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The Ithaca Town Hall, located at 215 N Tioga Street, has made the following improvements over the years:
  • Adopted a Computer-based Energy Management System
  • Set building controls for maximum energy efficiency
  • Replaced inefficient lighting, saving 18,000 lbs of CO2/year and $3,000/year in electricity costs
  • Use of high efficiency lighting
  • Use of LED exit signs
  • Use of daylight for space lighting
  • Enhanced its recycling program 

Public Works

  • Purchase of used and refurbished vehicles and equipment when possible 
  • Most byproducts/waste collected and generated are reused in some way: leaves to compost, dirt and gravel from excavation to road material, brush and downed trees to mulch 
  • Uses a green de-icing product, “Ice B’Gone,” that has positive impacts on public health by improving water quality, increases safety, protects and preserves that natural environment and wildlife habitat, and provides cost savings 
  • Vehicle/equipment lending and borrowing structure with neighboring towns 
  • Energy efficient lighting in Public Works office facility

The Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility (IAWWTF) has made the following improvements:

  • Methane from digesters is captured and used to heat the digesters, meet ¼ of electricity needs, and provides some heat for the buildings 
  • Reuse effluent water in the buildings (no potable water) 
  • Performance contract will significantly improve building performance and reduce energy consumption: 
    • Replacing motors that pump oxygen with high speed turbine blowers 
    • Variable frequency drive motors to replace most motors (one of the #1 ways to save energy in the industry) 
    • HVAC/Lighting retrofits
Energy efficiency improvements are underway at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility. This is great news, since 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions from our government operations are related to wastewater treatment. The upgrades, part of a $9 million dollar performance contract, include building envelope improvements; heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements; lighting upgrades; and the installation of a 7.5 kW solar panel. Additionally, improvements to the anaerobic digesters and cogeneration system will allow the plant to use the biogas produced on site to provide a greater portion of the facility’s electricity and heating needs. The upgrades, which are nearly complete, will greatly improve the resiliency of the site, allowing the plant to provide up to three quarters of its own energy needs on-site.

Bolton Point Municipal Water System

  • Significant savings on energy bills by using off-peak rates 
  • Occupancy sensors in main facility