ITHACA, N.Y.—Sustainable Tompkins has created a Sustainable Finger Lakes Map that provides an interactive interface for those interested in learning about the local sustainability movement.

Across the Finger Lakes region, people are trying to relocalize the economy and make local governance systems more fair and democratic while protecting the land, air and water.

The map has more than 800 entries currently and allows visitors to search eight categories related to sustainable living for local businesses, activities and programs. Submissions are accepted from businesses and programs to be added to the database, and the submission form can be submitted here.

Community members are invited and encouraged to help continue to build the map’s database with regional organizations focused on sustainability.

Lev Kitchen, Central New York Labor Federation, the Food Policy Council of Tompkins County and Oxbow Farm are all recent adds to the map, and each nods to the sustainability effort in unique ways.

Lev Kitchen works toward being a sustainable foodservice operator as well as supporting food security by donating 1% of revenue to the World Food Program.

The Central New York Labor Federation represents more than 200 local unions across 11 central New York counties and aids workers and union efforts in improving work and living conditions.

The Food Policy Council of Tompkins County acts as a non-governmental advocacy council that aims for sustainability and healthy food systems within the county. Its first initiative, Tompkins Food Future, aims to develop a county-wide collaborative food system plan.

Family-run Oxbow Farm is located in Erin, New York, and is committed to producing crops with no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and has been selling its produce at the Ithaca Farmers Market for more than 10 years.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is the digital editor/reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Joining in November 2021, she has covered a wide range of topics related to local news. She can be reached at,...