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The Future of Clean Energy in Tompkins County – Panel Discussion
Elisabeth Harrod from Snug Planet, Kate Millar from Renovus Solar, and Lou Vogel from Taitem Engineering discussed the future of renewable energy and energy efficiency in our community, exploring the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
Housing Capital Reserve Fund – Megan McDonald
As promised at the last meeting, Megan McDonald facilitated a discussion of the proposed Housing Capital Reserve Fund. Megan is an Associate Planner with the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability.
Sustainability and Energy Management at Ithaca College – Greg Lischke
Greg Lischke, director of energy management and sustainability at Ithaca College, will review the current state of the sustainability and energy initiatives at IC.
Energy Smart Community Update – Charleen Heidt
Charleen Heidt, the ESC community outreach coordinator, will provide an update on the smart meter rollout as well as the services offered as part of this initiative.
New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse – Ingrid Zabel
Ingrid Zabel is the Climate Change Education Manager at PR/Museum of the Earth. She will be presenting on the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse (NYCCSC), a gateway for policymakers, local planners, and the public to identify and access documents, data, websites, tools, and maps relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across New York State.
Climate Change Mural – Lachlan Chambliss (20 min)
Lachlin Chambliss is a local artist who recently completed a mural downtown on Muslim Culture. He would like to brainstorm with the group about a possible climate change mural.
Dryden Pipeline 2.0 – Irene Weiser (30 min)
Irene Weiser, co-founder of Fossil Free Tompkins and a member of the Caroline Town Board, will briefed the group on the status of the NYSEG compressor case and efforts to identify a group to become a party to the PSC proceeding
Climate Change in the News – Peter Bardaglio
If it’s August, then it must be time for a review of the year’s climate change developments. Things have gotten especially weird in the Age of Trump. But, thanks to leadership elsewhere, it’s not all bad news.
Energy Smart Community – Charleene Heidt
Charleene Heidt, the ESC Community Outreach Coordinator, provided an update on the smart meter rollout, including the schedule for installation of the smart meters, energy manager, and the expanded YES Home Solutions 2.0.
West Dryden Pipeline Rate Case – Irene Weiser
Irene Weiser is a co-founder of Fossil Free Tompkins and a member of the Caroline Town Board. She updated the group on the effort to explore a non-pipeline solution.
Green Building Policy Project – Nick Goldsmith and David West
Nick Goldsmith, the City and Town of Ithaca Sustainability Coordinator, presented an overview of the Green Building Policy Project. Then David West from Randall + West shared their work on the development forecast and building stock survey.
Why The Future Of Building Heating And Cooling Belongs To Heat Pumps -- Presented by Solar Tompkins/HeatSmart
Space Conditioning With Ground Source Heat Pumps -- Jens Ponikau
Jens Ponikau is the Vice President and Co- Founder of NY-Geothermal Energy Organization. His presentation explained the technology and installation process, and provided real life examples of what geothermal heat pumps achieved in terms of cost and energy savings for Upstate New York customers.
Residential Air Source Heat Pumps: What Works? – Bruce Harley
Bruce Harley is an air-source heat pump technical consultant. His presentation examined heat pumps that are suitable for cold-climate applications, focusing on new construction.
Renewable Heating and Cooling Policy in New York State - Scott Smith
Scott Smith, senior program manager at NYSERDA, discussed NYSERDA’s recently released “Renewable Heating and Cooling Policy Framework” that lays out a proposed approach to growing the renewable heating and cooling market in NY, including air-source and ground-source heat pumps.
Renewable Heating & Cooling Policy Framework – Options to Advance Industry Growth and Markets in New York published February 7, 2017
Changing Climate and Changing Energy Infrastructure: Implications for Regional Land and Water Conservation Efforts – Andy Zepp
Andy Zepp, the executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, discussed the impact of climate change and the shift to clean energy on conservation efforts.
What The Land Trust Does:
2) Land Purchases
3) Conservation Easements
Clean Energy Communities Program – Terry Carroll
Terry Carroll is the Clean Energy Communities coordinator and energy educator at the
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. He shared information about the Clean Energy Communities Program, a new NYSERDA initiative, and solicited ideas from the group about how municipalities that become designated clean energy communities can use their CEC grant money.
The Datalogger Project: Enabling Sustainable Communities – Howard Chong
Howard Chong, assistant professor of economics and sustainability at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future, provided an update on his Datalogger Project, which seeks to improve residential energy efficiency in the community.
Beyond the Climate March – Reed Steberger & Jane Whiting
Reed Steberger is the assistant coordinator of TCCPI and program director at the Multicultural Resource Center. Reed and Jane Whiting, the TCCPI youth sector representative, recently facilitated an ECO-TCCPI Talking Circle at MRC on race in the environmental movement. They reported on the Talking Circle and their plans going forward for continuing to promote conversations about climate action that recognize the importance of racial justice in the movement.
Global EconomicTrends in Renewable Energy – Peter Bardaglio
The 2016 numbers on solar and wind development have just been released in several different reports. Some good news here that will hopefully inspire us to do even more!
Energy Smart Community Survey & Focus Group Results – Rosalyn Bandy, Rich Stedman, and Dylan Bugden
Rosalyn Bandy, the Energy Smart Community Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and Rich Steadman, Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell, shared their findings from two different studies: an NSF survey of 2000 households in the community seeking to explore the various factors that might affect the response to the rollout of the smart meter program; and a series of focus group meetings aimed at facilitating better communications around the rollout. Dylan Bugden is a graduate assistant in the Human Dimensions Research Unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell.
NYSEG HeatSmart II – Jonathan Comstock
Jonathan Comstock, the Program Director of HeatSmart II, updated the group on the latest campaign to encourage Tompkins County residents to improve the insulation of their homes and purchase heat pumps.
Energy Smart Community Baseline Survey – Charleen Heidt
Charleen Heidt is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Energy Smart Community. She presented an overview of the results from the recent Energy Smart Community Baseline Survey.
NYSEG and Alternatives to the West Dryden Pipeline – Irene Weiser
Irene Weiser, a member of the Caroline Town Board and the TCAD Task Force on Energy and Economic Development, updated the group on the results of the Task Force’s discussion with NYSEG regarding alternatives to the West Dryden pipeline and she facilitated a discussion about next steps.
Cornell Climate Neutral Campus Options – Bob Howarth
Bob Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Cornell, presented the University’s recent report on the options for achieving its goal of climate neutrality by 2035.
Roundtable Updates on 2016 Accomplishments – All
The group shared two or three of their organization’s top achievements regarding climate protection and clean energy in 2016 as well as a brief preview of plans for 2017.
TCCPI Priorities for 2017 – Peter Bardaglio
At its meeting earlier this month, the TCCPI Steering Committee identified the following priorities for 2017:
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