Community Groups

Ithaca is home to a dynamic network of community groups that share a common purpose...

Hands form a circle in the sand
Hands form a circle in the sand

Looking beyond campus, many local groups are applying the principles of sustainability to solve real-world problems. These grassroots efforts directly benefit the communities which surround Cornell's campus, as well as people in communities around the globe.

Initiatives

  • Gardens 4 Humanity

    Gardens 4 Humanity seeks to address food insecurity, food access issues and diet related health issues...

  • Finger Lakes Land Trust

    Conserving the Finger Lakes region's gorges, forests, lakeshore and farmland for over 20 years...

  • Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

    Community-based campaign to inspire all 42,000 households and every business in Tompkins County to take at least one step to save energy and money in the areas of Food, Waste, Transportation, and Heating and Lighting...

  • Finger Lakes Climate Fund

    Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes...

  • Way2Go

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s Way2Go transportation program.....

  • Sustainable Tompkins

    Sustainable Tompkins is a community-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well-being of our region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and shared responsibility...

  • EcoVillage

    EcoVillage at Ithaca is unique in that it includes three co-housing neighborhoods...

  • Finger Lakes ReUse

    In 1995, Tompkins County made a commitment to develop a ReUse Center as part of its 20-Year Solid Waste Management Plan...

  • Local First Ithaca

    Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses...

  • Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI)

    TCCPI is committed to helping Tompkins County achieve a dynamic economy, healthy environment, and resilient community through a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy...

  • Cayuga Nature Center

    The Cayuga Nature Center cultivates awareness, appreciation and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education...

  • ReUse Tompkins-Second Hand Shopping Directory

    Online directory of 40 reuse and secondhand stores in Tompkins County...

  • Fall Creek Watershed Committee

    Formed by concerned citizens to promote understanding of how to maintain and improve the ecological health, economic vitality and overall beauty of the watershed...

  • Ithaca Carshare

    24/7 access to a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles without the worry or expense of car ownership ...