Building Bridges

Building Bridges for socially just, ecologically sound local economy exists to support the growth and connectedness of a network of people and organizations working to eliminate structural racism and poverty in our country. This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Sustainable Tompkins, CCE Environment Program, CCE Green Jobs Program, Ithaca College Committed to Change Initiative, Groundswell, Natural Leaders Initiative, the Multicultural Resource Center, and many others to build, support and maintain a local movement in the Tompkins Country region.

The vision of Building Bridges started in November of 2011, over the course of two days, with over 100 Tompkins County residents from different locales, economic circumstances, races and ages expressed the need for local financial and social investment strategies with strong relationships across race, class, and place and new knowledge of both privileged and marginalized communities.

How to Help? This work includes, but isn’t limited to, helping residents:

  • Identify and implement collaborative projects that bring social justice and sustainability activists together

  • Increase job readiness of unemployed and underemployed workers

  • Increase cultural competency of employers and employees

  • Increase capacity to identify and cultivate markets for new ideas, products and services that will create

    • Greater energy efficiency

    • Better waste management

    • More affordable, accessible transportation

    • More affordable, accessible food systems

    • Mechanisms for promoting and financing these ideas

Students and community members can access more information about opportunities to get involved by subscribing to the Building Bridges Network Newsletter.