Zero Waste Ithaca in the News

January 11, 2023 – Zero Waste Ithaca’s Small Business Coordinator Jessica Franken’s wonderful op-ed was published on Ithaca Times: “My Big Idea: Make Ithaca a Zero Waste City.” For the original version with links to sources, check here.

November 18, 2022Ithaca Week journalist Desiree Holz featured our BYO Ithaca Reduces program: Nonprofit and local businesses push forward climate justice




November 2, 2022 Ithaca Journal reporter Kate Collins covered about our BYO Ithaca Reduces program: Zero Waste Ithaca, restaurants adopt BYO takeout container policy to reduce waste



October 26, 2022Can Festival Go Zero Waste? Zero Waste Ithaca’s BYO Ithaca Reduces program is mentioned in Tompkins Weekly Signs of Sustainability column.

June 15, 2022 – Yayoi was selected as one of three finalists for a national reuse award, the Reusies 2022 in the category of Activist of the Year.

Yahoo News roundup about the award is available here: Upstream’s Reuse Awards Returns for Second Run. Award ceremony took place on September 29, 2022.

June 20, 2022 – WENY’s Alex Deryn covered us in a 2-minute TV news segment on a yard sale hosted made possible by amazingly generous anonymous donations from Cornell students. We worked very hard to put this sale together, enjoyed ourselves, and raised $555.00 for our Ithaca Reduces program. Our local television debut was a cherry on top: Zero Waste Ithaca Hosts Yard Sale.

June 16, 2022Ithaca Voice mentioned us as a co-organizer of a climate rally: Rallygoers Push for Quicker Action on Climate Change.

June 1-7, 2022 Tompkins Weekly published an op-ed co-authored by the founders of Zero Waste Ithaca and Zero Waste Warren County on the waste section on New York State’s Draft Climate Scoping Plan: A Strong, Toxic-Free Climate Plan. Much of what we wanted to say was edited out from our original version. The draft plan has some good but it is still woefully insufficient. So we are also posting here the original titled: A Strong Climate Action Must Be Toxic-Free.

April 22, 2022Tompkins Weekly’s Eric and Kathleen Banford mentioned us as one of the local organizations celebrating Earth Day 2022 at Ithaca Farmers’ Market: Local Organizations Show their Care for Earth

March 2, 2022Ithaca Week reporter Erica Liberati covered us in an interview about our Ithaca Reduces BYO sticker program: A Green Sticker for a Good Cause: One Local Community Group Starts “Ithaca Reduces” Program

November 28, 2021 – Celestia Beakes from The Ithaca Week covers gift economy groups of the Ithaca area, including our area’s four Buy Nothing groups (as of June 22, 2022) that our members actively serve as volunteer admins. Buy Nothing groups in our area started from our online group discussion in 2019: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How Local Gift Economies are Forging the Path to Sustainable Communities

March 17, 2021 – Sydney Brumfield of The Ithacans covers Buy Nothing groups our members are actively involved in as group admins: Buy Nothing Project Comes to Ithaca

October 18, 2020 – Ithaca College TV’s Newswatch covers our activities such as trash pickups. Our 2-minute segment starts around 3 minutes mark.

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