Zero Waste Ithaca in the News

June 2, 2023 – “Ithaca Protesters Rally Against Artificial Turf Project” A local radio station WHCU covered our rapid rally against Ithaca College’s plan to install artificial turf despite students’ protests for concerns for PFAS contamination and injuries.

June 1, 2023 – “IHS Holds Second Annual Climate Exposition” Ithaca High School’s The Tuttler features ZWI’s reusable sporks initiative at ICSD cafeterias in its coverage about the Climate Expo in May. Don’t throw away the sporks in trash bin! It’s for keeps for hundreds of years!

May 30, 2023 – “Zero Waste Ithaca Rally Against Turf Installation at Butterfield Stadium” on Ithaca Times. – Press release from ZWI.

May 17, 2023 – “BYO is the New GOAT” by ZWI’s Yayoi, Edible Finger Lakes. BYO stands for Bring Your Own, and in this case it means bring your own foodware and utensils as a way to cut down on food waste.

May 1, 2023 – “Zero Waste Enthuses Ithacans” A reporter Maddy Vogel recently highlighted Zero Waste Ithaca’s Bring Your Own (BYO) program in a feature article in Ithaca Week. The program encourages residents to bring their own reusable containers and bags to participating local businesses, reducing the need for single-use items and promoting sustainability.

March 6, 2023 – “BYO – The Right to Refill” featured on Sierra Club’s Susquehanna Sierran newsletter discusses BYO Ithaca Reduces program and the newly launched national BYO – US Reduces network, and the need for an updated BYO legislation in New York State.

February 15, 2023IC Says Thanks, but Others Say No Thanks to New Turf Field, Ithaca Times.

January 11, 2023 – ZWI member Jessica Franken’s 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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