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Reasons to celebrate at Cornell Plantations

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19 weeks 6 days ago

Sustainable Tompkins honors Cornell Plantations with four “Sign of Sustainability" Awards

Sustainable Tompkins recognized Plantations with four “Sign of Sustainability” awards which honor individuals and businesses with new initiatives related to sustainability. The four awards recognized Plantations for:

  • Our Environmental Education Program for Sustainability (PEEPS), an experiential learning program for local teen-aged youth and Cornell University students which aims to raise ecological awareness and understanding among participants and teach them skills that will allow them to cultivate an environmental ethic for future actions.
    • The Fischer Environmental Conservation Award received by our Natural Areas Program from the Town of Ithaca in May.  This award recognizes efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the Town.
    • Our hosting Peter Raven’s “Conserving Species in a Changing World” Class of 1945 Lecture as part of our public Fall Lecture Series
    • Our offering a self-guided Poetry Walk through the Mundy Wildflower Garden this spring where visitors could connect native plants to original poetry through an audio tour.

Plantations is thrilled to offer our community these signs of sustainability and look forward to offering many more!

Cornell Plantations receives a “Pride of Ownership” award from the Ithaca Rotary Club and City of Ithaca

Plantations also received the “Pride in Ownership” award by the Ithaca Rotary Club and the City of Ithaca. This award recognizes owners who have developed projects or taken care of their property in ways that enhance the appearance of neighborhoods and commercial areas. As part of the restoration of Cascadilla Gorge, Plantations commissioned local blacksmith artist, Durand Van Doren, to create a metal gate to close the gorge in winter. The gate beautifully captures the gorge’s natural elements decorated with metal oak leaves, waterfalls, and bedrock complete with fossils.