Finger Lakes ReUse is hosting a Community Town Hall at Cinemapolis (120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY) on Wednesday, March 11 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 

Join us at this community-wide event for an interactive discussion as Finger Lakes ReUse shares stories, reuse impacts and intent to continue to grow to better meet local reuse demand.  Community experts will share how the act of reuse impacts the local economy, community and environment, and how this work connects to global issues. As a local non-profit organization, Finger Lakes ReUse wants to gather input on how it can best serve community needs and expand and to discuss how reuse can help to address pressing local issues. Everyone is invited to share your thoughts and have your voice heard.

The Community Town Hall will include presentations, panel discussions, a question and answer period, and opportunities to join an ongoing conversation about reuse, both verbally and in survey form. Finger Lakes ReUse staff, along with guest speakers Aloja Airewele, Energy Warriors Coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; Lori Leonard, Professor of Sociology at Cornell University; and Gertrude Noden, Founder of Words into Deeds, will present and serve on a panel to join the conversation along with all attendees.

The event is free and open to all members of the community with an interest in reuse. Refreshments will be provided.  

Space for this event is limited. RSVPs are not required to attend but encouraged:


About the Speakers

Aloja Airewele is currently the Energy Warriors Coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and has over 18 combined years of experience in local social service, advocacy, and leadership development.

Lori Leonard is a professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell. She teaches a course called ‘Global Garbage’ that takes a global perspective on waste, recycling, repair and re-use, and she conducts research on the global circulation of secondhand goods. She is also a board member at Friendship Donations Network (FDN), a local food recovery organization that offers a solution to food waste while feeding hungry people.

Gertrude Noden, founder of Words Into Deeds, engages educators and youth in developing Global Citizenship skills through local and global projects that promote Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals for peace and security.

Please send any questions or additional comments you may have to Robin Elliott at