Tompkins County, NY is one of the cloudiest, least windy places in the country, and yet its residents are proving that we can meet our energy needs through totally renewable resources. From solar and wind to veggie oil and geothermal, Empowered: Power from the People tells the story of one community’s role in the energy independence revolution.

This feature-length documentary is directed by Shira Golding Evergreen and produced by Suzanne McMannis. Ari Evergreen designed the film’s graphics and this website. Our intern, Brian Chick, is an Ithaca College student double-majoring in Film and Environmental Studies. Click to learn more about the filmmakers.

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Empowered features the following people and organizations:

Jake and Zelda Blaine, Ithaca
Cal Walker, Ithaca
David Means, Trumansburg
Jim Rothenberg, Cayuga Heights
Sarah Highland, Caroline
Todd Saddler and Laurie Konwinski, Ithaca
Carolyn Kreisel and Annie Korman, Trumansburg

Renovus Energy
Art Weaver
Dakota Potenza
Joe Sliker

Weaver Wind Energy
Art Weaver
Alex Hagen
Gwendolyn Barr

The Dacha Project
Lily Gershon
Marina Gershon
Joe Fisher

TC Local
Bethany Schroeder
Jon Bosak

Town of Caroline
Dominic Frongillo
Steve Nicholson
Don Barber

Ithaca Biodiesel
Jamie and McKenzie Jones Rounds

Enfield Energy – Black Oak Wind Farm
Marguerite Wells and Lexie Hain, Enfield

Green Guerrillas Youth Media Tech Collective
Jason Corwin

Solar Systems Unlimited
Joey Gates and Crow Weaver

Sustainable Tompkins
Gay Nicholson