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County Legislature Establishes Energy Task Force

The Tompkins County Legislature voted unanimously on January 3 to establish the Tompkins County Energy Task Force. The County legislators charged the task force with providing input and guidance to the County Planning Department and the Legislature on the topics of energy, climate change, and energy-related economic development. It will also be available to provide advice to other community groups on these topics, as requested.

Speaking to the Legislature, County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx said that to achieve the County's energy-related goals, it is very important to have community engagement, as the County responds to recommendations from the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap and the County Environmental and Economic Development Task Force, and updates the County's Energy Strategy this year. Having people with expertise and interest to guide the work on these issues will be important, he said.

The broad-based task force, established for a three-year term, will be made up of 15-20 members appointed by the Legislature, with expertise in fields such as energy, renewables, climate science, economic development, transportation, business operation, as well as from other sectors.

In particular, the task force resolution called for the following groups to be represented:
  • Tompkins County Area Development
  • Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
  • Large businesses and small businesses
  • Renewable energy/energy efficiency consultant or contractor
  • Climate change expert
  • Tompkins County Council of Governments
  • City of Ithaca
  • Tompkins County
  • Transportation
  • Real estate development (a developer, architect or engineer)
  • Local organization involved in energy issues
  • Local organization involved in sustainability issues
  • Local organization involved in economic issues
  • Local organization involved in social justice issues, energy generation/utility, and higher education

Individuals interested in becoming members of the task force had until January 30 to apply. Membership is expected to be announced shortly.

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News and Events

2017 Energy Navigator Training Begins in March

The second round of Energy Navigator training begins in March 2017. Volunteer Energy Navigators learn to reduce their own energy use and save money, and help other community members do the same. 

Volunteers complete ten hands-on classes that cover a range of topics in energy efficiency, renewable energy and heating options, and learn about relevant incentives and financing. Transportation, local food, and waste reduction are also covered.

Following the training, volunteers commit to helping at least two other community members reduce their energy use by taking steps that are important to them. 

For more information, visit the Get Your Greenback website. If interested in applying, please fill out the 2017 Energy Navigator Interest Form or contact Karim Beers at kwb6@cornell.edu.

Energy Navigators is a program of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins with the support of Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

Classes will be led by Energy Expert Mark Pierce, along with Get Your GreenBack coordinator Karim Beers, educators from Cooperative Extension and other community organizations.

Next TCCPI Meeting

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
HOLT Architects
Conference Room
619 W. State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

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