ITHACA, NY…Finger Lakes ReUse, a not-for-profit organization committed to turning waste into resources through reuse, is partnering with Words Into Deeds and Open Art Hive of Ithaca on Sunday, May 19th from 2-4 pm at the Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY 14850) for a Creative ReUse Workshop.

Gertrude Noden, founder of the curriculum Words Into Deeds, will present an introduction to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and Open Art Hive will host a workshop making creations inspired by these concepts. Come make art, play with materials as you choose, and get inspired by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and how they intersect with reuse and creativity. In particular, participants will be invited to connect ReUse to Sustainable Development Goal #12: Promoting responsible production methods and consumption behaviors. Materials will be provided to inspire your creations!

This event is supported by an Environmental Justice Community Impact Grantprovided by theEnvironmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This grant is offered to projects fighting environmental concerns in at-risk communities across New York State. This funding includes support for the development and implementation of educational programming and messaging about the direct connections between reuse and materials management to human rights issues, on both local and global levels, using the Words Into Deeds curriculum and based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

This event is free and open to everyone.

About Finger Lakes ReUse

Finger Lakes ReUse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating ReUse Centers open daily to the public in an effort to expand the reuse of materials, provide job training opportunities, create living-wage jobs; improve the local standard of living, and teach repair and reuse skills. In the course of achieving these goals, ReUse builds community, strengthens the local economy, and protects the environment by redirecting materials away from landfills and into productive reuse. For more information, visit

About Open Art Hive

Open Art Hive is an inclusive community art studio hosted by a group of artists & creative arts therapists looking to build accessible and free open art spaces around Ithaca and Tompkins County. For more information, visit

About Words Into Deeds

Gertrude Noden, founder of Words Into Deeds, has been invited by Finger Lakes ReUse to work with local youth to engage them in projects connecting reuse activities to global issues of sustainable consumption. A key feature of Words Into Deeds programs is helping students see their local research and actions in broader contexts. This is achieved by infusing readings and discussions throughout the program using, for example, the U. N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more about Words Into Deeds at