (Individual, Youth, Organization, Business) and voters are asked to note which sectors were impacted (Transportation, Food Systems, Energy & Climate, Buildings & Infrastructure, Democracy & Social Justice, Arts & Culture, Health & Well Being, Waste Reduction, Resilient Economy, Community Development, and Natural Resource Conservation), and to provide contact information for their nominee.

Sustainable Tompkins believes there is no one entity or event that set Ithaca on its course, but that it is the collective result of hundreds of initiatives by thousands of residents being woven together into a community fabric – a fabric that is constantly challenged to be more inclusive, more just, and more ecologically responsible.

Learn more about the history of the ‘Signs of Sustainability Awards’ at

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.