The Town of Ithaca has a fundamental commitment to protect and enhance economic, community, and environmental resources. Currently, the Town is focusing primarily on environmental sustainability, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Town operations and community-wide.
Updated February 13, 2017
NYSEG to Consider Alternative to West Dryden Road Pipeline
It was announced February 6 that NYSEG has agreed to consider an alternative approach to building a new pipeline to address energy and economic development needs in the area. The West Dryden Road natural gas pipeline was planned to address gas reliability issues. Learn more here.
Town of Ithaca Purchases Hybrid Car for Codes Department
The Town of Ithaca recently purchased another hybrid vehicle for its fleet. The Toyota RAV4 hybrid will serve the Codes Department, reducing gas costs and GHG emissions about 25% compared to a similar conventional (non-hybrid) vehicle.
Survey Helps True Cost Tompkins Explore Living Costs
The True Cost Tompkins project is exploring the combined affordability of housing and transportation to determine the true cost of living in Tompkins County. Take a few minutes to complete this survey on your transportation and housing and you could win a $25 gift certificate.
Governor Announces Largest Offshore Wind Project in the U.S.
The Long Island Power Authority has approved a 90 megawatt offshore wind project, which will be the country's largest. Cuomo has pledged to develop up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030, enough to power 1.25 million homes, and the largest commitment in U.S. history. Learn more here.
- The Town Board has endorsed sustainability and climate protection as overarching principles to guide long-term decision-making (2014 Comprehensive Plan, page 22), however the Town has not yet adopted a specific goal for reducing community GHG emissions.
- Current sustainability efforts are aiming to meet or
exceed the ambitions of the Paris Agreement signed by nearly 200 countries,
which would require a reduction in GHG emissions of 80% by 2050.
The Town of Ithaca, under the direction of Supervisor
Bill Goodman and the Town Board, will carry out a sustainability
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In the past four years, the Town Board has taken significant action, highlighting the Town’s commitment to sustainability and climate protection:
- Adopted resolution to participate in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation “Climate Smart Communities Initiative,” committing the Town to the reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change (April 2009)
- Hired a Sustainability Planner in 2010 to carry out sustainability planning, goal development, and implementation (September 2010)
- Became a member of ICLEI
-- Local Governments for Sustainability -- joining more than 600
local governments throughout the nation who are leading the effort to envision, accelerate and achieve strong sustainability and climate
protection goals (October 2010)
Government Energy Action Plan 2011 (Fall 2011)
Baseline 2010: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report - Community (Summer 2011)
Baseline 2009: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report - Government (Spring 2011)
A Sustainability Framework (March 2011)
Press Coverage:Municipalities Launch Residential Energy Score Project - May 27, 2015
Ithaca Town Hall Begins Composting Program - January 30, 2015
Signs of Sustainability 2015 - Sustainability Leadership by an Organization
Signs of Sustainability 2015 - Sustainability Leadership by an Individual
In August of 2009, Governor David Paterson signed Executive Order No. 24 setting a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by 80% by the year 2050. See what the Climate Action Council is working on to implement this ambitious goal:
The Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan
establishes 18 goals and outlines a strategy for a future that is
economically prosperous, environmentally sound, and socially
responsible. The plan's implementation strategy discusses 65 actions
that together have the potential to reduce regional greenhouse gas
emissions by over 32 percent within 20 years.
Tompkins County has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions county-wide by 80 percent by the year 2050. Learn how by visiting:
The City of Ithaca is striving to protect the environment, to reduce energy costs, and to set a positive example to encourage others to reduce their own output of greenhouse gases. Learn more by visiting the following link:
The three higher education institutions in Tompkins County have
signed onto the American College and University President’s Climate
Commitment, pledging to achieve climate neutrality.
See how each school is making progress on this effort by clicking on the images below:
Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes is a non-profit organization that looks to expand the marketplace for sustainable living in the Finger Lakes region.
Sustainable Tompkins, a
citizen-based organization, has been leading the sustainability movement
in the area, working towards the long-term well-being of our
communities by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological
stewardship, and personal and civic responsibility.
The Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) is a cross-sector collaboration bringing
together leaders from the business, non-profit, local government, and
education sectors, whose organizations have made significant commitments
to climate protection. This coalition seeks to leverage the climate
action commitments made by institutions and organizations throughout the
County to mobilize a countywide energy efficiency effort focused
primarily on the retrofitting of buildings. In doing so, TCCPI has
fostered a culture of collaboration that has led to partnerships and
capacity-building amongst groups throughout Tompkins County.