Get Involved in Town Sustainability Efforts
Wondering what you can do to learn more and improve sustainability in and around the Town of Ithaca? Review the Current Initiatives section of the Sustainability webpage and the resources below.
Local Government & Organizations
Several local government agencies, non-profits, and businesses are working to advance sustainability. Do you want your local organization to be included here? Email us your logo, website link, and a short description (up to 35 words).
Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability
Tompkins County should be a place where the needs of current and future generations are met without compromising the ecosystems upon which they depend. Sustainability means equitably meeting the needs of all community members now and in the future.
Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management
The mission of the Department of Recycling and Materials Management is to develop and implement a sustainable materials management strategy for Tompkins County. With a focus on the state’s solid waste management hierarchy, this approach utilizes and prioritizes environmentally sound, cost-effective, socially responsible, and safe practices.
Cornell Cooperative Ex-tension of Tompkins County
The mission of Cooperative Extension is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Several CCE programs relate to energy, environment, food, and other important aspects of sustainability.
HeatSmart Tompkins, a program of Solar Tompkins, facilitates improved building insulation and promotes the conversion of fossil fuel heating to heat pumps. We provide the tools for each resident to make their own positive decisions based on the best information available. HeatSmart Tompkins is transitioning to CCE Smart Energy Choices.
Sunrise Movement – Ithaca Chapter
The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.
Summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is the most recent report, consisting of two volumes published in 2017 and 2018.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides data, tools, and information to help people understand and prepare for climate variability and change.
New York State
New York State is committed to the most aggressive clean energy and climate agenda in the country. In 2019, NYS passed the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act or CLCPA) to empower every New Yorker to fight climate change at home, at work, and in their communities.
NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
The Energy and Climate section of the DEC website focuses on the policies, programs and plans DEC and New York State have made to reduce GHG emissions and to help New Yorkers adapt as the climate changes. There is also information on New York’s energy resources.